Summer party-approved: Briny cotija cheese is the star of this spiced Peruvian dip


1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup chopped Spanish onion

1/4 cup chopped red onion

4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 

1 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed, coarsely chopped 

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed, coarsely chopped 

3 ounces crumbled fresh Cotija cheese 

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more as needed 

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons Aji-Amarillo paste, or to taste 

3/4 cup mayonnaise, homemade or store-bought

1/8 teaspoon adobo, plus more for garnish

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Kosher salt, as needed 

Minced cilantro, for garnish 


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