Spicy Peruvian Aji Amarillo Pepper Sauce Recipe

The vibrant and robust flavor of the aji amarillo pepper is an essential ingredient in Peruvian cuisine. This spicy and bold yellow pepper adds depth and complexity to any dish it touches, and today I’m excited to share with you my beloved recipe for Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce.

This vegan sauce recipe features the unique spicy, fruity, and slightly smoky profile of the aji amarillo pepper, blended with ketchup, lime juice, and spices. The result is a smooth and creamy sauce that will elevate any meal to new heights.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of Peruvian cuisine or simply looking for a versatile hot sauce recipe to add to your arsenal of culinary skills, this vegan Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce is a must-try. So let’s roll up our sleeves, get our aprons on, and dive right into the recipe how-to.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Aji Aamarillo Chile Pepper Sauce ( Vegan )
Aji Aamarillo Chile Pepper Sauce ( Vegan )

This Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce recipe is the perfect addition to any dish, for those who love a bit of spice and flavor! As a vegan chef, I have crafted this recipe to not only be deliciously mouth-watering, but also completely cruelty-free and healthy.

Whether you’re a fan of spice or not, this sauce recipe has the potential to take any meal to the next level. The use of fresh green onions, lime juice, and the unique Aji Amarillo pepper create a taste that is both tangy and spicy. The hint of ketchup brings out its sweet and savory flavors, while the combination of vegan sour cream and vegan mayonnaise give it a creamy texture.

Not only is the recipe quick and easy to make – taking just 10 minutes – but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can use it as a dipping sauce for snacks or vegetables, or you can add it to your favorite dishes like tacos, burritos, grilled vegetables or roasted potatoes.

The magic ingredient in this recipe is the native Peruvian Aji Amarillo pepper. This bright yellow pepper has become increasingly popular due to its unique taste profile which complements many different cuisines. When combined with the familiar flavors found in ketchup, green onions, and lime juice – it creates an irresistible mix that will keep you coming back for more.

So why don’t you give this sauce recipe a try? It’s vegan, super tasty, and only takes 10 minutes to make! With its unique blend of flavors, it’s sure to impress your family and friends.

Ingredient List

 A splash of color, a dash of flavor: introducing Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce.
A splash of color, a dash of flavor: introducing Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce.


  • 2 cups of Aji Amarillo pepper paste
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • ½ cup of vegan sour cream
  • ½ cup of vegan mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The main ingredient for this recipe is the Aji Amarillo pepper paste. This bright yellow pepper is native to Peru and it is known for its fruity and mildly spicy flavor. It can be found in specialty stores or ordered online. The other ingredients are commonly found in most grocery stores or supermarkets.

Adding lime juice and green onions will enhance the freshness of the sauce. Ketchup will add sweetness and tanginess to it. The combination of vegan sour cream and vegan mayonnaise will create a rich, creamy texture. Salt and pepper will bring all flavors together, so make sure to season according to your taste preference.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect condiment for spice-lovers looking to add some heat to any dish!
The perfect condiment for spice-lovers looking to add some heat to any dish!

Now that we have all the necessary ingredients, let’s start making this delicious Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper Sauce. This recipe serves 4, and it only takes about 10-minutes to make!

Step 1: Prep the Vegetables

  • Finely chop 2 green onions, which will give your sauce a nice depth of flavor.

  • Remove the seeds and membranes from 1 bell pepper, and finely chop it into small chunks. If you want to add more spice to the sauce, you can leave some seeds in.

Step 2: Make the Sauce Base

  • In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped bell pepper, 2 cups of vegan sour cream or vegan mayo or a mixture of both, 2 tablespoons of ketchup, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and process until smooth.

Step 3: Add the Seasonings

  • Add 1 tablespoon of Aji Amarillo paste and blend again until everything is fully incorporated.

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and if you like your sauces spicy, feel free to add more Aji Amarillo paste or some cayenne pepper to taste.

Step 4: Adjust the Consistency

  • Gradually add a small amount of hot water if your sauce appears thick. If you’re not sure how much water to add, start with just a few tablespoons and gradually increase from there. The final consistency should be similar to that of queso fresco or other cheese sauces.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

  • Transfer your Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper Sauce into a serving bowl or a jar with a lid. You can serve it as a dipping sauce or use it as a topping on tacos, burritos or whatever else you like!

