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Causa Limeña Tuna

30 min

4 servings


gemiddelde waardering 4 uit 5, gebaseerd op 1 stemmen, beoordelingen

When you think of the potato, you probably won’t immediately think of the cuisine of a South American country. What many people do not know is that the potato has its origin in Peru, where the potato is a widely eaten vegetable. One of Mariëla's favorite potato dishes is Causa limeña. This typical Peruvian dish is made with  mashed potatoes, which are flavored with lime juice and a paste of aji amarillo. The causa is served by alternating layers of mashed potatoes and tuna. This allows you to put an impressive starter on the table in a simple way.

The 'Aji Amarillo', made with yellow Peruvian chili peppers, gives the potatoes in the causa limeña a very special taste. You can buy this essential ingredient at the toko (we bought it at Tjin's toko in Amsterdam) or on Mariëla's website.

Vegetarian? Mariela gave us an alternative: replace the tuna with carrots, green beans or any other vegetable of your choice.

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Preparation method

Step 1. Prepare the potato mixture

  • Peel the potatoes and then boil them in a large pan with salted water for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl and mash until you have a smooth mixture with no chunks.

  • Squeeze the limes until you have 6 tbsp of lime juice.

  • Add the lime juice, olive oil, aji amarillo paste (be careful adding this, as it can be spicy) and a pinch of salt to the mashed potatoes. Mix well and set the bowl aside.

Step 2. Prepare the tuna salad

  • Chop a red onion and drain the tuna.

  • Cut the tomatoes into quarters, remove the seeds and the tougher pieces, then cut the tomato into small cubes.

  • Mix the red onion, tuna, tomato and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3. Serve the Causa Limena Tuna

  • Cut the avocado into thin slices.

  • Place the cooking ring in the center of a plate. First apply a smooth and even layer of mashed potatoes followed by slices of avocado

  • Then add a layer of tuna salad and finally another layer of mashed potatoes. Then carefully remove the cooking ring.

  • Optional: garnish with extra tomato, boiled egg slices or extra avocado.

Buen provecho! ('Enjoy your meal')
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According to Mariëla, the variety of ingredients provides special taste sensations in Peruvian cuisine. Would you like to read more about what is special about Peruvian cuisine? Then read on!


  • 6-8 floury potatoes

  • 2-3 tbsp aji amarillo paste

  • 3 limes (6 tbsp juice)

  • 320 grams canned tuna

  • 1 small red onion finely chopped

  • 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 2 avocados

  • 2 small tomatoes

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Special cooking supplies

  • Cooking ring (also called garnish or baking ring)

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