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27 BEST Peruvian Recipes: From Alfajores To Tequenos & More!

27 BEST Peruvian Recipes: From Alfajores To Tequenos & More!

Today, we have gathered a list of Peruvian recipes for travelers who love Peru’s cuisine.

Peru is one of the countries of South America along the Pacific Coast.

It is the 19th largest country in the world and the third largest in the continent.

Peruvian cuisines are mostly influenced by the native population which includes the Inca and other cuisines that are brought by the immigrants of Africa, Europe and Asia.

There are four traditional staples in Peruvian cuisines which include potatoes, corn, Amaranthaceae (kaniwa, kiwicha, quinoa) and legumes.

The Spanish also added rice, wheat and meat to the Peruvian cuisines.

Looking for something with meat, then try out Peruvian Chicken Stir Fry or Beef Stir Fry.

Are you a fan of seafood?

Then try out the Nikkei Aquachile, Ceviche and the Peruvian Shrimp.

Try out Tequenos and Papa A La Huancaina and you will be inspired by the uniqueness of these Peruvian appetizers.

Below is a diverse list of different Peruvian cuisines which you can enjoy on your next trip to Peru or simply make it at home and devour the goodness.

Fresh prawns are loaded with aguachile dressing, which is composed of lemon juice, tangerine juice, garlic, jalapenos, Fish sauce and some other seasonings to make this traditional and mouth-watering seafood dish really pop!

It is also garnished with fresh vegetables like red onions and cucumbers to add to the exotic flavors.

These anticuchos are considered a traditional dish and are very popular in Peru.

They are so famous that Peruvians even celebrate a national day for anticuchos on every October 17th.

The heart of beef is marinated in a chili paste prepared with simple ingredients and then grilled on skewers to prepare this delicious cuisine.

It is also a very common street food in Peru that you can enjoy at your home with this recipe.

Ceviche is a traditional seafood cuisine that originated from Peru and is made with fresh raw  white fish.

In this cuisine the white fish is cooked in fresh lime juice with some seasoning until it is soft, juicy and tender and then garnished with fresh vegetables like red onion.

Ceviche has an appetizing look, with flavors that are loved by tourists and locals equally.

Combine a few ingredients and you will get these delicious Peruvian beans and can serve them with any main course.

In this recipe of canary peruvian beans, the beans are first cooked traditionally and then finished cooking in an Instant Pot to get this dish done.  

I first had Cheese tequenos at a Latin restaurant in Dallas called Zaguan’s and I’ve been hooked on the rich, deep-fried poppables ever since.  

These Beef Tequenos created in Peruvian style make a perfect appetizer for parties and gatherings.

As per the Curious Cuisiniere: “Peruvian tequeños are usually made with spring roll wrappers or wonton wrappers and have a greater variation of fillings, such as ham and cheese, hot dogs, ceviche, crab meat, and lomo saltado (beef).”

I’m in!

This salsa is basically a Peruvian chili cheese sauce which is made of aji amarillo and fresh white cheese.

You can serve it with almost everything—it’s a universal crowd pleaser.

In this recipe the shrimp are loaded up with Peruvian red sauce, which is prepared from  seasonings such as cumin, garlic, and paprika.

This dish has bold flavors and uses ingredients that aren’t so exotic that you can’t find them at a major supermarket, so you can try some Peruvian flavors today for dinner.

It looks heat-spicy, but all that red is just coming in “hot” as the rather mild smoked paprika.

Peruvian Quinoa Porridge makes a perfect breakfast for winter mornings.

You can also add some fresh fruits and enjoy the goodness of this yummy treat early in the morning and make a great start to the day.

Quinoa is a favorite grain of Peruvian chefs and eaters alike, and this soup features this in spades. 

With fresh vegetables, they all combine to form an awesome bowl of exotic flavors.

It will take you almost 35 minutes to make this soup but every single second of this effort will be worth it in the end when you savor this bowl.

Cabbage, leeks, turnips, and sweet potatoes are going to layer in the flavor, too.

This recipe requires a minimal amount of effort and the flavors are finger-licking good.

All you have to do is stir-fry marinated chicken with fresh vegetables like bell peppers and onions.

I find that stir frys are some of the easiest meals to get on the table hot and fast. 

According to the folks over at, this dish is traditionally served over, you’ll never guess: BAKED FRENCH FRIES. 

I’m on board with this.

Let us know what you think if you try this one.

This recipe is an emblematic appetizer in Peru and may look strange to the non locals.

