After eating at many a Peruvian restaurant, I became hooked on the green dipping sauce. Here now is SoCalTed's Peruvian Aji Sauce!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Remove the stems from your jalapenos. Using tongs, hold the peppers over a stove burner and rotate until roasted, about 1 minute. Delicious, but not necessary.

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  • Slam your head of lettuce down on the counter stem side down. Pull on the stem to remove the heart and discard. Rip the head of lettuce apart - don't be gentle!

  • Place lettuce and one or two of the roasted jalapenos into a blender or large food processor. Blend on low speed until jalapenos are pleasantly ground up. Add the mayonnaise, and pulse until blended in. Gradually blend in bread cubes until you get a nice thick but still pourable consistency. If it gets too thick add more mayonnaise. Taste, and blend in more peppers if desired.

  • Put in a squeeze bottle and serve with your favorite dishes, like Saltado de Pollo, or simply dip your bread in it.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 5.6g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 5.2mg; sodium 123.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
Wow! A hot sauce that is tasty and that I can control the heat! I tried the original recipe.. nice. The 2nd time I added 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 bunch cilantro.. great!. The 3rd time with salt & cilantro I streamed 1/4 cup olive oil into the blender INSTEAD of the mayo... Delish!!! --no mayo aftertaste healthier and tastier-- it seems to bring out the flavor of the lettuce and cilantro. Update: This is my 5th try (you can tell I love this recipe) and I added 1/2 onion... OMG how flavorful! That's it. I can not improve this further for my taste. A real winner!!! Update 2: How I control the heat: Mildly spicy - remove the seeds and veins from the jalapenos. Spicy hot - remove the seeds only and leave the veins in. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2009
My boyfriend is peruvian and i have been in search for years for the magical table aji. Its not as easy as it seems. But with this if your looking for the extra something.. My man always tells me you have to add a little red onion and GARLIC... Hope it helps Read More
(12)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
Wow! A hot sauce that is tasty and that I can control the heat! I tried the original recipe.. nice. The 2nd time I added 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 bunch cilantro.. great!. The 3rd time with salt & cilantro I streamed 1/4 cup olive oil into the blender INSTEAD of the mayo... Delish!!! --no mayo aftertaste healthier and tastier-- it seems to bring out the flavor of the lettuce and cilantro. Update: This is my 5th try (you can tell I love this recipe) and I added 1/2 onion... OMG how flavorful! That's it. I can not improve this further for my taste. A real winner!!! Update 2: How I control the heat: Mildly spicy - remove the seeds and veins from the jalapenos. Spicy hot - remove the seeds only and leave the veins in. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2010
I am Peruvian and I would really recommend if you can find a Latin store on your area (more than sure you're gonna find it), look for: AJI AMARILLO. That's our pepper and is amazing (just be sure to wash your hands really good before you think in touching your eyes) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2007
I also added salt pepper and cilantro and it is great.. Has a very addictive flavor because of the Iceberg. I used a food processor the first time will use a blender the next. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2009
My boyfriend is peruvian and i have been in search for years for the magical table aji. Its not as easy as it seems. But with this if your looking for the extra something.. My man always tells me you have to add a little red onion and GARLIC... Hope it helps Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2007
the sauce came out a little too bland so i tried adding about a table spoon of salt as well as some cilantro. this made the sauce a little more flavorful and everyone just enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
When I traveled to Cusco and Machu pichu I tasted this delicious dipping sauce but I never could recreate it. This recipe is fabulous tasting and I intend to serve it with Saltado de Pollo on Valentines day! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2007
This recipe came out really great when I added a pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of my home made recaito. Thanks! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
I made the green salsa but I did not put any bread I added more fire! It was a succes! A friend of mine tried it out (She is from Peru ) It did not believe it that I made it.beware it is so addictive!!! thank you!!!for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
This hot sauce is amazing. I added a little garlic and next time will add some onion. Outstanding flavor. I didn't think it needed as much mayo but it's great b/c you can play around with the consistency you want -- great flavor!! Read More
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