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Amazing Peruvian Green Sauce

Peruvian Green Sauce is a jalapeno, cilantro, garlic lover’s delight! I really must say that this is WAY BETTER than ketchup! I eat it on everything!

Peruvian Green Sauce

(This is an updated post from 2014. It is one of my most popular so I figured it was time to reintroduce this!)

Peruvian green sauce is my go to favorite sauce. Loaded with lots of my most loved ingredients; this is way better than ketchup.

I don’t know if it’s the tanginess of the lime juice, the spice of the peppers, or the herbiness of the cilantro, but this sauce is amazing.

It seems every one who tried this likes it, though purists dispute that this isn’t the real thing. I agree!  I’ve never had the real thing, because I’ve never been to Peru.

After serious research, I’ve decided that every home cook must have there own version.


Peruvian Green Sauce


So here goes: Yes, I know jalapenos are not a Peruvian pepper. But in Denver we can’t get Peruvian peppers, so jalapenos will have to do.

I did find aji paste in the grocery, so if you’d like to amp up the spice, just add a spoonful to this recipe.

However, I love this just as it is. Though it seems some on Pinterest have taken great offense. Well, recipes are so adaptable and this is one of them.

And just like some Chinese recipes are fake news, I guess some Peruvian recipes are also.


Peruvian Green Sauce

I did not name this. Originally, I found this on Serious Eats and I trust them!

Sour cream or mayonnaise? There appears to be a conflict there also. Seems there are conflicts everywhere these days!

But green sauce it is, and in this case jalapenos are it!

This green sauce is not thick. It is a drizzling sauce that is perfect for dipping.

Peruvian Green Sauce Ingredients

Perfect over Peruvian chicken. Or plain old grilled chicken. Dip taquitos in it. Perfect for nachos. Or dipping veggies. Drizzled on rice. Spread on a sandwich. Or just on a spoon.

Peruvian green sauce is perfect on fish, eggs,  and any grilled meat. Spoon it on tacos or quesadillas, and even hotdogs.

Peruvian green sauce should be proud of its name. It is a good name. Just like it is a good sauce.

This is not a bright green sauce. Maybe a more timid green, but it is a happy green none the less.


Peruvian Green Sauce


Deciding to make Peruvian chicken, was a no brainer because, it really does go perfect with this aji verde sauce.

And the Peruvian chicken? Well, it was divine. Rubbing it with a hearty spice mixture and then slowly grilling it with a touch of smoke just made for the best chicken.

Not sure if it is an authentic Peruvian recipe, but it was delish! 

We found that there was just the right amount of spice in this. Not to spicy, but just enough.


Peruvian Green Sauce


However, the heat of the sauce is determined by how many seeds you leave in the jalapenos. Deseeding the jalapenos cuts down on the heat.

Don’t get this sauce confused with a Mexican green sauce, which contains tomatillos. 

Peruvian Green Sauce is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. My friend Holly, from A Baker’s House, made  this video so you can see how simple this sauce is too make!

Don’t believe me? Well, check it out below!  And yes…I think it’s quicker to make this than it is to read this post!


Below is the original post from 2014.

The last week has been a blur.  It took awhile to get things back to “normal” after coming home to paint dust and splatter. I cleaned each and every cabinet out and was happy with my work.

Yes, I still have the refrigerator to do, but cabinets that haven’t been cleaned inside in years, are finally clean again. No sooner had I finished, than Manservant came up the steps, announcing that Alex was coming home tomorrow.

Which meant cleaning the rest of the house… Not that Alex would care, but it needed to get done. After all, Alex needs clean spaces to dump all his stuff!

Alex has a way of making each room know he’s home. The laundry room held his clothes. The kitchen  his jacket and computer. Then the den held his computer. Then Zoe’s room held him.

He is still mattress-less in his room, because that is with him in Vail, until he brings it back. Of course the bathroom did double duty and held his clothes, clean and dirty. Things sure have a way of filling up when he is around.

Finally he has a date for heading to China. All I can say is “Get ready China, because here he comes!” July 8th will find me shedding tears.


Peruvian Green Sauce

So, after hopefully taking the beginning sommelier course in May (which he is wait listed for), he will finally be taking his show on the road; whatever that show may be.

