October 01, 2022 6 min read
There are two types of people in this world, vegetarians and die hard fans of meat. For the second kind, we should tell you Peruvian food has hundreds of recipes to satisfy your juicy, meaty cravings.
Peruvian meat dishes are the most looked up online and the most followed recipes. If you’re a fan of Peruvian cuisine and would like to feed your need for meat, keep reading and find out the best recipes for meat lovers.
It is said that man being able to cook meat was the beginning of evolution, so it’s easy to think meat runs with every culture in the world.
In the case of Peruvian cuisine, meat (and particularly llama meat) plays an essential part of its gastronomy.
All the dishes are completely balanced between meat and vegetables and meat is the main provider of protein. That’s why you can find lots ofPeruvian meat dishes to prepare.
Lomo saltado is probably one of the most popularPeruvian meat dishes, it’s internationally known as a national recipe and it satisfies every meat lovers’ cravings.
This meal perfectly embodies the fantastic cultural mix of Asian and Peruvian Creole cuisine, by including ingredients such as Sillao Kikko (soy sauce), beef loin,ají amarillo, onion, scallions and peppers and preparing them on a big pan that resembles a wok.
Lomo Saltado is the perfect filling this that also contains nutritional value thanks to its balanced ingredients. You can read the full recipe to prepare Lomo Saltado clickinghere.
This is one of the Peruvian meat dishes that doubles as the perfect street food or for snacking. Anticuchos are so important in Peru that they even have its own national day.
Basically, Peruvian Anticuchos are brochettes prepared with some variations of beef combined with Peruvian peppers and some of its most representative spices likeají panca, cumin and oregano.
Although they were originally prepared with lama meat (which is a little rough and can taste dry), later the recipe was changed to include heart beef or regular beef in squared cuts.
Not all ofPeruvian meat dishes are dry and in big chunks, there are also a lot of delicious and steamy stews to feed not only your belly but also your soul on a cold or ill day.
Carapulcra is a very thick and seasoned (yet delicious)Peruvian meat dish, or actually a stew made with charqui. Charqui is known also as jerky, because it’s a dried llama meat with a strong taste.
As with other Peruvian meals, llama beef is usually replaced with regular beef mainly because the first one is harder to get and because the taste might not be liked by everyone.
The other main ingredient of Carapulcra is the papa seca, or freeze-dried potatoes, which also have an exotic taste that combined with peppers, peanuts and red wine end up being a great combination of European and African flavors with a Latin twist.
Peruvian Seco is one of the main elements of what is called Creolle cuisine of Peru (the coastal region of the country), and it’s also the perfectPeruvian meat dish for a cold, cold day.
This recipe has Arab and Spanish influence from colonial times. Peruvian Seco stew consists mainly of beef chunks, spinach, ají amarillo paste, carrots, peas, peppers and of course potatoes to give it a consistent texture.
This filling meal is perfect when served with a side of white, fluffy rice. You can prepare it and place it in the oven for a couple of hours, when it’s done you’ll have the most delicious and comforting meal for a cold winter day.
As you can see, beef, pork, tripe, llamas and other animals are the main stars of many Peruvian meat dishes that will fill you up and make you strong and healthy.
Don’t think twice and follow the amazing recipes you read. They are great for many occasions from a cozy day in to a big fancy dinner with many guests you want to impress.
Pollo, a La Brasa, is a trendy Peruvian dish made of crunchy and succulent charcoal-grilled chicken, usually eaten along with French fries and salads. It is now one of Peru's most popular food items and is so popular that 27 million Peruvians take it in every day.
The dish first came into existence in Lima around 1950, the 1950s, when it was only seasoned with salt. However, the chicken is usually marinated in a specific mix of ingredients: vinegar, salt pepper, chili, rosemary, and dark beers.
The history of the food is well-documented as it's a highly recent invention that dates to the late 1940s. And we even have an initial and the last name of Roger Schuler. After emigrating to Peru from Switzerland and settling in the city of Santa Clara, in the countryside, close to the capital city Lima.
Lima and began to breed chickens. To earn some extra cash from the farm, the farmer decided to roast some of the birds and then offer them to the public as a buffet at a cost that was very affordable. The idea quickly took off, and he set up an eatery on his farm, La Granja Azul, that is still in operation in the exact location today.
It's important to note that Mr. Schuler's initial chef cooked the chicken on the grill on the spit and turned it manually (for nearly 1 hour!). It was labor-intensive and wasn't as viable as the restaurant expanded. A friend designed and built an initial Pollo-a-la Brasa chicken oven that rotisserie.
Slowly other restaurateurs and owners caught the concept. By the late 1990s, there was a real boom in the opening of various establishments and restaurant chains based on the same idea (the earlier discussed polleras).
Pollo a la Brasa has been firmly established as a cornerstone for Peruvian cuisine and culture. Fast forward to 2019, and it is currently the most sought-after dish in all restaurants in the United States. In polls on the streets, around 70% of respondents claim that they enjoy it when they go to eat at restaurants.
Many restaurants devote nearly exclusively to this one food item. The skilled chef responsible for roasting and basting the chicken is a specialization called maestro Pollero, meaning loosely "master of the chicken roaster."
A popular dish eaten during cold, rainy days by many Peruvians, Aji de gallina is a hot dish made of shredded chicken in a rich sauce. It is usually served with rice, black olives, and boiling potatoes.
The sauce is prepared with the aji Amarillo chilis and onions, garlic and walnuts, cheese, and crustless bread. It is usually spiced with spices like pepper, cumin, oregano turmeric, parsley, and cumin.
The theory is that the dish aji de gallina was derived from a dish known as manjar Blanco. The container comprises almonds, chicken, sugar, and rice. When it arrived in Peru, it was adapted by the Peruvian people to it by using local ingredients such as the aji chili, and the dish was re-created through the process.
Juane is a typical food that originates in the Peruvian jungles. It's made up of chicken, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and rice seasoned with spices, including turmeric, oregano, and cumin. The mix of the ingredients is then covered in semi-translucent bijao leaves (shaped like banana leaves) and then cooked.
It is a commonplace to pair the meal with cassava or boiling bananas. Juanes can be found at traditional restaurants, markets, or street vendors. The name Juanes is a reference to the street vendor. Juane It is referred to as St. John the Baptist since the dish is typically consumed on the 24th day of June, the celebration in honor of San Juan (patron saint of the Amazon).
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