how to make peruvian hot sauce | Family Cuisine

Peruvian Hot Sauce is a spicy sauce that can be used on many dishes. It's made with cumin, garlic, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes. This recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce.


best aji verde recipe

Meet my new favorite hot sauce! Aji verde is a bold and bright Peruvian green sauce. It’s spicy and tangy, and packed with fresh flavor.

We’ve been dousing just about everything in aji verde since I found it—tacos, eggs, rice and beans, potatoes and more. A drizzle of aji verde makes the most basic of foods taste irresistible.

aji verde ingredients

I discovered aji verde not at a Peruvian restaurant, but at the Avanti food hall in Denver a few weekends ago. Have you been to a modern-day food hall yet? I’m like a kid in a candy store, since I can taste so many concepts from so many restaurants.

I walked up to The Rotary and ordered a couple of vegetable sides, plus all three of their sauces to sample. You know I can’t resist a good sauce.

We each took a bite of their grilled broccolini, which was doused in aji verde. Our eyes lit up and I vowed not to leave without the recipe. Today, I’m sharing the recipe with you!

how to make aji verde

Aji Verde Ingredients

The girl behind the counter said the sauce was made with cilantro, jalapeño, Parmesan and lime juice. I deduced that she must have forgotten to mention mayonnaise, since the sauce had an unmistakable mayo-like consistency. I also added garlic, to match the restaurant sauce’s pungent flavor.

Aji verde is often made with Cotija cheese, not Parmesan. They’re both hard, aged, salty cheeses that lend complexity to this bright sauce, and you can use either one.

A note on authenticity: The aji verde recipe you see here is more like the aji verde you might find at North American Peruvian restaurants than restaurants in Peru.

True Peruvian aji verde recipes are made with Peruvian ingredients including aji amarillo (hot yellow pepper) instead of jalapeño and huacatay (black mint or black mint paste) instead of cilantro. I haven’t tried these ingredients myself, but I’m ordering them now since this recipe has piqued my interest in Peruvian cuisine.

From what I’ve read, aji verdes vary between restaurants, so please consider this my version. I absolutely love it and hope you will, too.

Uses for Aji Verde

This zippy green sauce will liven up a wide variety of dishes. Like chimichurri, aji verde will be great on anything from your grill this summer. Here are some vegetarian ideas:

  • Tacos
  • Tostones
  • Rice and beans
  • Grilled or roasted vegetables
  • Prepared raw vegetables, like carrot sticks and strips of bell pepper (serve it as a party dip)
  • Salads
  • Scrambled or fried eggs
  • Sweet potato fries

aji verde recipe

On a homemade hot sauce kick? Here are a few more of my favorite spicy condiments:

  • Shatta (Middle Eastern Hot Sauce)
  • Zhoug (Spicy Middle Eastern Cilantro Sauce)
  • Fresh Jalapeño Relish
  • Creamy Avocado Dip

Please let me know how you like this sauce in the comments! I can’t wait to hear how you serve it.

aji verde drizzled on tacos


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