Flavors of Peru: Authentic Peruvian Food You Must Try

Curious about authentic Peruvian food? There is an incredible gastronomy scene in Peru. Lima is the only capital in South America located on the coast, and the ceviche here is top-notch.

Traveling to Peru? From Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina and the classic Pisco Sour drink, these are some of the top 9 must-try authentic Peruvian foods.

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Authentic Peruvian Food

1. Ceviche 

No visit to Peru is complete without trying ceviche. The fresh fish is marinated in citrus and is typically served as an appetizer. 

2. Lomo Saltado 

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Lomo Saltado

My favorite! Lomo Saltado is a dish made with beef, onions, tomatoes, and french fries. It’s served with a side of rice. 

3. Aji De Gallina

This Peruvian dish is made with aji amarillo peppers and served with boiled potatoes, a hard-boiled egg, and black olives.

4. Cuy 

Deep-fried cuy or guinea pigs are common to eat in Peru. 

5. Causas

Causa rellena is made with mashed potato and filled with shredded tuna, chicken, or salmon blended with mayonnaise. The dish is served cold and usually comes with hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and olives. 

6. Chicharron

Deep-fried pork! It’s just as delicious as it sounds. 


Anticuchos are kebabs/skewers made from the cow’s heart. 

7. Papa a la Huancaína

This Peruvian appetizer is made with boiled yellow potatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce. The sauce is served cold. 

8. Pisco Sour

Treat yourself to a delicious pisco sour made with Pisco, an alcoholic drink. You’ll need Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and an egg white to make this tasty cocktail.

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We ate at Panchita and sampled the classics with a twist. A piqueo filled with tamalito, papa rellena, ocopa, choclo a la huancaina, causa limena, anticucho de corazon, chicharron, camote y salsa criolla. We followed it up with the seven colors of the criolla kitchen.

The small portions were just the right size to sample it all. Dishes include mollejitas a la limena, aji de gallina, carapulcra, cau cau, sangrecita, patita, frejoles con jugo y arroz.

When in Lima, visit El Malecon, situated along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. I caught up with a friend from Hawaii at Larcomar, a shopping center in the Miraflores district of Lima. and we tasted Peruvian craft beer in Miraflores.

I ate at Tanta twice, once in Miraflores, and a second time at the airport. Panchita and Tanta are the brainchildren of chef Gastón Acurio, recognized for putting authentic Peruvian food on the map.


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