Popular Peruvian Dishes

5 Most Popular Peruvian Dishes

For some, one of the biggest highlights of a Machu Picchu travel deal is the opportunity to sample the gastronomic fare offered by traditional Peruvian restaurants. Whether you’re a fan of spicy and savory dishes or fresh seafood, Peruvian cuisine has something to offer for everyone.

Here, we’ve collected some of the most popular traditional dishes you’ll encounter on your Machu Picchu vacation, so let’s take a look.

Peruvian ceviche
Peruvian ceviche

Ceviche

Peru is most well-known for its ceviche, consisting of a variety of fish and seafood prepared in a citrus marinade that cooks it, in addition to adding a distinct and zesty flavor. Ceviche often consists of white fish (sea bass or something similar), octopus, shrimp, and scallops. It’s often served with spicy peppers, fresh onions, corn kernels, and other garnishes.

Papas a la Huancaina
Papas a la Huancaina

Papas a la Huancaina

Another local favorite is papas a la huancaina (potatoes in spicy cheese sauce). This dish consists of thinly-sliced potatoes and hard-boiled eggs covered in a spicy sauce made from a purée of fresh cheese, garlic, lime, condensed milk, and yellow peppers. The dish originated in the city of Huancayo and has since become a staple in Peruvian cuisine.

Cuy (Guinea Pig)

A popular pet for many westerners, the guinea pig is also one of Peru’s most sought-after delicacies. It’s traditionally smoked or roasted in much the same way as a suckling pig, served with potatoes and other vegetables. Each locale has their own recipe, stuffing the guinea pig with local herbs and spices then serving it with a signature spicy aji (pepper) sauce.

Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado

This is one dish you don’t want to miss on your Machu Picchu vacation. Think of lomo saltado as sort of the Peruvian take on steak and French fries. The dish is often made with a prime cut of beef, stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, and garlic to create a rich, savory gravy. The dish is then garnished with French fries so you can scoop up every last bit of the dish.  

Ají de Galiina
Ají de Galiina

Aji de Gallina

This creamy chicken dish is a salty and savory delight, consisting of shredded chicken served with a thick cream sauce made from crushed walnuts, fresh cheese, and yellow peppers. The sauce is mild but bursting with flavor. Traditionally, the dish is served with olives, rice, and thinly-sliced potatoes as an accompaniment.

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