Chimichurri: an Argentinian Sauce Packed with Nutrients

Chimichurri: An Argentinian Sauce Packed with Flavor & Nutrients

Chimichurri recipe

Chimichurri. The word alone is fun to say, but what is chimichurri? It’s an incredibly flavorful sauce that can also be used as a marinade.

What is an example of something that could benefit from being topped with this chimichurri recipe? Chimichurri steak is definitely at the top of the list. It can be anything from a grass-fed steak to a cauliflower steak.

This chimichurri sauce is made with fresh vegetables and herbs (the fresher the better) and is not cooked at all. With key ingredients like bell peppers, chili peppers, garlic, shallots and cilantro, you can just imagine how intense the flavor of this sauce will be. When you add chimichurri to any dish, it makes it that much more interesting, not to mention tasty!

What Is Chimichurri?

So you know it’s flavorful, but exactly what is chimichurri sauce? Chimichurri is an uncooked sauce that originates in the South American country of Argentina. There are two ways of making chimichurri sauce. There is green (chimichurri verde) and red (chimichurri rojo).

Chimichurri is especially tasty when combined with beef. What does steak chimichurri taste like? Some consumers say that adding chimichurri “makes your steak taste like it was just dragged through the garden,” in a good way of course. This chimichurri recipe is a great topping for chicken and fish, too. It also doubles as a delicious marinade.



So chimichurri can be made in two different styles: red or green. If you’re looking for a cilantro chimichurri recipe, well both of these chimichurri recipes include health boosting cilantro. However, the red chimichurri recipe includes tomatoes while the green does not. The red version also includes smokey spices like chili powder and paprika while the green chimichurri contains cumin, but the red does not.

You really can’t go wrong with either recipe because both recipes are packed with flavor, nutrients and antioxidants.

Chimichurri recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make Chimichurri

Whether you choose to make my red or green chimichurri sauce recipe, how to make chimichurri sauce is really easy and not time consuming at all. You basically need to just chop up all of the ingredients and then toss them into a food processor. That’s it! It doesn’t get much simpler than that unless you use a store-bought chimichurri sauce.

But trust me when I tell you that this is the kind of sauce that you absolutely want to make yourself. Chimichurri sauce, like pico de gallo, is meant to made with super fresh ingredients to really experience chimichurri at its best — and at its most healthy.

Chimichurri recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Whether you’re opting to make the red, green or both versions of my chimichurri recipe, the first thing you’ll need to do is chop up all of your vegetables and fresh herbs.

Chimichurri recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

If you’re making the green chimichurri sauce, then you’ll be chopping up the green pepper, chili pepper, shallots, garlic, parsley and cilantro.

Chimichurri recipe step 4 - Dr. Axe

Next, you’ll add all of your chopped vegetables and herbs into the food processor.

Chimichurri recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

Now add the dried herbs, spices and salt to the food processor followed by the olive oil and fresh lime juice.

Chimichurri recipe step 6 - Dr. Axe

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Now, you have some fresh green chimichurri sauce! Use it right away or put it into the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it, which should be sooner than later to maintain the fresh factor.

Chimichurri recipe step 7 - Dr. Axe

If you’re opting to make the red chimichurri recipe then you’ll chop up all of your vegetables and herbs, which will include red pepper, red chili pepper, roma tomatoes, shallots, red onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro. Then you’ll add in your dried herbs, spices, salt, olive oil, and fresh lime juice. Blend all ingredients in the food processor until well-combined.

Chimichurri recipe step 8 - Dr. Axe

Add chimichurri sauce as a topping for your favorite dish. You can also use it as a dip or marinade.

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Chimichurri recipe

Chimichurri Recipe

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  • Author: Ayla Sadler
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Chimichurri is an uncooked sauce that originates in Argentina. There are two ways of making chimichurri sauce: green (chimichurri verde) and red (chimichurri rojo). Here we make both!



Green Chimichurri:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 green chili pepper, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 45 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

Red Chimichurri:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 45 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika



  1. For each sauce, put everything in a food processor and blend until well-combined. Be careful not to mix the two.
  2. After finished with one of the sauces, make the other one.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve on top of a grilled meat or a vegetable dish. These sauces can also be used as a dipping sauce or even a marinade.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Category: Sauces, Marinades, Dips
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Argentinian


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup (46 g)
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 148 mg (10% DV)
  • Fat: 13.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Sirlighted1970 on

    Sandwiches or burgers can be taken to the next level by spreading a generous amount of chimichurri on the bread or using it as a condiment with the filling. It can even be used as a dip for crusty bread or as a flavorful dressing for salads. I often eat it and enjoy Geometry Dash World every morning to best stimulate my brain.


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