Butifarra Sandwich Is a Peruvian Tradition

Butifarra Sandwich

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings

The word "butifarra" is the name of a Spanish sausage from Catalan. During the many years Peru was a Spanish colony, eating butifarra became part of the culture. Legend has it that butifarra sandwiches were first sold during bullfights.

Now it's the name of an essential Peruvian sandwich—filled with slices of savory jamon del país, Peruvian country-style seasoned ham, and the wonderful sweet onion relish called salsa criolla.

Radishes, lettuce, and chilies were also part of the sandwich originally, but now ingredients vary depending on taste, except for the ham and salsa criolla. Butifarra is traditionally served on crusty round French bread rolls. 

These sandwiches have become so much a part of Peruvian culture that they are commonly served at birthday parties, in school cafeterias, on food carts and at sangucherías, the Peruvian version of a diner. Peru regards pisco as its national drink, so go ahead and have your pisco drink of choice with this masterpiece of a sandwich.


  • 4 French bread sandwich rolls
  • Optional: 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pound jamon del país (sliced)
  • 2 cups lettuce
  • 1 cup salsa criolla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Split the French rolls in half lengthwise and spread the inside lightly with mayonnaise if desired.

  3. Divide the jamon among the four rolls and place inside rolls with lettuce.

  4. Add 1/4 cup salsa criolla to each roll.

  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variation

  • This is the basic recipe for a butifarra. Change it up with mustard instead of mayonnaise, add aji amarillo sauce for extra heat, or serve on ciabatta rolls instead of French bread.

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