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Peruvian Totchos with Ají Amarillo Crema

Styling: Rishon Hanners and Audrey Davis, Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Hands On time 25 mins
Total time 55 mins

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup)

This fun twist on traditional nachos features potato tots instead of chips for a warm comfort food dish that takes on the role of an out-of-this-world delicious party platter. This dish features flavors reminiscent of Peruvian cuisine, such as cumin, avocado and the essential ají crema sauce, which can be made ahead of time. 


  • 1 16-oz. package frozen sweet potato tots
  • 2 ounces queso freso (fresh Mexican cheese), crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons ají amarillo paste (yellow hot pepper paste)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

How to Make It

  1. Cook sweet potato tots according to package directions.

  2. Pulse queso fresco, mayonnaise, sour cream, ají amarillo paste, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a food processor until smooth, 5 to 6 times.

  3. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds. Add beans, and cook, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 2 minutes.

  4. Stir together cumin and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; sprinkle over hot sweet potato tots. Top tots with bean mixture, and drizzle with ají amarillo crema. Top evenly with radishes, onion, avocado, and pepitas. Serve immediately.