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Aji Verde

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This Aji Verde is the most addicting spicy green sauce! It is SO good on tacos, bowls, salads, grilled meats and veggies, and my personal favorite - scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Aji verde is the most addictingly delicious spicy green sauce made with cilantro, peppers, queso fresco, mayo, garlic, and lime! It's SO good on tacos, bowls, salads, grilled meats and veggies, and my personal favorite at the moment - scrambled eggs and hash browns.

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Elote fried egg bowls with aji verde

Lindsay's Notes

This little green sauce is NUMMY central! She's spicy, she's versatile, and she is wanting to be put on every food you eat.

Aji Verde is a Peruvian spicy green sauce that's used as a table sauce - think drizzles, swoops, and dips on top of all your favorite things.

  • This takes these black bean tacos to the next level.
  • It is so fun as a swizzle on top of this plantain stew.
  • It's so delightful as a condiment for scrambled eggs and hashbrowns - one of my favorite weekend breakfasts!
  • And I'm not above using it as a chip dip. Just ADDICTING.

I love a good green sauce (see also: basil sauce, magic green sauce, avocado mojo sauce). What makes this one unique is the creaminess that comes from the mayo and queso fresco (yum) and also the spice level. It is definitely a more pepper-forward sauce and packs a bit of heat, which you can scale up or down with the number of peppers you use.

I made this using the ingredients that are readily available to me - instead of serranos, I often use jalapeños because they are easier for me to find. And I omit the more traditional additions of huacatay and aji amarillo pastes so I don't have to make multiple trips around town or place any online orders for single-use ingredients.

I just go with what I have (what you'll see written here), and it's irresistibly delicious. Prepare to have your whole life covered in this spicy Peruvian green sauce!

How To Make Aji Verde

Step 1: Put Everything in a Food Processor or Blender

Lots of good stuff here: cilantro, jalapeño, queso fresco, mayo, garlic, and lime juice.

Ingredients for aji verde added to a food processor.

Step 2: Blend It Up

You can choose how chunky (or not chunky) to make this! I prefer a smoother sauce for this one.

Aji verde sauce gets blended in a food processor

Step 3: Done! Enjoy!

This is great on tacos, bowls, salads, and just for dipping into with chips and veggies and crackers and literally EVERYTHING. It's irresistible.

Gold spoon dips into bowl of aji verde

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Aji Verde

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 8 servings 1x


This Aji Verde is the most addicting spicy green sauce! It is SO good on tacos, bowls, salads, grilled meats and veggies, and my personal favorite - scrambled eggs and hash browns.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 3 ounces (a little chunk) queso fresco
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (for a mild sauce, remove the ribs and seeds - you can also use a serrano pepper)
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lime
  • a pinch of salt, to taste


  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth-ish. I like to go until it smoothly drips off a spoon - no more chunks but just a little bit of texture to it.
  2. You're done! Serve with grilled meats and veggies, tacos, salads, bowls, or just dip into it with some chips. It's incredible.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Peruvian

Keywords: aji verde, peruvian sauce, aji verde sauce

Frequently Asked Questions For Aji Verde

What ingredients are in aji verde?

Typically ingredients will include spicy peppers, cilantro, garlic, lime, and mayo and/or cheese to give it a creamy texture. Traditional aji verde might also include pepper-based pastes like huacatay or aji amarillo, but those can be more challenging to find depending on where you live. This version is made without them since they are not ingredients that are readily accessible to me. And even without them, this aji verde so delicious.

What country does aji verde come from?

Aji verde is a spicy Peruvian green sauce and has been made since the Incan Empire!

What is the best way to serve aji verde?

I love it as a topping for tacos, bowls, grilled meats and vegetables. It's also exceptionally good with eggs and I *love* it in a breakfast bowl. Hashbrowns, fried eggs, and aji verde might be my perfect breakfast. And, it might not be traditional, but it's so good that I will often find myself just dipping into it with chips or raw veggies.

How long does the aji verde last as leftovers?

It keeps pretty well! I usually keep it in a sealed jar in the fridge for 5-7 days.

How do you make this gluten-free and/or dairy-free?

It is naturally gluten-free! To make it dairy-free, omit the cheese. (Still delicious, although you may find you want to add a bit of salt to make up for the lost salt with removing the cheese.)

Can you make the aji verde without a blender or food processor?

Yes! I could be wrong but I'm guessing the Incans were not out there making aji verde with their Vitamixes. To make without a blender, mince everything very finely, or grate it, and stir it up a in a small bowl. You could also use a mortar and pestle to grind up the herbs, garlic, etc. before mixing in with the rest of the ingredients. If you have a blender, though, I'd recommend this method because I love the smooth and creamy barely-flecked texture of it.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am not a fan of cilantro – what would you suggest as a substitute? Basil? ????? Thanks

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      I also can’t do cilantro (or arugula, I am convinced it’s related). I am going to attempt this with parsley, and maybe a bit of lemongrass paste if it’s not bright enough- I will come back and say how it went!

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    Aji Verde looks so much more delicious ad healthier. I love the fact that you added Avocado to this, as it’ll literally bring out the complete taste.

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    Thank you for sharing this delicious Aji Verde recipe! It sounds incredibly flavorful and versatile – perfect for adding a spicy kick to various dishes. I can’t wait to try it on tacos and grilled meats.

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