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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Lima is complete without tasting the traditional Lima food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Lima to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Cancha: toasted corn snack.
  • Causa Rellena: yellow potato, ají amarillo paste, chili peppers, chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  • Charqui: jerky made from dried and salted meat.
  • Empanada: stuffed with meat or vegetables bread or pastry.
  • Humitas: steamed corn husks filled with savory or sweet stuffing.
  • Papa Rellena: stuffed potato balls.


  • Chupe de Camarones: Peruvian shrimp chowder.
  • Locro: Ecuadorian-Peruvian potato-cheese soup.
  • Parihuela: seafood-based soup.
  • Sancochado: meat chunks, corn, rice and potatoes.
  • Shambar: meat,wheat grains, fava beans, green peas, chickpeas and dry beans.


  • Corn Salad with Queso Fresco: corn kernels, onions, red pepper, cilantro, queso fresco, vegetable oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Ensalada de Quinoa: quinoa, black beans, corn, chopped red onion, and red or green bell peppers.
  • Lima Bean Salad: Lima beans, onions, tomatoes, chilli-pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice.
  • Papa a la Huancaina: Peruvian boiled yellow potatoes with chile-cheese sauce.

Main courses

  • Ají de Gallina: chicken, onions, garlic, yellow Peruvian chilis, turmeric, pecans, and cheese.
  • Arroz con Pollo: rice, beer, stock, sofrito, chicken, and saffron.
  • Cau-Cau: beef tripe, onion, garlic cloves, cumin, yellow chili, turmeric, slat, potatoes, mint and lime juice.
  • Carapulcra: dried potatoes, chilis, cumin, onion, garlic, pork or chicken chop, vinegar, aji panca, aji mirasol, salt, and pepper.
  • Ceviche: fresh raw fish, marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced with chilli peppers.
  • Chaufa: fried meat, red pepper, shallots, ginger, omelette, rice and the soy sauce.
  • Chicharrón: fried pork rinds.
  • Lomo Saltado: sirloin/meat cut into thin strips, marinated in vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Pachamanca: baked lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig.
  • Pollo a la Brasa: chicken with french fries.
  • Rocoto Relleno: stuffed hot peppers.
  • Tacacho con cecina: baked or fried crushed bananas mixed with lard and served with dry meat and sausage.
  • Tacu-Tacu: bacon, onion, garlic, chile powder or yellow chilis/peppers, beans, and rice.
  • Tamal: masa, steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper, and filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, etc.
  • Tiradito: raw fish in a spicy sauce.


  • Alfajor: sandwich cookies with manjar blanco, coated in powdered sugar.
  • Arroz con Leche: rice pudding.
  • Arroz Zambito: molasses, rice, evaporated milk, water, raisins, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar.
  • Cocadas: coconut candy or cookie.
  • Crema Volteada: melted sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla, evaporated and condensed milk.
  • Dulce de Leche: a thick, caramel-like milk-based Latin American sauce.
  • Flan: caramel, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and aromatic vanilla
  • Guargueros: flour, egg yolks, lard, baking powder, Pisco, blancmange, icing sugar, oil.
  • Leche asada: milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Machacado de Membrillo: quinces, water, cinnamon stick, sugar, lemon juice.
  • Mazamorra Morada: Peruvian purple corn pudding.
  • Picarones: squash and sweet potato doughnut.
  • Ranfañote: bread, chancaca, coconut, butter, fresh cheese, stick cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, nuts, sweet wine and aniseeds.
  • Suspiros a la Limeña: thick cream made of milk, sugar, almond, flour and some Iberian ingredients.
  • Turrón: an anise and honey nougat.

Fast food

  • Salchipapas: sliced pan-fried beef hot dogs or sausage and French fries.

Street food

  • Anticuchos: grilled skewered meat, marinated in vinegar and spices.
  • Chifles: thin plantain chips.
  • Patacones: thick fried green plantains.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Chicha: manioc root, fruits, and other ingredients.
  • Pisco Sour: pisco, lemon or lime juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and bitters.

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