Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Fresh Zesty Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) RecipeFresh and zesty, this is the Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) we’ve ever made. Use it as a bold dip, or a sauce to spoon over grilled chicken and veggies!

Zesty Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe
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Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong country.

Not that I don’t love the United States, with all the freedoms and conveniences it provides. We are very fortunate indeed.

It’s just that when it comes to cooking and eating, I always choose ethic cuisine over standard American comfort food.

Fresh Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe

I revel in the bold spices and fragrant produce found in Asian and latin-American recipes. So much so, that when I do make classic American meals, I tend to doctor them up with ethnic ingredients.

I can’t seem to help myself.

Making Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe

So for all you fellow fusion-loving cooks, today’s Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) recipe is a lovely light quick-prep sauce that improves every dish it graces, from cheeseburgers to pasta.

Aji Verde is not a “mashup” recipe on its own. It fact, it’s a classic Peruvian sauce traditionally served as a dipping sauce and as a topper for grilled meats and vegetables.

But seriously… It tastes good on everything, including breakfast hash, pizza, and Korean beef!

How to Make Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe

So what is the Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) you ask?

Aji Verde is a standard fresh-made condiment in Peruvian cooking that decidedly falls somewhere between salsa, pesto, and aioli.

Made with a little mayonnaise, nutty cheese, cilantro, spicy peppers, garlic, and lime, Aji Verde is comforting and packed with vibrant flavor.

How To: Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe

The secret ingredient is a pepper puree commonly used in Peruvian cooking called, Aji Amarillo Paste. Although this is not a standard grocery store item here in the US, it is readily available at latin markets, and of course, online.

You can omit the Aji Amarillo pepper puree if you don’t want to hunt it down, but it does offer a flavor that is distinctly Peruvian.

I just buy it on Amazon.

Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe

Making the Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) takes no time at all. Simply dump the ingredients in a food processor and puree until it is very smooth.

Then refrigerate the sauce until ready to use for… Chip dipping, burrito rolling, patty melt grilling, salad dressing, soup boosting, toast topping. I could go on and on. *wink*

Check out our video tutorial below…

Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

The Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce) - A simple and fresh dipping sauce recipe, fantastic with chips, fried plantains, and grilled chicken!

Servings: 12 (about 1 1/2 cups)
Nutrition Facts
Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 17 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated cotija cheese (or Parmesan)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Aji Amarillo Paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Break the bottom half of the stems off the cilantro and discard. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Lock the lid into place and puree until the mixture is very smooth. Taste, then add additional salt if needed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Use within one week.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Aji Amarillo Paste is an optional ingredient, but it does make the sauce taste more authentic. It is a simple puree of Peruvian yellow chile peppers. You can find Aji Amarillo online, and at most international markets.

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posted in Condiments
last updated February 6, 2019

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7 comments on “Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

  1. Kelley Lubankoposted July 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm Reply

    This is delicious enough to drink!!! Thanks!

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  3. Lisa Spencerposted April 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Does this have any spice (heat) to it?

    • Sommerposted April 17, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply

      Hi Lisa,

      Just a little! You can take out the jalapeno if you need it to be less spicy. :)

  4. Karinposted April 16, 2018 at 10:28 am Reply

    Can’t wait to make this! Just ordered the aji. But tell me about your chip mix here? Those also look amazing!