5 Traditional Peruvian Dishes You Have to Try

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Peruvian gastronomy is a true feast for the senses, reflecting the country’s cultural richness. Its intense flavors, diverse ingredients, and exquisite textures make this cuisine an unforgettable experience. Discover below the top 5 traditional dishes that are a must-try during your visit to Peru.

Ceviche

One of the must-have dishes in Peru is the famous ceviche, typical of the northern coast of the country such as Piura, Lima, Lambayeque, Tumbes, and La Libertad. This exquisite dish originates from a cultural fusion, and over the years, various versions have been created. The most well-known are mixed ceviche, fish ceviche, and black shell ceviche. It’s considered one of Peru’s most aphrodisiacal dishes.

Causita rellena

The Causa Limeña, also known as Causita Rellena, is a traditional dish from Peru with pre-Columbian roots. Derived from the Quechua term ‘kausai,’ meaning essential food, this dish is emblematic of Lima’s cuisine. Made with yellow potato, it’s served with slices of egg, olives, tuna, and shredded chicken, being a highly popular delight in Lima. Discover in this dish a simple yet incredibly flavorful combination that will delight your palate.

Ají de gallina

Ají de Gallina is a Peruvian dish that you’ll love. Originating from Peru, this dish offers a creamy texture accompanied by chicken pieces, served with white rice and olives. Its unique flavor and ingredient combination make it a gastronomic delight you shouldn’t miss.

Anticuchos

It’s impossible not to try this delicacy upon arriving in Peru. There are different varieties of anticuchos, but the original is made from specially marinated beef heart with ají panca, a slightly spicy pepper, with a very characteristic smoky flavor and skewered on a cane stick. Served with grilled potatoes or delicious chocho (Peruvian corn) and the essential ají. You can find this dish in restaurants or simply by walking the streets and asking anyone.

Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado is a flagship dish that fuses Peruvian and Chinese cuisine. It consists of tender pieces of beef sautéed with vegetables, French fries, and white rice, creating an irresistible blend of flavors. This delicacy is a must-try in Peruvian gastronomy that you cannot miss.

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