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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16 PM   #1
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Sub for Aji chili peppers?

Aji peppers are used commonly in Peruvian food, but are not available where I live. Is there a good substitute that is readily available? I have access to jalapenos, serranos, pablanos....the common stuff.


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Old 03-11-2009, 07:51 PM   #2
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Hi, sunny This site, written by the wife of a Peruvian man, says to sub aji peppers with jalapeno: PERUVIAN RECIPES

Thanks for prompting me to look it up I've been wanting to make Papas a la Huancaína, and now I know what to sub - I can't find aji peppers, either.

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Old 03-15-2009, 08:49 PM   #3
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Aji is simply the Spanish word for pepper. The peppers in your Peruvian recipe are probably aji amarillo (capsicum baccatum). They have a fairly distinct flavor, not at all like jalapenos. If you can't find fresh, look for paste. It comes in a jar and should be available in most areas of the country.
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