Want to know more about Peruvian food? Peru is a wonderful country when it comes to food because there is a wide range of flavors to experience.
In Peru, you can eat classic dishes such as lomo saltado, ceviche and pollo a la brasa, as well as slightly more unusual dishes made from both guinea pig and alpaca hearts.
Below is a list of 10 traditional Peruvian dishes and more information about Peruvian dishes.
Antiquechos of the heart
Anticuchos de Corazón is a very special Peruvian dish made from the heart of an alpaca or cow.
It may sound a little scary to eat, but it is actually very healthy and is said to be one of the best meats you can eat in Peru.
The heart is cut into pieces and usually marinated in garlic, vinegar, cumin and chili. The pieces are put on skewers and grilled until they are medium rare.
The Afro-Peruvian population invented taku Taku – a food made to consume leftovers.
Today it is a very popular dish in Peru, loved by locals and tourists alike.
Tacu Tacu is made from rice and mashed beans as well as onions and various spices. The ingredients are shaped into patties and fried until the surface is slightly crispy.
It is similar to a “steak” or can be served with an egg.
If you like chicken, definitely try this dish. It is a dish made from chicken that is marinated for hours in garlic, lime, paprika, soy and black pepper.
The chicken is grilled over an open fire until the meat is really cooked and served with potatoes, salads and various sauces.
Ceviche is one of Peru’s most famous dishes internationally.
It is the national dish of Peru, made from fish or shellfish (such as shrimp and squid). It is boiled in lime juice and seasoned with salt and chili. Before serving, sprinkle coriander and chopped onion over the dish.
This is a true classic in Peruvian cuisine!
Potatoes with cream cheese, garlic, evaporated milk, chili, pretzels and lime sauce – that dish is Papas a la huancana.
Papas a la Huancaína is usually served as a side dish or as an appetizer. Before serving, cover the dish with a hard-boiled egg.
rice with duck
Arroz con pato is another classic in Peruvian cuisine. The dish is made from rice cooked with different herbs, coriander puree and dark beer.
Roasted duck leg on top of rice just before serving.
This dish originates from Arequipa, Peru and is made with potatoes and a nice sauce with hard boiled egg and olive.
The sauce is great and tastes great with onions, garlic, pretzels, peanuts, peppers and various spices such as cilantro and huacatte.
Cuy is probably one of the strangest foods for tourists visiting Peru. It is a grilled guinea pig dish, usually served with potatoes and gravy.
Eating a guinea pig is completely normal in Peru, it’s as common as eating a cow.
When it comes to Peruvian food, Lomo Saltado is a must-try. It is one of Peru’s most popular and loved dishes.
Lomo saltado is a dish made of chopped and soy-marinated beef, fried in various spices, onions and aji peppers.
The meat is served with both rice and potatoes.
Slow-roasted chicken with a creamy sauce made with cheese, walnuts, milk and aji Amarillo peppers. Aji de gallina is a true classic in Peruvian cuisine and much loved by the locals.
Aji de gallina is served with rice and potatoes, topped with black olives and a hard-boiled egg before serving.
More about Peruvian cuisine
It can be said that Peruvian cuisine can be divided into three areas; mountain area, sea area and rain forest area. In these different parts you can find different Peruvian dishes with local ingredients.
The most common ingredients in Peruvian cuisine are chicken, beef, pork, shellfish, and quinoa, rice, lime, chili, corn, chili, tomatoes, and potatoes.
An interesting fact about Peru is that more than 100 different types of potatoes grow in the country. Therefore, it is common to cook or serve local dishes with potatoes.
The traditional way of cooking is pachamanca. Pachamanca is an above-ground oven made by digging a hole in the ground and placing hot stones in it.
This grill is still used for cooking during various celebrations in the Andes.
Peruvian drink to taste:
- more coke
- Pisco Sour
- coke mate
- chicha violets
- Chicha De Jora
- Strawberry Chicha
Peruvian desserts to taste:
- Caramel cookies
- lemon pie
- Breathe for Limenas
- chocolate cake
- roasted milk
- Mrs. Pepa. by Nougat
- From Guindone to Bavaria
- purple dungeon
- three milks
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