Fernando Diez
Written by Fernando Diez Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Updated: May 06, 2024
Published: September 19, 2016

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Speak Spanish, kiss French, dress Italian, shop Arabia, party Caribbean and eat Peruvian foods!

If Peruvian foods not your number one reason to visit Peru, maybe it should be! Peru’s rich cultural heritage created an innovative jumble of flavors from Europe, Africa and Asia that, when blended with traditional Peruvian cuisine, form a unique, world-class epicurean experience.

When planning your trip to Peru, make sure these 6 dishes are on your Peruvian foods must-eat list!

1.) Ceviche

English name: Ceviche (also seviche)

Peru’s national dish can be found almost every restaurant and even if you’ve tried it, you simply can’t miss tasting an authentic ceviche in the country that started the craze! You’ll find lots of variations but the original is sea bass soaked in lime juice, onion, salt and aji (hot chili), served with a side of sweet potatoes and corn.

Peruvian seafood ceviche

2.) Causa Rellena

English name: Peruvian layered potato dish

Potato’s originated in Peru. It’s estimated that there’s over 4,000 varieties and this dish is a testament to that. Causa takes its name from the old Incan Quechua word kausaq, which means "giver of life," another name for the potato. Rellena is the Spanish word for "stuffed" or "filled." In its most basic form causa is served cold and consists of mashed potatoes, layered like a lasagne with avocado, hardboiled eggs and olives.

Causa - Peruvian Food

3.) Anticuchos de Corazon

English name: Beef Heart Skewers

Street food at its best, beef heart is marinated in cumin, aji and garlic, skewered and charcoal grilled to perfection. If you’ve never tried heart, it’s extremely lean and nutritious but you’ll also be able to find other varieties.

Anticuchos de Corazon

4.) Lomo Saltado

English name: Peruvian Sirloin Stir Fry

This Peruvian, Asian fusion of stir fried beef, onions, tomatoes and aji, topped with soy sauce and potato, served over rice is almost as popular as ceviche. Try it with alpaca meat to knock another Peruvian classic off you’re ‘to eat’ list!

Lomo Saltado

5.) Peruvian Cuy

English name: Fried or Roasted Guinea Pig

Adventurous foodies must try Cuy, (pronounced "kwee") which is…guinea pig. While it might seem unconventional to tuck into furry critters better known as domesticated pets in the West, this indigenous mammal has been a staple in Peru's Andean diet for around 5,000 years! When roasted over an open fire, this popular meat is smoky and tender, covered in crispy skin and is delicious dipped in aji sauce.

Peruvian Cuy

6.) Picarones (or Picaron singular)

English name: Sweet Potato - Squash Fritters

Picarones are a Peruvian dessert that originated in the colonial period. Picarones were created during the colonial period to replace buñuelos as buñuelos were too expensive to make. People started replacing traditional ingredients with squash and sweet potato. Accidentally, they created a new dessert that rapidly increased in popularity. This Peruvian doughnut is now made from sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin and is served topped with syrup. They’re light, airy and oh so good!

Picarones (Sweet potato)

Fernando Diez
By Fernando Diez
Marketing Director at Quasar Expeditions

Hi, I am Fernando and travel is my passion. This passion began with my first trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1986 and later became my work when I started working at Quasar Expeditions. Now the Marketing Director for Quasar and responsible for the creation of the Patagonia Project in Chile, my passion for travel continues to grow to new and exciting destinations in South America.


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