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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 ethnic 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*

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Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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)


  • 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


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



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.


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 17kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 10mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Peruvian
Author: Sommer Collier

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11 comments on “Best Aji Verde (Peruvian Green Sauce)”

  1. It has a great taste. I am wondering if it should be thin. Your picture looks thick but my sauce seems thin. It does however taste amazing!

  2. Excellent. Served it to a Peruvian friend.
    He thought the taste was authentic. Thanks.

  3. I added a bit more salt, some cracked black pepper, a bit more lime and mayo, 1 T white vinegar and 1/2 T canola oil. Perfection!

  4. This is delicious enough to drink!!! Thanks!

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  6. Does this have any spice (heat) to it?

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