Seco de Cordero - Peruvian Lamb Stew With Potatoes

Seco de Cordero - Peruvian Lamb Stew With Potatoes

Seco de Cordero: a delicious Peruvian lamb stew featuring aji peppers, cumin, and lots of cilantro, then braised in beer until tender and flavorful.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Cut the meat into approximately 2-inch cubes.
  2. Step 2

    Mix the vinegar with the garlic, cumin, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and some salt and black pepper, and pour over the meat. Let meat marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Step 3

    Puree the cilantro (stems removed) with some water in a blender or food processor until you get a smooth paste.
  4. Step 4

    Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a large pot or skillet on high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown the meat on all sides. Remove meat to a plate.
  5. Step 5

    Lower the heat and add the onion and aji pepper to the same skillet with the leftover marinade. Cook until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Add the meat back to the skillet, along with the beer, the cilantro, and 1 cup of the chicken stock. Cover and cook over low heat until the meat is tender, about an hour.
  7. Step 7

    Peel and quarter the potatoes, and add them to the stew. Continue to cook over low heat until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes more, adding more chicken broth if necessary.
  8. Step 8

    Serve warm over rice.