Aji Amarillo Sauce

Brighten your table.

As far as chili-based sauces go, few are as brightly beautiful as aji amarillo sauce. It looks like captured sunshine, and its tropical flavor and medium-high heat tastes terrific on everything from chicken to french fries. Aji amarillo is a staple of Peruvian cooking, so this sauce works very well with South American cuisine and other Peruvian recipes. If you happen to have fresh aji amarillo available, use it instead of the paste.

Aji Amarillo Sauce

Aji Amarillo Sauce

4.12 from 51 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons aji amarillo paste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 scallions only white root end, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse blend until smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately, or for best flavor, refrigerate for four to six hours prior to serving to allow the flavors to meld.


You can substitute aji amarillo paste for fresh aji amarillo. Use one aji amarillo chili. Remove the seeds and chop. Sweat the chili in an oiled pan over medium heat until the chili is softened. Then pulse blend with the other ingredients.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 4, 2020 to include new content.
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