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Easy Chimichurri Sauce

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This easy chimichurri recipe is probably one of the best sauces for your grilled meats, and you are potentially missing out on a glorious experience if you haven’t tried it yet.

EASY CHIMICHURRI RECIPE

My love for chimichurri can be traced back almost two decades ago on a trip I took with my parents to Argentina. One night, after a day of horseback riding on a gaucho (South American cowboys) ranch just outside of Buenos Aires, we sat down to one of the most amazing dinners. In a building on the ranch, filled with picnic tables that seemed to stretch for miles, gauchos would bring us massive trays of grilled steak and chicken. I was about to learn that this perfectly grilled selection of meats deserved a perfectly blended sauce. Something tangy, yet savory. Fresh, yet a surprising depth of flavors. It was at this moment, that I was introduced to chimichurri. Known by it’s simpler nickname “Argentine Pesto”, chimichurri is an absolute game-changer when it comes to sauces. Though the cilantro packs a powerful punch, it complements the meats, it doesn’t block it out like, say, a bottle of commercially made barbecue sauce.

If you are ready to take your grilling to the next level, and step away from the puddle of ketchup for a moment, it’s time to make some chimichurri.

chimichurri sauce in a glass jar
fresh cilantro laying on a table

WHAT IS CHIMICHURRI?

Chimichurri, also known as Argentine pesto, is a cilantro and oil-based sauce. If you were to swap out the basil from pesto, and a few other ingredients, you would arrive at chimichurri. Chimichurri has some pretty bold flavors: cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes, olive oil, garlic. However, all these flavors blended together strikes a perfect harmony. Not one flavor overpowers another, and, the completed sauce does not act as a masking agent for whatever meats you are serving it with.

WHAT DOES THIS EASY CHIMICHURRI RECIPE TASTE LIKE?

The first flavors you will notice with chimichurri are the fresh cilantro and fresh parsley. These herbs ride on a wave of olive oil, and grapeseed or avocado oil (my personal preference). There is a slight bit of heat brought to you by the red pepper flakes. And finally, the garlic pulls it all together.

CHIMICHURRI INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh parsley – 1 cup (stems removed)
  • Fresh cilantro – 1 cup (stems removed)
  • 6 cloves garlic – minced
  • Dried oregano – 2 teaspoons
  • Coarse Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Crushed red pepper flakes – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red wine vinegar – 8 teaspoons
  • Avocado oil (or grapeseed oil) – 1/2 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1/4 cup
fresh parsley laying on a table

HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY CHIMICHURRI RECIPE

One of my favorite aspects of chimichurri is how easy it is to make given the range of flavors it produces.

1. Remove all the stems from the fresh cilantro and parsley (hint, if a few stems get missed, it’s not a huge deal since they are going in the food processor anyway).

2. Along with the cilantro and parsley, add the garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and vinegar to the food processor.

3. At this point, you can either pulse the ingredients a few times to get them good and blended up, or if you are in a bit of a hurry, you can just turn on the food processor, and slowly add the avocado oil through the top while everything is blending up.

4. Once all the ingredients are completely blended (takes about 30 seconds to a minute), stir in the olive oil.

5. Serve on top of sliced, grilled meats, or on the side as a dipping sauce.

chimichurri sauce ingredients in a food processor

IS CHIMICHURRI CONSIDERED HEALTHY?

As far as sauces go, chimichurri is very healthy. There are many positive cardiovascular benefits associated with avocado oil, cilantro leaves, and olive oil. Red pepper flakes have been determined to possess a thermogenic quality. And garlic has been credited with lowering blood pressure.

chimichurri sauce in a bowl

CAN YOU MAKE CHIMICHURRI AHEAD OF TIME?

Definitely! You can blend up the ingredients and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I like to make some extra and keep it in the fridge to use with leftover chicken.

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CAN YOU FREEZE CHIMICHURRI?

Yes, you can freeze chimichurri. Since the sauce is oil-based, once you remove it from the freezer and give it a chance to thaw, all you need to do is stir it up with a fork or spoon, and it is ready to serve. Though fresh chimichurri should be stored in cold temperatures, it is best served at room temperature.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHIMICHURRI?

Chimichurri is delicious when served with grilled beef, however, if you are not in the mood for carne, then I suggest:

  • Grilled chicken
  • As a replacement for your usual salad dressing. However, I would not use it in a salad that contained a lot of fruits, it probably would not pair well with sweet flavors.
  • Smoked salmon
chimichurri sauce on grilled chicken

WHAT KITCHEN TOOLS DO I NEED TO MAKE CHIMICHURRI?

chimichurri sauce on grilled chicken

Easy Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri, or Argentine pesto, is a vibrantly flavored, cilantro based sauce that pairs well with grilled poultry, beef, and fish.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: Cilantro
Servings: 30 2 Tbsp Servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: House Hunk

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the parsley, cilantro, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and red wine vinegar into the bowl of a food processor.
    chimichurri sauce ingredients in a food processor
  • With food processor running, slowly pour avocado oil into the mixture and blend until smooth.
    chimichurri sauce in a food processor
  • After blended, stir in olive oil.
    chimichurri sauce in a bowl
  • Serve, or store in airtight container in refrigerator.
    chimichurri sauce in a glass jar

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal
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