10 famous foods to try in Peru

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Peru is widely regarded as one of the best countries in the world for food lovers. So below I have gathered 10 of the most famous foods to try in Peru. Enjoy!…

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1. Ceviche

Famous Food in Peru - Ceviche

This dish is probably one of the most famous foods in Peru. When most people think of Peruvian food, they immediately think of ceviche. Made with raw fish marinated in lime juice, ceviche is a classic Peruvian dish.

2. Lomo Saltado 

Typical foods in Peru: Lomo saltado

By far my favorite of all the typical foods in Peru! It’s the go-to comfort dish of every Cusqueñan. Lomo Saltado is a hearty serving of beef, onion, and tomato stir-fried in soy sauce and served atop a bed of piping hot French fries along with rice.

3. Cuy al Horno

 Typical foods in Peru: Cuy al horno

Cuy al horno is a guinea pig that is stuffed with herbs, baked, and then served whole—head and all.

The first time I tried it was at the restaurant La Cusqueñita with my host Manuel. When the guy arrived at my table, snarling at me from my plate, I just stared at it, trying to figure out a civilized manner in which to eat this roasted rodent.

4. Rocoto Relleno

Typical foods in Peru: Rocoto relleno

Rocoto is a type of pepper that is similar to red bell pepper, but spicy. Relleno means “filled.” This dish is a rocoto pepper that is breaded, stuffed with meat and veggies, and then baked. It’s often served with French fries.

5. Ají de Gallina

Typical foods in Peru: Aji de gallina

Ají de gallina is a chicken dish made with potatoes drenched in a creamy, yellow, curry-like sauce that is slightly spicy. 

6. Palta a la Reina

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Avocado stuffed with chicken, potatoes, and cheese.

7. Trucha Frita

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A breaded and deep-fried trout.

8. Milanesa de Pollo

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A breaded and fried thin fillet of chicken.

9. Causa

Famous food in Peru: Causa

Served cold as an appetizer or a light meal, causa is made from yellow potatoes and often has avocado, fish or chicken, olives, egg, and celery. Because of its layers, it looks like a little potato cake.

10. Alfajor 

Typical foods in Peru: Alfajor in Cusco, Peru
Eating an alfajor from San Pedro Mercado while soaking in the view at my guesthouse in Cusco in 2014

The cookie of South America. Alfajores come in all sorts of varieties, but they basically consist of dulce de leche (caramel) sandwiched between two thin cookies, often covered with powdered sugar or coconut flakes.


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