Traditional Peruvian Foods Everyone Absolutely Must Try

Published on June 27, 2021
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There are many reasons to visit Peru, from visiting Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, but best of all is the incredible culinary delights awaiting you there. Peru is known to be one of the best food destinations in the world, which stems from Peru’s diverse climates, environments, and ecosystems, which lead to the cuisine’s rich diversity. Here are some of the most delicious traditional dishes you cannot miss on your trip.

Peruvian Food

Peruvian Food

Aji de Gallina

Aji de Gallina is Peruvian chicken stew made with yellow chili peppers, walnuts, garlic, turmeric, and spices. It is usually served with a hard boiled egg. It is said that it was introduced to Peru by African slaves and has now become a staple.

Aji De Gallina

Aji De Gallina

Anticuchos

While these look like your every day shish kebab skewers, what makes Anticuchos special is the fact that they’re made of cow heart or liver. While that might sound weird to the untrained tastebuds, once you try it, you won’t be able to deny just how delicious the tender meat is. You must give it a try, and we’re sure you will like it even if you usually stay clear of less-than traditional animal parts.

Anticuchos

Anticuchos

Arroz Con Pato

Hailing from Chiclayo, a city in northern Peru, Arron con Pato is a rice with duck dish whose popularity has caused it to become available all over Peru. The duck is cooked with rice, onions, and cilantro to create a deep and rich dish that you won’t be able to stop eating.

Arroz Con Pato

Arroz Con Pato

Charqui

Charqui is jerky that is made of either alpaca or llama meat — that’s right. This is certainly one of the most authentic Peruvian culinary delights to try. This protein-packed snack is perfect for a hike up Machu Picchu or to bring back home for your friends to marvel at.

Charqui

Charqui

Chicharrón

Chicharrón is a delicious snack that is made of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds. While it is certainly not the healthiest snack, it is definitely one of the most delicious ones you’ll try while in Peru. You’ll find Chicharrón sold at street carts. They’re sold on their own or inside sandwiches.

Chicharrón

Chicharrón

Picarones

Picarones are the perfect way to end any meal, who doesn’t like fried dough? Made of squash and sweet potato, these donuts aren’t saccharine like their American counterparts. They are fried until golden and crispy and are typically served with a sweet syrup. They are a common street food, so they are pretty easy to find.

Picarones

Picarones