John Wayne's Peruvian Causa

Martha Price


This recipe was demonstrated by John Wayne's widow, Pilar Wayne, on the now defunct show "Hour Magazine". It is a Peruvian dish, with layered mashed potatoes and other ingredients.

I have not yet tried it, but it sounds delicious and unique - I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it!

I understand it can be made with various ingredients, but this is Pilar's version.

Pilar said this was John Wayne's favorite dish!

Photo by Bing.


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 - 8
30 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • can(s)
    13 oz, light tuna or albacore chunk, water packed
  • 1 large
    red onion, coarsely chopped
  • ·
  • 1/4 c
    lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lb
    russet potatoes
  • 1/3 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1
    head boston lettuce
  • 2
    hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1
    avocado, sliced
  • 24
    black olives or green stuffed olives, sliced
  • ·
    chopped parsley, if desired

How to Make John Wayne's Peruvian Causa


  1. Drain tuna, mix with onion and enough mayonnaise to hold together. Season with 1/4 cup lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Refrigerate. This is your salad mixture.
  2. Cook potatoes, whole in their skins, until soft. Peel and mash while still hot. Add salt to taste. Let cool.
  3. Add vegetable oil and two tablespoons lemon juice to potatoes. Work like dough, with your hands. Divide potato mixture into two equal parts. Form first half into a layer and place on a round platter. Spread tuna mixture over layer and top with second half of potatoes. This should look like a cake, ready to be frosted.
  4. Cover entire Causa with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Garnish all around with lettuce. Top with egg and avocado slices and black olives. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

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About John Wayne's Peruvian Causa

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Cuban

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