How To Make Peruvian Causa Rellena: Ingredients Needed & Steps to Take

Did you know that Peru has over 3000 different species of potatoes? Potato dishes such as the Peruvian Causa Rellena are one of the many reasons that people are drawn to Peruvian food culture and its many Michelin Star restaurants.

Because of this rich potato culture, Peruvians have more potato recipes than you could ever think of, and they are all so incredibly delicious.

This brings us to the topic of one of the most popular dishes in all of Peru, the Peruvian Causa Rellena.

What Is Causa Rellena

Causa Rellena is everything North Americans love, mashed potatoes, tuna, and avocado all piled into one satisfying dish. It is served cold and typically enjoyed as an appetizer or light main course.

This visually stunning dish is known for its colorful garnishes and show stopping presentation.

Causa Rellena gets it’s name from kausaq, an old Incan Quechua word meaning “giver of life”. It’s also another name for potato. The word rellena translates to “filled” in spanish.

There are many different ways to make a Peruvian Causa, and each Causa recipe is very different, which can get confusing when you are learning how to make it.

So how do you make the original Peruvian Causa Rellena? Keep on reading as we cover everything you need to know.

How To Make Causa Rellena

In order to make a causa, no matter which filling you choose, the base will always be the same. Follow this recipe to learn which ingredients you need for a true Peruvian Causa.

Causa Rellena Ingredients

Peruvian aji amarillo in white bowl
Peruvian Causa Ingredient, Aji Amarillo Paste
  • Yellow or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Lime Juice
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Aji Amarillo paste; jarred or fresh
  • Chopped tomatoes and/or avocados
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Types of Causa Rellena Fillings:

  • Tuna
  • Shrimp or crab
  • Shredded chicken
  • Lime juice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chopped Onion


Mash the Potatoes

After the potatoes are thoroughly boiled, let them cool, then remove the skins. Mash them until there are no lumps, ideally in a food processor, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the oil, lime juice, Aji paste, and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix the Filling

Decide on which filling you want to use, then combine it with lime juice, mayonnaise, and chopped onions in a medium-sized bowl.

This could be either oil-packed, canned tuna fish, fresh crab, lobster, salmon with dill, or shredded chicken.

Prepare the Causa Rellena

You can easily make one large causa by lining a baking sheet with plastic wrap or parchment paper, then spread the potato mixture evenly in a layer. Top with your desired filling, tomatoes, and avocadoes, then another level of the potato leaving a small border along the sides.

If you want to make individual, circular-sized Causas, you can use a cookie-cutter to prepare the potato mixture, then adding the filling, more potato, and more toppings as well.

Decorate the Causa Rellena

Peruvian Causa dish with olives and hard boiled egg
Peruvian Causa

When it comes to fine dining, presentation is key. Impress your dinner guests by decorating the Causas beautifully like a fine-dining restaurant.

Top them with queso fresco, fresh dill, spring onions, olive tapenade, and an avocado style Pico de Gallo. Serve alongside a delicious Peruvian salad.

Learn More About the Peruvian Causa Rellena and Other Delicious Peruvian Dishes

Peruvian food doesn’t just stop at the Peruvian Causa, there are other recipes such as Ceviche and much more delicious flavors!

This recipe is best enjoyed with a Peruvian Pisco Sour, check out our recipe for making a truly authentic Pisco Sour!

To explore more of the best Peruvian dishes, read 17 Best Peruvian Foods You Have To Try. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert with 9 Peruvian Desserts You’ll Die For!

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