There you have it—the perfect vegan Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper Sauce that’s bold in flavor and versatile in use. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't let the vibrant yellow color fool you - this sauce packs a punch.
Don’t let the vibrant yellow color fool you – this sauce packs a punch.

When it comes to making sauces, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re allergic to any of the ingredients or simply want to switch things up a bit, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that will still deliver the bold flavor of Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce.

Firstly, if you can’t find Aji Amarillo peppers or paste in your local supermarket, you can use bell peppers or other chili pepper varieties as a substitute. You won’t get the exact same taste, but it’s a good alternative that works just as well if you don’t have access to Aji Amarillo peppers.

If you’re looking for a milder version of this sauce, try using less Aji Amarillo peppers or paste and adjust accordingly with bell peppers. You could also use turmeric powder or paste to give it a nice yellow color and mild spicy flavor.

Vegans can replace sour cream and mayonnaise with vegan options such as almond milk yogurt, silken tofu or cashew cream. These alternatives will not alter the taste of the sauce but will keep it creamy and flavorful.

If you prefer a thicker sauce for dipping or spreading purposes, consider adding a little queso fresco cheese to thicken the texture consistency similar to huancaina sauce. However, this option is not vegan-friendly.

Finally, those who like their sauces complex should try adding Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde) by blending green onions, garlic parsley, cilantro and jalapeños together with the Aji Amarillo sauce mixture. This burst of flavors will make your taste buds enjoy every bite.

In summary, you can experiment with different types of peppers or use vegan alternatives such as almond milk yogurt or cashew cream. If you want a thicker texture add queso fresco. As well, those who couldn’t resist trying something new could add Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde) for more complexity. The flexibility of this recipe lets creative minds adjust flavors according to preferences without losing authenticity.

Serving and Pairing

 A vegan-friendly recipe that is easy to make, and perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.
A vegan-friendly recipe that is easy to make, and perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

When serving this Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce, it’s important to remember that it packs quite a punch. It goes well with a variety of dishes but should be used sparingly if you’re not accustomed to spicy food.

Try pairing this sauce with grilled vegetables like zucchini or eggplant, roasted potatoes, or even as a topping for tacos or nachos. It also makes for an excellent dipping sauce for chips or fries.

For those who don’t mind the heat, this sauce is delicious on sandwiches or burgers in place of traditional condiments like ketchup or mustard. I particularly enjoy it on my vegan black bean burgers with a slice of avocado and some green onions.

To balance out the spiciness of the sauce, consider serving it alongside creamy elements like vegan sour cream, vegan mayonnaise, or queso fresco. Squeezing a fresh lime over the top can also add some acidity and freshness to the dish.

Overall, Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce is a versatile condiment that can elevate any dish with its bold flavor and heat. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try pairing it with your favorite meals!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Elevate your tastebuds to the next level with this zesty and tangy sauce
Elevate your tastebuds to the next level with this zesty and tangy sauce

As an excited chef, you may want to make batches of the Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce in advance for convenience. Trust me; I get it; I too love my sauces, and I know the joy that comes with having them readily available at all times. The good news is the amarillo sauce stores well in your refrigerator.

For make-ahead purposes, once cooled, you can store your sauce in an air-tight container or mason jar in your fridge. The amarillo sauce will stay fresh for up to one week. When reheating the sauce, gently heat it on low heat, while constantly stirring to avoid burning it. You can also microwave it for about one minute (or as desired) at medium heat.

If you find that the consistency has slightly altered after being refrigerated, you may want to add a little bit of hot water to bring it back to its original state.

Be warned, the amarillo sauce tends to turn a little brighter when stored after several hours due to oxidation. While this does not affect the taste or quality of the sauce, many folks tend to appreciate how vibrant the color is when freshly made. Therefore, It is always best served fresh, but why not save yourself time by making batches ahead of time and enjoying it with any meal that suits your mood!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A hint of sweetness and a kick of heat, you won't be able to resist drizzling this sauce over everything.
A hint of sweetness and a kick of heat, you won’t be able to resist drizzling this sauce over everything.

