Discovering Argentina’s Favorite Flavor Sensation: Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri, come on, say it with me. The rolling “r’s” are as sensually delicious as the Argentine grilling sauce.

Though the origins of chimichurri sauce are as mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle, there are many myths about where the sauce came from.

Rumor has it that, chimichurri was thought to be called “Jimmy’s Curry” or Jimmy McCurry, who was an English soldier that helped Argentina fight for independence.

Others claim that the name chimichurri originates from the Basque term “tximitxurri.” The word means a mixture of many things without particular order.

Wherever the name came from, chimichurri is the heart of Argentine cuisine and one of Argentina’s most delicious foods you need to be eating.

What Is Chimichurri Sauce?

While like pesto, chimichurri is a blend of either lemon juice or vinegar, and a blend of several types of spices. Some of these include garlic, thyme, oregano, parsley, scallions, and a variety of hot peppers.

There are many versions, which are used for grilling several types of meat in bright colors such as green, orange, and red varieties.

Sometimes, people will marinate their meats in chimichurri sauce. But it’s used to add an extra kick to any barbeque or grilled recipe.

We are going to get into the different varieties of this versatile condiment and why you should add this to bring out the flavors in your cooking.

Varieties of Chimichurri

Most foodies from around the world know about the green variety of chimichurri sauce.

But they come in all types of colors, depending on the ingredients you add into your recipe. Another simplified version is red chimichurri, which uses Spanish paprika, while the orange variety includes orange juice and zest rather than vinegar or lemon juice.

You can find recipes and experiment with the ingredients to make your chimichurri sauce suit your tastes.

What Does It Taste Like?

I can tell your mouth is watering, and you’re wondering what does chimichurri taste like?

To me, chimichurri has a strong, but delicious blend of ingredients will take your palate on an unforgettable adventure. You will experience the different layers of herbs, spices, and other flavors, that will leave you hooked.

The beautiful thing about chimichurri is that the recipes are entirely adjustable to suit everyone’s taste buds.

You can make it spicy or mild, from subtle to pungent; the choice is yours. Just blend your ingredients and put in the fridge, because the longer the flavors blend, the better your sauce will taste.

How To Make Chimichurri Sauce?

Ingredients to make chimichurri sauce, parsley, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic
Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients

There are many chimichurri sauce recipes out there. Depending on the country and even the region of the country they can vary. But for a typical Argentinian chimichurri sauce recipe you’ll need the following ingredients;

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced (2 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Making an authentic chimichurri sauce recipe is pretty easy to prepare.

  1. In a food processor, combine the parsley, vinegar, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper.
  2. Process until smooth; season with salt and pepper
  3. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and pour the olive oil over the mixture.
  4. This chimichurri recipe yields 3/4 of a cup.

What Can You Put Chimichurri On?

Most chefs put chimichurri on grilled meat, though you can add the sauce to a variety of dishes to make the flavors pop. Red chimichurri usually flavors grilled meats. But not all seasonings are the same because different types go well with specific cuts. We will talk a bit about that below.

Orange

Orange Chimichurri brings out a taste of summer and is excellent on meats such as lamb, seafood, chicken and beef. Its acidic taste will complement the spiciness from orange poblanos.

Red

It’s known for a mix of a fiery blend of herbs and hot peppers; red chimichurri sauce is a blend of paprika, jalapenos and red pepper flakes. Pair this sauce with beef, chicken or pork, to bring an unforgettable kick to your grilled recipes.

Green

The classic green sauce is versatile with about anything you put it on from grilled meats such as skirt steak, flank steak, chicken to roasted vegetables or to something as simple as chimichurri on freshly baked bread. Its indirect kick will bring out the flavor of everything it touches.

Chimichurri sauce on sliced skirt steak
Chimcihurri Sauce on Skirt Steak
Chimichurri Sauce with lemon on tiger shrimp
Chimichurri Sauce on Shrimp
Chimichurri sauce on sliced bread
Chimichurri Sauce on Sliced Bread

Want More Latin Inspired Recipes?

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Visit Amigo Foods to find your favorite chimichurri sauce recipes and other delicious dishes from Latin America. If you’d rather taste chimchurri sauce made by the pros, you can always buy imported chimichurri sauces from Argentina at our online store.

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