Peruvian Aji Verde (AKA Pio Pio Sauce)

We used to go to a Peruvian restaurant in NYC called Pio Pio, that had the most incredible green sauce! It was worth going there just for the sauce, so I had to make a vegan version. You are going to want to pour this spicy, garlicky, herby and creamy aji verde on everything – burritos, tacos, Buddha bowls, pasta, empanadas, scrambles, rice, sandwiches, samosas…you might even want to just eat it with a spoon.

Peruvian Aji Verde

Course: Dressings, Sauces
Cuisine: Peruvian, Vegan
Keyword: cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, lime, mayo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: The Vegan Feast
This vegan Aji Verde, Peruvian Green Sauce, is herby, spicy and creamy. You are going to want to drizzle it on just about everything!
Makes about 1 cup of sauce.
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  • 2 jalapeño chiles stems removed
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce to taste
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Place all of the sauce ingredients, except the hot sauce and salt, in the bowl of your food processor, (or blender) and process until creamy.
  • Depending on how hot the jalapenos are, you may want to add some more hot sauce to taste. Season with salt to taste.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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