Thick boiled potatoes are covered in a Huancaina sauce and offer the most delicious blend of different flavors like cheesy and salty.

Parihuela is a warm and spicy Peruvian soup which is perfect for devouring in the winters and all year round.

The appetizing flavors are guaranteed if you use fresh ingredients, especially fresh white fish.

On your next trip to Peru, do try this traditional cuisine with the peruvians favorite quinoa as the main ingredient, you will be awed by the wholeness of this one dish.

You can also create your own variations of this dish by adding a wide variety of fresh and colorful vegetables.

Causa Limena, try it once and it will soon become your favorite dish from the peruvian menu.

This recipe is very close to the restaurant version that you can find in Peru, close in taste and look both.

This is something unique and different from the usual cuisine that I make at our home and will definitely inspire your guests at the next dinner party.

It seems that Peruvians can make anything incredible out of quinoa. 

This special fresh vegetable and quinoa stew is a perfect example of their traditional food.

Warm flavors of quinoa blended with fresh vegetables like carrots, zucchini and bell peppers along with some spices make a hearty and flavorful combination

This is why Peru is considered the culinary capital of the world because of such rich and bold flavors which are combined in this beef stir fry recipe.

This is a quick and easy recipe that will be loved by all family members including kids.

These are traditional Peruvian steamed half mussel shells which are filled with some fresh vegetables and seasonings.

Seafood lovers don’t need to visit Peru to taste this authentic dish.

Make a version of it in the comfort of your own home with this great recipe

This is a varied version of Papa a la huancaina with a spicy delicious sauce made from scratch with sesame seeds.

This is a vegan “cheese” sauce made from sesame seeds, vegetables and spices that add a unique twist to the traditional cuisine.

A great use for nutritional yeast, and sesame is a great substitute for cashews. 

Thought you could make ceviche only with seafood?

Well there is a unique and exclusive variation that uses mangoes.

The traditional ceviche treatment is given to mangoes and you can also add some vegetables like onions and cilantro to enjoy this blend of sweet and sour flavors.

Make our delicious tex-mex quinoa salad and serve it with this new favorite grilled skirt steak.

You will be amazed by the combination of different flavors in this one.

These classic Peruvian Alfajores are tasty cookies—very sweet, crumbly, tender and crisp at the same time.

These are famous in South America and has a growing following here in the U.S.

You will find them in the bakeries of Peru, but this homemade version is also almost like the bakery ones.

Suspiro Limeno is a classic Peruvian dessert, which is like custard made of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and egg yolks.

This custard-like sweet dish is topped with meringue made from port.

Lucuma is one of the most unique tropical fruits from Peru.

It is very popular in Peru and used in a large number of desserts and cuisines, like this delicious ice cream.

The vibrant and lively green sauce makes this Peruvian chicken a perfect option for a delicious and a different dinner.

This is the most tender and juicy chicken recipe you will ever find.

This salad is an ideal combination of corn, lima beans, fresh vegetables and some warm and yummy herbs.

The perfect blend of traditional Peruvian ingredients make it an awesome summer salad to enjoy on your trip to Peru or at home right now.

Looking for a rice side dish in Peruvian traditional style?

Your search is over, as I present the Peruvian Green Rice, loaded with fresh, fragrant cilantro.

You can also add some vegetables like peas and carrots to add more hearty fiber.

This green sauce will really inspire your taste buds and give them a twist they will never forget.

It is spicy and creamy, made with cilantro, peppers, lime and garlic.

The bottom line

Try out these delicious recipes coming from the heart of the culinary capital of South America: Peru.

27 Peruvian Recipes

27 Peruvian Recipes

Today, we have gathered a list of Peruvian recipes for travelers who love Peru’s cuisine.


  • Nikkei Aguachile
  • Peruvian Beef Heart Kabobs
  • Ceviche
  • Peruvian Beans
  • Tequenos
  • Salsa Huancaina
  • Peruvian Shrimp
  • Peruvian Quinoa Porridge
  • Peruvian Quinoa Soup
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Papa A La Huancaina
  • Parihuela
  • Quinoa With Vegetables
  • Causa Limena
  • Quinoa Stew
  • Lomo Saltado
  • Choros A La Chalaca
  • Papa A La Huancaina With Sesame Sauce
  • Mango Ceviche
  • Grilled Skirt Steak
  • Alfajores
  • Suspiro Limeno
  • Lucuma Ice Cream
  • Peruvian Chicken With Creamy Green Sauce
  • Peruvian Chopped Salad
  • Peruvian Green Rice
  • Peruvian Green Sauce


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