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7 November 2018

A versatile Peruvian sauce recipe, this aji amarillo sauce is made with fresh aji peppers and brings a nice level of spice to fried or roasted vegetables and any grilled meats.  It’s a wonderful table sauce.

Earlier today I posted a recipe for Aji Amarillo Chili Paste, which is an essential ingredient in Peruvian cooking. As mentioned there, I grew Aji Amarillo peppers in my garden this year and the harvest was quite bountiful.

Aji Amarillo peppers have a good level of heat – in the 30,000 – 50,000 Scoville Heat Units range. That’s about 6-10 times hotter than your average jalapeno pepper. Not bad! Learn more about the Scoville Scale here.

A collection of Aji Amarillo Chili Peppers

The Ají Amarillo is grown in all areas of Peru. Used by the Incas, it is still the most common and popular pepper in that country.

Learn more about Aji Amarillo Chili Peppers.

If you’re a fan of Peruvian cuisine, you most likely need to purchase Aji Amarillo peppers in dried or paste form, which is totally great, but since I grew them, I got to make my own Aji Amarillo Paste from scratch, which is so much better. Fresher for sure.

It allowed me to make this popular Peruvian condiment – Aji Amarillo Sauce.

Aji Amarillo Sauce - Recipe

The Aji Amarillo paste is mixed with other ingredients, including mayo, crema, tomato paste and more to make a simple table or dipping sauce.

Let’s talk about how to make our Aji Amarillo Sauce, shall we?

How to Make Aji Amarillo Sauce – the Recipe Method

Make the chili paste first by adding the following ingredients to a food processor – 2 chopped aji amarillo peppers, a tablespoon chopped onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, pinch of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.

Process the mixture until a thick paste forms.

You can thin it out a bit with water or a bit more oil if you need to, but it is best nice and thick as you’ll be using it as a flavoring component. See my recipe for Aji Amarillo Chili Paste here with more discussion.

Aji Amarillo Paste - Recipe

To make the sauce, add the following to a mixing bowl – ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup crema (or use sour cream), 1 tablespoon tomato paste (ketchup is a good substitute), 1 small minced shallot, a tablespoon of lime juice, and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Like so.

Mixing our ingredients together to make Aji Amarillo Sauce

Mix it up with a whisk or a fork.

Ingredients all mixed together to make Aji Amarillo Sauce

Boom! Done!

Super easy, isn’t it?

Variations and Pepper Substitutions

I used FRESH aji peppers, here, though you can pan cook them or roast them first for a different flavor.

You can also try other peppers, such as other aji peppers, or consider the yellow bell pepper for a no heat version. If you do want some heat, use a mix of peppers, such as a yellow bell along with part of or a whole habanero or Scotch Bonnet.

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Serving Suggestions for Aji Amarillo Sauce

Consider creamy Aji Amarillo Sauce as a dipper for French Fries. It’s crazy delicious as a dipper.

Dip any roasted or fried veggies into it for a flavor blast. Spoon it over grilled meats, particularly chicken, like Peruvian Chicken.

I also love to serve it as a salad dressing or use it as the creamy element in a homemade spicy coleslaw recipe.

Aji Amarillo Sauce - in a bowl, waiting for you

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

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Aji Amarillo Sauce – Recipe

A versatile Peruvian sauce recipe, this aji amarillo sauce is made with fresh aji peppers and brings a nice level of spice to fried or roasted vegetables and any grilled meats.  It’s a wonderful table sauce.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American, Argentinian
Keyword: aji pepper, sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 130kcal



  • 2 aji amarillo peppers chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crema or use sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (ketchup is a good substitute)
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • For the paste, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until nice a thick paste forms.
  • For the sauce, mix in the remaining ingredients. You can either mix by hand or use the processor for a thinner consistency.
  • Adjust for salt and pepper and serve!


Makes about 1 cup.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 38mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg