Write a comment
Peruvian Salsa Huancaina

Salsa Huancaina

Spicy Peruvian Cheese Sauce

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 Huancaina is a creamy, spicy, but still pleasant sauce with an inimitable Peruvian flavor that is prepared in no time with simple Peruvian ingredients such as aji amarillo, the Peruvian yellow chili pepper with its distinctive flavor, queso fresco, a fresh Peruvian white cheese, and milk.

Even though the Huancaina sauce gained popularity being the star of Peru’s famous starter Papas a la Huancaina, the scrumptious salsa is very versatile and goes extremely well with many other flavors.

While Salsa Huancaina is absolutely delicious as a dip for fries, tequeños, fried yucca sticks, corn on the cob, veggies and many other little goodies, it is heavenly with barbecued meat and when served as Spaghetti a la Huancaina or Risotto a la Huancaina. Comfort food with a Peruvian touch at its best.

Preparing Salsa Huancaina at home isn’t a big deal and done in 5 to 10 minutes. But if you are aiming for the real Peruvian flavor, there is no way around using aji amarillo. The perfect combination of its sweet fruitiness and heat gives the sauce its characteristic color and taste.

Usually you can find aji amarillo in Latin American food stores in numerous cities around the globe or online – if not fresh, then surely as paste, or whole frozen or canned, or as last resort grounded. While finding aji amarillo outside Peru might be challenging, it’s worth the effort.

Find below our quick and easy recipe for Salsa Huancaina.

 

 

LimaEasy's Recipe for Huancaina Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 3 aji amarillo (aji amarillo paste is fine as well)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp good neutral vegetable oil
  • 200 ml (a little less than 1 cup) evaporated milk
  • 250 g queso fresco (you can use feta or white farmer's cheese)
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 2 - 4 saltine crackers

Preparation:

  1. Cut queso fesco (or white farmer’s cheese / feta) into cubes and set aside.
  2. Remove seeds from the aji amarillo and chop into small pieces. Dice onion and garlic. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté aji amarillo (or paste), onion and garlic over medium heat until soft. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
  3. Transfer the mixture including the oil to a blender or food processor, add around 100 ml (about ½ cup) of evaporated milk and blend.
  4. Then add the cheese, the hardboiled egg and 2 saltine crackers. Blend. While blending slowly add more milk until your Huancaina sauce is smooth and fairly thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add more saltine crackers if your Huancaina sauce got to thin, or a little bit more milk if it's too thick.
  6. Enjoy my absolute favorite Peruvian salsa!
Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Peru Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

Latest Content...

Latest Video

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History - Lima, Peru.mp4

National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History - Lima, Peru.mp4

Founded in April 1826, the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru (MNAAHP) is Peru's oldest state museum. On display is a wide range of perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics, textiles, metals, organic materials and lithic's. Objects of historic-artistic value are exhibited. The documentary, photographic and bibliographic collections tell...
Submitted by: Tintin
02 July 2021

Long Reads...

  • Peru Info

    Peruvian Economy

    The Peruvian economy is an emerging, social market economy highly dependent on foreign trade and classified as an upper…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    History of Peruvian Archaeology

    The story of the origins and development of Peruvian archaeology begins with the earliest Spanish contact in 1524, and…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…