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Thought Leader Series: Peruvian Foods to Tempt Your Taste Buds

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Visiting Peru is not only on most people’s to-do lists because of Machu Picchu and the many other historical landmarks within the country, but also because of the amazing, traditional dishes offered within both small villages and larger cities. Now, people visit the country to get a taste of the delicious food with which the Peruvian people express themselves.

Peruvian food uses both modern-day practices and influences from the Inca people. Since Peru’s land is mostly at a high elevation, potatoes are abundant as well as corn and legumes.

Traveling the world is one of the best ways to get a unique, genuine feel of a dish. Below are must-try traditional Peruvian dishes that you can try in Peru, or in Peruvian restaurants around the world.


Growing up in the US, most people are familiar with guinea pigs and are used to them being pets. But in Peru, guinea pigs are a delicacy and a must-try if you take a trip to the country. The texture of the meat will be quite familiar if you’ve had rabbit before. The guinea pig is usually cooked in its entirety, meaning the head is included. The body is coated with a sauce, and it’s time to dig in.


Peruvian food


Lomo Saltado

An all-time favorite for Peruvian natives and tourists alike, this dish is a stir-fry filled with beef, different kinds of peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, all over a bed of white rice. Yum!

Aji de Gallina

This particular dish made with chicken, milk, decristed milk, and a spicy sauce that’s alarmingly yellow. You can also try a different version of the dish, which uses potatoes instead of chicken. It’s a great dish for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike!


Alpaca, like cuy, is considered a delicacy and is mostly eaten in the Andean highlands. Alpaca has been a source of meat for this area for centuries. The texture of the meat will remind most of a beef steak, and it’s usually sliced very thin. The meat isn’t nearly as juicy as beef or steak, since there is a lack of fat. But it still makes for a delicious meal.


Lucuma is a fruit that can be enjoyed in several different ways, such as ice cream, juice, and soda. Lucuma is incredibly sweet and resembles a mango.

Whether you are a meat-lover or vegetarian, Peru is perfect for you. Traditional Peruvian food is filled with an abundance of colors and flavors reflecting the modern and historical tastes of the country. Depending on the region you are in, the dishes you experience could have different flavors and ingredients than other regions.

What would you eat first in Peru?