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Aji Verde Recipe (Peruvian Green Sauce)

Aji Verde is a Peruvian green hot sauce. It's made up of fresh cilantro, aji amarillo, huacatay and cheese that makes it creamy and spicy. Typically served alongisde pollo a la brasa, it pairs well with roasted vegetables, chicken or bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Peruvian, South American
Keyword: aji verde, green sauce, green sauce peru, green sauce peruvian, peruvian hot sauce
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 185kcal
Cost: $12

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup good-quality mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's)
  • 3 ounces queso fresco or blanco
  • 2 serrano peppers ends trimmed
  • 1 bunch cilantro with the leaves removed and stems discarded*
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 green onions ends trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons huacatay paste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon aji amarillo paste (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • To a blender, add the lime juice, olive oil, cheese, mayonnaise, serrano peppers, cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, green onions, huacatay paste, aji amarillo and salt. Blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, until very smooth. At first the cilantro leaves won't be totally smooth, but keep the blender running and it will eventually become cohesive and smooth.
  • Give it a taste and adjust the salt according to your liking. Keeps in the fridge for up to a week. 

Notes

Tips: 
  1. If you have a super high powered blender such as a Vitamix or Ninja, etc, it can process a lot of the stems. If you don't, I suggest to remove al of the cilantro leaves. 
  2. I would suggest to add the liquids to the bottom of the blender and then add the cilantro on top. It helps combine all of the ingredients. 
  3. To make this Whole 30, eliminate the cheese and replace it with a bit more Whole 30 compliant mayonnaise. 
Equipment: 
Vitamix Blender | Squeeze Bottles | Silicon Spatulas
Ingredients: 
Huacatay | Aji Amarillo | Aji Panca 

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.5g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 19.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 80mg