Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri goes great on grilled meat and vegetables! Or use it for dips and spreads!

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Chimichurri is a specialty of Argentina and Uruguay. It is a sauce made of parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. Chimichurri is used as a table condiment and for cooking grilled meat. The origins of the word chimichurri are still up for debate. Some legends say that the name comes from Basque settlers that came to Argentina in the 19th century. They used a term “tximitxurri” which means “a mixture of things in no particular order”. While others say that the word may have come from when the British were imprisoned after the failed British invasions in 1806-1807 of the Rio de la Plata. When the captured British soldiers had asked for condiments for their food they had mixed together English, aboriginal, and Spanish words and possibly “chimichurri” was one of them.

A mile from my husband and my first house was this adorable Argentinian restaurant. It was this small place that had a big case that displayed desserts by the register, and shelves in the corner where customers could stop in and buy Argentinian cookies and other delights. The restaurant was the best part. The menu had delectable empanadas, yucca fries, and many grilled dishes. With each grilled platter the servers would give us a little dish of chimichurri to dip our meat into. Their chimichurri was delightful in its simplicity and tangy flavor. I wanted to recreate those flavors at home. Please enjoy this recipe!

Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Yields 1 cup

Prep Time 5 min

Active Time 5 min

Inactive Time 1 hour

Specialty Tool: Food Processor


1 tablespoon shallot, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 small jalapeno pepper, sliced and de-seeded

4 tablespoons white or red vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra

1 teaspoon fresh oregano

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1/2 cup fresh cilantro


Place all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Pour chimichurri into a jar with a lid. Place in refrigerator and chill for about 1 hour.

Chimichurri is very versatile! It can be a marinade, dipping sauce, or a spread.

Chimichurri is a great marinade for grilled chicken or sirloin kebabs. Spread on vegetables or on toast!


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