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  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 13
  • Servings 4
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  • 1 heart of cow or veal


  • 1/2 cup ají panca paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt, if desired
  • Ground pepper, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 wooden skewers (in Perú the skewers are called “de caña brava”)


  • 2 Russet potatoes, boiled, peeled, and cut in thick slices
  • 2 kernel corn, boiled, and cut in thick slices

Serve with

  • Aji amarillo paste mixed with green onions, chopped


  • 1
    Before cutting the heart, clean thoroughly, take out veins, and sinew. Cut in 1 1/2-inch squares.
  • 2
    In bowl, combine aji panca paste, garlic, vinegar, oregano, oil, salt, and cumin. Stir in the heart cubes, and marinate at least three hours. Make a brush with fresh corn husks, to baste the anticuchos.
  • 3
    Heat electric or coal grill at medium heat. Once marinated, thread three or four heart pieces in bamboo skewers, basting with marinade and using the corn husks as a brush until cooked through (about three minutes each side). Take skewers off the heat.
  • 4
    Serve on plates with potatoes, corn, and aji sauce.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Aji panca is a dried red chili pepper. Before using it has to be seeded, de-veined and boiled three times changing the water to tame the heat. Then it can be processed in the blender with a little water or oil. It’s easier to buy aji panca in Latin American grocery stores throughout the U.S., or by ordering it online.

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