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Two Peruvian Food Items You need in Your Home Kitchen

Two Peruvian Food Items You need in Your Home Kitchen
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You’re craving Peruvian food but don’t know where to start when it comes to stocking your pantry and making your recipes. First, we suggest you start with two chiles that are found in the majority of Peruvian food dishes: Aji Panca and Aji Amarillo. Whether you’re looking for a hot and spicy chile or a milder chile, we have you covered.  Here you’ll find a little background on Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca, where to buy them and their suggested use. 

About Peruvian Food 

Aji means chile pepper in Spanish and chile peppers are very common in Peruvian cooking. In this post we’ll talk about two of the most common Peruvian chile peppers: Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca. While they are both commonly present in Peruvian food they also differ quite a bit. Aji Amarillo is the bolder, hotter of the two chiles while Aji Panca serves up a smokier and less spicy taste. So if you’re looking for a lot of taste but not much spice then Aji Panca is your chile, but if spice is your friend then Aji Amarillo is the chile you need.


Aji Amarillo 

Ask anyone who knows anything about Peruvian food and they will tell you that Aji Amarillo paste is the most important ingredient in Peruvian cooking. Aji Amarillo, or yellow pepper paste, is a must-have for your home if you’re thinking about exploring Peruvian food. It is used in many traditional Peruvian food recipes and is part of the “Holy Trinity” of Peruvian cooking along with garlic and red onion. Aji Amarillo not only adds a beautiful golden color to your dishes but also serves up a fruity, spicy flavor you won’t find with any other pepper. Aji Amarillo is in dishes ranging from causa rellena to ceviche. 

At we stock a variety of Aji Amarillo. You’ll find it by Dona Isabel, Inca’s Food, and Peru Food — all are great options and come in a variety of sizes for you to store in your pantry. You can find Aji Amarillo paste here.

Aji Panca 

The next chile you need in your pantry for Peruvian cooking is the Aji Panca. Aji Panca is a beautiful red pepper that is grown along the coast of Peru. Like Aji Amarillo, Aji Panca is commonly found in Peruvian food dishes. It is a dark, deep red color that provides a smoky, fruity taste to dishes that is hard to find with any other chile. Aji Panca is milder than Aji Amarillo, but still packs a powerful flavor punch. Aji Panca is well known for being the essential ingredient in one of Peru’s most loved dishes: anticuchos. But you will also find Aji Panca in Peruvian food such as Pollo a la Brasa and in many stews and sauces.

 Kosmos Peru stocks a variety of Aji Panca. We carry the brands Dona Isabel, Inca’s Food, and Peru Food — these are all great brands and we offer a variety of sizes for you to store in your pantry. You can find Aji Panca paste here.

Aji Amarillo and Aji Panca are not the only Peruvian food products that we stock on We have a variety of items from chocolates and desserts to condiments, sauces, and grains! We’d love to help you stock up your pantry for your next Peruvian feast.

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