March 17, 2021

Aji Verde (Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce)


aji verde spicy peruvian green sauce
Aji Verde is hands-down my FAVORITE sauce. It is delicious on everything; from tacos, to roasted veggies, to grilled meat or roasted chicken. Basically, a dollop of aji verde makes even the simplest foods taste irresistible.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, tear the bottom half of the stems off the cilantro and discard or save for flavoring soup, stew, beans etc.
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crumbled cotija or parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Aji Amarillo Paste* (If you can’t find this, just add another serrano)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Purée until the mixture is smooth. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time if it is too thick. Taste, then add salt, to taste if needed.
  • *Aji Amarillo Paste is a key ingredient, as it makes the sauce authentic. It is a simple puree of Peruvian yellow chile peppers.
Keyword condiments, gluten-free, vegetarian
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  1. Marisol March 18, 2021 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Always wanted to learn how to do this condiment. Thank you Chef Dennisr

    • Deniz March 18, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome! I hope you love it as much as I do.

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