Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a really delicious sauce made of fresh herbs, olive oil, and vinegar that originated in Argentina. It’s ready with no extra chopping or assembly – just drop everything into a food processor and you’re ready to go!

A spoon scooping homemade chimichurri sauce out of a small bowl.

Chimichurri goes SO well on grilled meats like steak, chicken, or fish. With the fresh, garlicky taste of the herbs and the slight spice from the red pepper flakes, this will be super addicting in your household. You can always just dip some tortilla chips straight in the bowl – I won’t tell!


  • Italian/Flat-Leaf ParsleyGrab a few fresh bunches of flat leaf parsley for the green base of this recipe. You don’t have to just use the leaves… the stems work great as well.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil A high-quality olive oil lends to the best tasting chimichurri sauce. I wouldn’t sub this out for any other type of oil.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – We’re going to need a touch of vinegar to counteract the herbs and oil. Don’t skip this ingredient!
  • Spices – Salt, black pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes round out this simple but powerful spice list. You can adjust all of these to your taste; for example, adding more red pepper flakes if you like things spicy.

How to Make Homemade Chimichurri

This is one of my favorite sauces because it’s a “dump and go” recipe. Just throw everything into a blender/food processor – the full sprig of parsley, the entire peeled garlic clove, etc. – and blend until well combined!

Be sure to scrape down the sides if necessary. This sauce works well at room temperature for about the 1st 24 hours; anything after that, and you can store in the fridge.

A spoon scooping homemade chimichurri sauce out of a small bowl.

What Does Chimichurri Taste Like?

I would describe it as a very fresh sauce, almost like green salsa, but more herby and oily. And of course, no tomatoes!

You mostly taste the herbs and garlic, but the olive oil and salt/red pepper really round out the flavor profile. This stuff tastes so good on almost anything – meats, vegetables, or just as a dip!

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A spoon scooping homemade chimichurri sauce out of a small bowl.

Chimichurri Sauce

Shani W.
This easy chimichurri sauce is the perfect balance of herby, garlicky, and citrusy goodness… and it goes amazingly on grilled meats like steak or chicken!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 8


  • 1 cup Italian/flat-leaf parsley leaves firmly pack the measuring cup
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ ct. lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ct. garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes


  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until well combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Serve with grilled meats like steak, chicken, or shrimp. Enjoy!
Keyword chimichurri sauce, homemade chimichurri, Sauces

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A shot of chimichurri sauce in a clear sauce bowl with fresh parsley in the background.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.29
  • Total Cost (8 servings): $2.31
  • Those Other Guys: $3.99 per serving

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