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Spicy Cheese Sauce - Salsa a la Huancaína

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Rice and chicken with Salsa a la Huancaína
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Huancaína (wan-kay-eena) sauce is typically served over cold sliced potatoes in the famous Peruvian dish Papas a la Huancaína. Made with aji amarillo peppers, it is a versatile sauce that goes with many flavors. Serve it as a dipping sauce for bite-size boiled potatoes or raw vegetables. You can adjust the spiciness by using fewer or more yellow chile peppers.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 yellow aji amarillo chile peppers (frozen is fine), or 1/2 cup jarred aji amarillo paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 2 cups white farmer's cheese (queso freso)
  • 4 saltine crackers
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove seeds from yellow chile peppers and chop into 1 inch pieces.

  2. Sauté onion, garlic, and chile peppers (or paste) in the oil until onion is softened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Place onion/chile mixture in a food processor or blender. Add evaporated milk and blend.

  4. Add cheese and crackers and blend until smooth. Sauce should be fairly thick. Thicken sauce with more saltines or thin sauce with milk if necessary.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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 4 out of 5
Preferences, Member PeruLLama

Actually, many people do you onions and or garlic in their recipes. This recipe is actually pretty basic. If queso fresco isnt found many people use feta (it will come out a little salty) If you want it to come out a little sweet (which my little sister loves) you can also use animal crackers instead of saltines. If you do not want it spicy, do not add the aji. Instead add some 'Palillo"" or tumeric (JUST A BIT) when you sautee the onions in oil for color and a little bit of taste. Hope this is Helpful. Quizcamancha Peru! Amy

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