Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

I want to share a short and savory recipe with you today, hailing from Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce. Since my husband is from Argentina, he obviously loves his Argentine cuisine. I think it’s funny when people think he eats tacos or spicy food. Just FYI, Mexico is a good 3,100+ miles from Argentina (as the crow flies).

Everyone has their own recipe for Chimichurri sauce, but this one is just like how they make it in Argentina.Argentine cuisine is extremely diverse. My husband grew up eating food that we think of as Italian. It makes sense, because there were a lot of immigrants from Italy that ended up in Argentina in the 19th century.

Chimichurri is oh, so simple, but such a flavorful, poignant sauce. The only ingredients you really need for Chimichurri Sauce to come out just like my mother-in-law’s is some olive oil, vinegar, kosher salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic. There are a million different recipes floating around the internet for this sauce, but they are all too complex for us. We like our traditional Chimichurri sauce!



1/4 cup + 2 T. olive oil
3 T. vinegar (we white wine, balsamic, red wine, or white)
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped finely
A head of garlic
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional; I tend to leave this out more often since I don’t like spice)


Chop the Italian parsley finely. You should get about 1/2 cup once it is all chopped. Be careful that you buy parsley because cilantro looks almost identical. Put the parsley in a small glass bowl.

Mince the garlic. There should be about 1/2 cup of minced garlic once you are finished. Put the garlic in the glass bowl with the parsley.

Add the other ingredients and mix until well blended.

Makes over 1 cup of Chimichurri Sauce.

If you are wondering how to use Chimichurri, here are my suggestions:

  • Use it as a dip for some fresh baguettes
  • Spoon it over a beautifully grilled steak
  • Use it to marinate some chicken drumsticks for at least 2 hours before cooking (we marinated our Thanksgiving turkey last year!)
  • Put it on your sausage sandwich (choripán)

Cost to Make Chimichurri Sauce

Parsley – $0.88
Garlic – $0.48
Salt – $0.01
Pepper – $0.01
Vinegar – $0.01
Olive oil – $0.10
Red pepper flakes – $0.01
Total cost – $1.50

Have you ever tried Chimichurri Sauce?

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  1. chels says:

    In a warehouse too- T shipping (on a walkie) & me production!! I kissed him sandwiched between the pallet stacks so the cameras couldn’t catch us!

    I think I’ll just invite you all to a BBQ soon and you can bring the authentic & yummy Chimichurri!

  2. ha ha ha. I wouldn’t have known how to take that “compliment” either! Cute story! 🙂

  3. Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try the chimichurri sauce. Love your blog, Charlee!

  4. Ha, thanks! I appreciate you coming by!

  5. NO way. Chimichurri is like a parsley pesto kind of thing? I had no idea. It sounds wonderful. Is there anything similar in Argentinian cuisine that would pretty much involve me just stuffing my face with a bunch of cilantro. Like a cilantro pesto? ‘Cause I’d be tempted to renounce my citizenship…
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    • Here’s the thing, Argentinians have no clue what cilantro is. Yet most of the recipes you find anywhere online include cilantro in chimichurri. Cesar wouldn’t mind a little cilantro in it, but his mother and I absolutely cannot stand the stuff! It has a really strange taste! So, Janeen, go ahead and make chimichurri with cilantro if that is what you like. But just don’t invite me to your bbq, because I might offend you and not eat your cilantro chimichurri. Just sayin. 🙂

      Anyways, about your citizenship renunciation. Why would you have to renounce your citizenship? Cesar has dual citizenship. At least I think he does. Maybe when he became a U.S. citizen he gave up his Argentine citizenship? Not sure. Hm. Now you’ve got me thinking. Find out if you can keep your U.S. citizenship and then go for it. Become an Argentine citizen! Hahahahahahahahaha.


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