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Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips

Salsas, sauces or dips are an essential part of the Peruvian cuisine and a must on every table. A Peruvian menu without at least three or four different salsas is incomplete. Peruvians love their salsas and use them literally on any food. Peruvian sauces intensify or vary the unique flavors of local dishes. Nearly all salsas contain typical Peruvian ingredients like aji (chili pepper), Peruvian lime juice and local herbs making them really distinct.

Just be cautious when trying a special sauce for the first time: it might be pleasantly spicy or could be incredibly HOT.

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Salsa Criolla

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Salsa Criolla probably is the most important and most popular side dish / sauce in Peru. Prepared with red onions, aji amarillo, the juice of Peruvian limes and some freshly chopped coriander or parsley, Salsa Criolla accompanies numerous typical local dishes and just has to be on the table when enjoying a great Peruvian meal.

Salsa de Aji - Aji Criollo

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Like Salsa Criolla, the hot and spicy Aji Criollo or Salsa de Aji is an absolute must on every table. Prepared with Peruvian yellow chili and oil, this sauce can be either pleasantly spicy with a moderate heat or extremely hot, so be careful when trying.

Salsa Huancaina

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Peruvians love salsas, sauces and dips. They are a must on every dining table and complement, enhance or vary the unique flavors of local dishes. One of the most popular sauces in Peru that reflect the soul of the Peruvian cuisine is Salsa Huancaina.

Salsa de Rocoto

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Salsa de Rocoto is probably one of the most popular Peruvian sauces. This powerful hot sauce is used by Peruvians on virtually any food and an essential dip on every table.

Salsa de Palta

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Guacamole is Mexican, sure; but as the Peruvian version of this famous avocado dip is so popular in the country and accompanies numerous starters and other dishes it just belongs in this Peruvian Salsa section.

Salsa Verde de Cilantro

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
In Peru you find numerous variations of the classical Green Sauce. Main ingredient surely is coriander which is blended with oil, Peruvian lime juice, onions, chili peppers and garlic.

Mayonesa

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Peruvian Mayonnaise might be prepared the same way as back home. But especially the use of fresh Peruvian lime juice gives the mayonesa peruana a very special flavor. Peruvians love their mayonnaise.

Salsa Ocopa

Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Originally from Arequipa in southern, Salsa Ocopa is similar in texture to Salsa Huancaina and traditionally as well served with boiled potatoes. But its flavor is very different. Main ingredient of Salsa Ocopa is the herb Huacatay (Peruvian black mint) which gives the sauce a really unique delicious taste.
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