As a vegan chef, I can assure you that making a good sauce is all about the details. With these tips, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your aji amarillo sauce recipe.

Firstly, be cautious with the amount of salt you use when making the sauce. The aji amarillo pepper already has quite an intense flavor that can easily become overshadowed with too much added salt. Start by adding less than you think you need and taste as you go.

Another key tip for making this sauce is ensuring you blend it long enough. It’s important to keep blending until everything is smooth and fully incorporated. An under-blended sauce will lack in flavor and be chunky, which can ruin the consistency and texture of your dish.

To add some depth of flavor, consider adding in some turmeric paste. Adding turmeric will give your sauce a beautiful golden color but also provides added health benefits such as reducing inflammation and providing antioxidants.

When working with the aji amarillo pepper, be sure to wear gloves and avoid getting any juice on your skin or in your eyes. This pepper can pack quite a punch and can irritate your skin or cause eye irritation if not handled correctly.

Lastly, don’t skimp out on quality ingredients. Use fresh limes for their zesty flavor and high acidity content which will bring balance to the sauce’s heat. Opting for vegan sour cream or vegan mayonnaise made from natural ingredients rather than heavily processed alternatives can make all the difference in your final product.

By following these simple tips for perfect results, your vegan aji amarillo chile pepper sauce will take on a new level of deliciousness that will not only please vegans but everyone at the table!


As you embark on your culinary adventure with this aji amarillo chile pepper sauce recipe, it’s normal for questions to arise. Here are a few frequently asked questions that will help you troubleshoot any issues and clarify any doubts about the recipe so that you can experiment with confidence.

Is aji amarillo Vegan?

After analyzing the label, it appears that this product is suitable for a vegetarian diet since it does not contain any meat or fish components.

What can I use instead of aji amarillo sauce?

If Aji Amarillo paste or cilantro is not on hand when following a recipe, turmeric paste is a great substitute. While cilantro is similar, its taste is more pronounced, while turmeric paste has a flavor profile that is both subtle and versatile. You can easily find turmeric paste in most grocery stores, and it can be employed as a substitute in any recipe requiring Aji Amarillo.

What is aji sauce made of?

The Aji Verde sauce is a spicy and creamy green sauce that originates from Peru. Its main ingredients include fresh cilantro, aji amarillo, huacatay and cheese. This hot sauce is commonly served with roasted vegetables, chicken or bread and is a perfect addition to any dish for those who prefer a little heat.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper Sauce recipe is a must-try for all lovers of spice and flavor. This vegan sauce is versatile and easy to make, and can be used in many ways. Its bright yellow color will uplift any dish it is paired with, making it a great addition to your culinary arsenal.

Whether you want to create a quick dip or add an extra tang to your meal, the Aji Amarillo sauce got you covered. With its unique blend of traditional Peruvian ingredients, this hot sauce will transport your taste buds to the heart of South America.

So why not give this recipe a try? You never know – this simple but flavorful vegan sauce could very well become your new favorite condiment!

Aji Aamarillo Chile Pepper Sauce ( Vegan )

Aji Aamarillo Chile Pepper Sauce ( Vegan ) Recipe

This versatile, spicy yellow sauce is the perfect accompaniment to roasted tofu, seitan, vegetables, french fries, and fried yuca. * The star ingredient is the aji amarillo chile pepper, a staple in Peruvian cooking. Look for jarred aji amarillo (yellow) paste in a Latin food market. If you can't find the paste, you can use frozen aji amarillo peppers. Thaw and dice one pepper, and saute it in olive oil until it's soft. Add the cooked pepper to the rest of the sauce ingredients and process. Recipe from Vegan International.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Peruvian
Calories 20 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons aji yellow paste or 2 tablespoons one aji amarillo pepper, chopped and sauteed in oil
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 -2 lime, juiced, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  • Coarsely chop the white parts of the green onions.
  • Add the chopped onions with all the rest of the ingredients (except the salt and pepper) to the bowl of a food processor or blender.
  • Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste, and chill until ready to serve.
  • *Note: This sauce seems to taste even better after 24 hours in the refrigerator. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 29gCalories: 20kcalCarbohydrates: 2.6gProtein: 0.2gFat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 1.5mgSodium: 52.7mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1g
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