He plans to study more and hopefully find some  work in the wine business in Shanghai. I know he’ll be working hard to get ready to go, after spending time in Moab, with a week of rafting and skiing. Right, honey?

So with Alex around we had an exciting Friday night. We started at The Source- a somewhat new happening spot in Denver. We went early, which was a good thing, and managed to partake of the weekly drink at The Proper Pour– a perfectly curated boutique wine/liquor shop that is there. They were mixing Negronis, and not having had one before, I didn’t want to miss out.

Peruvian Green Sauce

Manservant had a Negroni made with tequila and it was quite drinkable, I must say. (Manservant loved their tequila selection.) I had the classic and enjoyed that, too. If you are in Denver, it is a great store. We bought some tequila and the makings for our own. Negronis.

From there we walked next door to the Belgian brewery that specialized in sour beers. I thought Alex might lose it when I asked why they were called sour beers. Well, I just wanted the scoop. And no, they weren’t all that sour.

So it wasn’t a dumb question, and someone once told me there are no dumb questions. We had a good sampling and then it was over to La Comida for tacos and Margaritas. Yes’m, they are good. And they also have gorditas and quesadillas. And brunch… but we didn’t stay THAT long.

It is kind of embarrassing to say, but we still needed dessert. Voodoo doughnuts arrived from Portland awhile ago, and I have always wanted to see what the fuss was about. After circling like hawks to find a parking spot, Manservant dropped us off.


Voodoo Donuts

It was only 7:30 and there was already a line. I gave strict instructions to Manservant to find a legal parking spot, because on this part of Colfax, the tow trucks are like vultures. Welcome to Denver. Yes it is kind of sickening and over the top, but towers prey on cars and you.

Well, there was definitely voodoo in the air because after we snagged the doughnuts and Manservant was leading us back to the car, he spots a tow truck. And yes, the tow truck was towing the truck that was hiding our car.

Two helpless sobbing girls didn’t stop the vultures from preying. I felt Manservant’s heart skip a beat as he got into our car and drove us away. OK, he says, there weren’t any signs at that exact space. Ah, but there were “no parking signs” in the lot, I said. Not the best listener, my Manservant.

The doughnuts? Yes, they were divine. With plenty of flavors to try, we left some to sample for the next time we go back! The guy at the checkout counter explained all the varieties to us, before he tells us about the Arnold Palmer. Some kind of lemon and tea thing.

Sure enough, that is what Manservant wants and then he assures us that this is what all the dads order. He threw in an extra mango filled doughnut that was great, but I preferred the cruller with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas. Next time more chocolate!

And I love anything in this cute pink box!

But now on to Peruvian green sauce!


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Peruvian Green Sauce

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Peruvian


Peruvian Green Sauce is a jalapeno, cilantro, garlic lover’s delight! I really must say that this is WAY BETTER than ketchup! I eat it on everything!



3 whole jalapeño chiles, (If you want a spicier sauce leave the seeds in!)

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

2 medium cloves garlic

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons fresh juice from 1 lime

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Combine all ingredients in a food processor, except for the olive oil.

Blend, while pulsing and scraping down sides of bowl, until fully processed.

With machine going, drizzle in olive oil to form an emulsion similar to mayonnaise. This will thicken upon being refrigerated, but is still not as thick as mayonnaise.

This should become a staple in your kitchen. It is THAT good!


Thanks Serious Eats!


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Tuesday 19th of September 2023

I just made it, it came out delicious, I put it on top of taco carnitas. Thanks for the recipe!


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

I have some in the fridge right now. So glad you like it. We use it on anything we can!

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I don't think it matters what it is called, it not only sounds delicious, its color is gorgeous.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Thursday 14th of January 2021

I love the flavors and color of this green sauce! It has a great balance of flavors and would be so good on vegetables, chicken, fish, salads, and more!


Thursday 14th of January 2021

Peruvian cuisine is one of the best ! Everything so amazing ...... I guess that's why Peruvians have smile on their faces all the time :-) Thank you Abbe !


Wednesday 13th of January 2021

This looks great, love the color of it. I'm not a fan of cilantro at all, maybe substitute parsley? One of our sons was in Portland right before the pandemic and brought back Voodoo's. OMG! Good thing I don't live there! No doughnuts like that here in this neck of the woods. Sounds like you have a busy house! Take care