Peru boasts one of the great world cuisines. For more than 500 years, influences from almost every continent have come together in this gorgeous neck of the Andean woods, creating the original fusion menu. Peruvian food recipes showcase a remarkable diversity of ingredients, including bountiful fresh fish and countless varieties of corn and chilies. And don’t even get us started on Peruvian potatoes!
The Eat Peru blog is on a mission to bring the wonders of Peruvian dishes to a broader audience of foodies. We sat down with Eat Peru’s Keith Lang for the dish on some of the best Peruvian recipes.
1. Tell our readers a little bit about your background and how you were first introduced to Peruvian cuisine.
I lived in Argentina for many years and travelled to Peru several times. In my time in South America, I worked with Peruvian chefs. I’ve also worked with Peruvian diplomatic offices. I was first introduced to the food of Peru in one of the many Peruvian restaurants in Buenos Aires.
2. What is it that you love most about Peruvian food?
The smell and taste of limes and the fusion with Asian influences. A perfect combination.
3. What do you think is the secret to great Peruvian cuisine?
Fresh ingredients. The food is quite simple really. But it requires the freshest of ingredients to let the flavours come out.
4. Tell our readers a bit about the recipe that you chose and why.
I chose Seco de Carne for many different reasons. It’s one of those super satisfying recipes with lots of deep flavours. This typical Peruvian beef stew is for making a lot of and then sharing with friends.
Seco de Carne
1 kg beef cut into cubes
2 tablespoons corn oil (You can use another vegetable oil.)
2 large cloves garlic
1 tablespoon aji amarillo paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 peppers finely chopped
1 cup purple onion finely chopped
½ cup tomato cut into squares
1 cup cilantro leaves
4 cups water
1 cup green peas
Salt to taste
Cooked white rice (optional)
Fried plantain (optional)
Please click on the link to obtain the full instructions for Keith’s Seco de Carne.
Peruvian Food Recipes
Where can you find more Peruvian food recipes like Keith’s take on this hearty, traditional meat stew? Whether you’re looking for a decadent dessert, like Peruvian Chocolate Nougat, or you’d like to learn more about delicious Chinese fusion cuisine, Eat Peru’s got you covered. Peruvian dishes have been conquering taste buds around the world for several years now, and it’s time to find out why!