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Peruvian Green (Aji) Sauce

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Peruvian Green (Aji) Sauce
8 cups Easy
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Ingredients (6)

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup white bread cubes without crusts
  • salt to taste (usually around 2 tsp)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cilantro

This is the recipe for the Peruvian green “aji” sauce served at the El Pollo Inka restaurants in Southern California.


  1. 1Remove 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.
  2. 2Slam 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!
  3. 3Place 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.
  4. 4Put in a squeeze bottle and serve with your favorite dishes, like Saltado de Pollo, or simply dip your bread in it.
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