The cuisine of the city of Cusco is a combination of the Andean tradition with the Spanish. The Andean tradition contributes the Peruvian ingredients and the Spanish one contributes the use of meats in the dishes. Cusco has a great variety of restaurants where you can try these delicious dishes.
Next, you will be able to know some of the typical dishes that you should not miss on your trip to Cusco.
1: CUY CHACTADO
This delicious dish can not only be tested in the city of Cusco, if you decide to travel to Arequipa you can also taste this delicious dish. It is one of the special dishes of the Andean areas of Peru. The guinea pig is fried and served accompanied by golden potatoes, Creole sauce, chili pepper, among other ingredients. You can accompany the dish with the traditional chicha morada or chicha de jora.
2: CHUÑO TAIL
This dish is of Inca origin. It is a soup made with chuño, rice, meats, potatoes and chickpeas. In Cusco, it is taken at any time of the year.
3: OLLUQUITO WITH CHARQUI
This dish is a stew of ollucos and dried minced meat, it is made from pure Peruvian ingredients such as olluco, a type of potato that grows in the Andes, charqui and llama or alpaca meat. It can be served with rice and you can also pour chopped fresh parsley.
4: CHICHARRÓN A LA CUSQUEÑA
Generally, this dish is eaten for breakfast, it is served with bread. Sometimes they serve it in patron or religious parties. Pork is chopped and browned. It is salted and served accompanied by court, potato or cassava.
5: COVER OR MILK OVEN
This is a typical dish of Cusco, although fortunately, if you make a trip to Lima, you can find it in any restaurant. On some occasions, this dish is served as a snack. It is made mainly based on roast pork or piglet.
6: CUSCO TAMAL
The Cusco tamale is one of the favorite foods among residents and visitors. It can be eaten for breakfast, as an entry for lunch, and as part of dinner. It is made with white corn, vegetable shortening, vanilla, black raisins, white sugar and to wrap them, corn husks are used.
7: PEPIÁN DE CUY
This delicious dish is made with guinea pig, garlic, salt, onion, vinegar, huacatay, cumin and pepper. It is usually served with a serving of rice and can be accompanied with roasted or ground peanuts to give the dish a pleasant taste.
8: COCA MATTE
This drink contains medicinal and digestive properties. It is an infusion of coca leaves. This drink avoids any discomfort of altitude sickness, therefore, it is offered to all visitors who arrive for the first time to Cusco.
9: JORA CHICHA
This drink was considered the most important of the Inca empire. It is an ancestral drink not only in Peru, but throughout America. This drink is mainly made from jora or fermented corn. It is said that the ancient Peruvians created this drink casually.
This drink is mainly made from ground fermented corn and is mixed with strawberries. It is a pretty nice drink with which you can accompany any of your meals.
11: QUINUA MAZAMORRA
This dessert is made with quinoa, which is an Andean cereal. You can eat at any time of the year. In Peru, its consumption has very ancient origins. This dessert is very nice and usually consumed in the afternoons.
12: PUMPKIN SWEET
This is another of the traditional desserts of the city of Cusco. Its main ingredients are pumpkin, sugar, chancaca and milk. Many Cusco people offer this delicious dessert as the main option for tourists.