Ají Amarillo

Ají Amarillo


Scientific Classification

Capsicum baccatum

Heat rating in Scovilles:

30000 – 50000

“Aji” means chile pepper in Spanish, and “amarillo” means yellow. Although they are named yellow chile peppers, their color changes to orange as they mature. It is typically associated with Peruvian cuisine, and is considered part of its condiment trinity together with red onion and garlic.

Common dishes with aji amarillo are the Peruvian stew Aji de Gallina (“Hen Chili”), Huancaina sauce and the Bolivian Fricase Paceno.

Its dried form is called Ají Mirasol.

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