Kitchen Notes

The Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper

by Thomas Kelly on Feb 23, 2015


This enchanting pepper hails from South America--most recognizably from Peru, where it is the go-to chili for traditional recipes. When fresh, the chili is bright yellow in color (thus, the name) and frequently made into a paste to flavor sauces and stews.

Sourcing: Most Latin markets will have dried whole aji amarillo chilies or aji amarillo paste. You can also find them in specialty online markets like this one.

Storing: Whole dried chilies should be kept sealed in an airtight container and free of moisture. Aji amarillo paste should be refrigerated after opening.


  • Pineapple
  • Pork
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Coconut
  • Lamb
  • Broccoli

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