Chimichurri Sauce

Close-up of spreading chimichurri sauce on steak TipHero

If you’re already familiar with Chimichurri Sauce, you know well the magical effect the traditional Argentinian and Uruguayan condiment has on meat. And if you’re not familiar— what in the world are you waiting for?! This stuff is FANTASTIC! Not only is it absolutely delicious, it’s actually so incredibly simple and easy to make. All you need are some fresh ingredients and a food processor. Allow us to demonstrate the quick process, then read on for the recipe so you can try it yourself!

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CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups packed fresh Italian parsley, leaves only
  • ¼ cup packed fresh oregano, leaves only
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the parsley, oregano, garlic cloves, vinegar, salt, chili flakes and black pepper. Pulse until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
    Mixing chimichurri sauce in a food processorTipHero
  2. While the processor is running, slowly add the oil and process until smooth. Scrape the sides as needed.
    Chimichurri sauce mixed in food processorTipHero
  3. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to come together. The sauce will keep, refrigerated, for up to one week.
Spreading chimichurri sauce on steakTipHero

See? Totally easy! This sauce is perfect spread on steak, as we did here, or used as a marinade for any meat you like. Since it’s so similar to pesto, you can also use it for a spicier take on all the ways you would use that go-to sauce. AND, if you’re feeling really adventurous – or if you’re an expert for whom this recipe is old hat – you can make the red version of chimichurri with tomato and red bell pepper. Whichever you choose, you and your whole family are sure to love it.

So tell us— are you a longtime fan of Chimichurri Sauce, or is this recipe brand new to you? What entrees do you think you’ll spice up with this classic sauce? If you decide to try this easy recipe, let us know how it goes and share the results with us!

Recipe adapted from Chowhound