Have you ever tried Argentinian churrasco or Argentinian grilled meats covered in chimichurri sauce? If you haven’t, you’re missing out!! For real! Add that to your bucket list if you are a meat lover because once you try it, you might never want to eat any other type of meat or use any other condiment on your grilled meats.
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I have been living in Miami for over 18 years now. I love the city, the panoramic views, the people and the diversity. Above all I love the melting pot of international cuisines you can find in this town. One of my favorites is Argentinian food, mainly asados, churrascos, chorizos etc – basically all types of roasts on the grill. At some point I’ll write a post on its own just about how they cut and grill their meats. However, today I want to introduce you to their secret condiment: chimichurri sauce!!
What is Chimichurri Sauce?
Chimichurri sauce is a sauce used on grilled & BBQ-ed meats mostly in Argentina and Uruguay. Usually I serve this sauce on the side of churrasco and I can pour over the meat as much as I want. However, I have heard that the meat can also be marinated with the sauce or basted! Some people will spoon it on top of the meat as it cooks.
Chimichurri is made mostly with parsley, garlic, red chili pepper, oil and vinegar. As with any traditional recipe there are variations by region, family or preference so I won’t pretend to know what’s the most traditional recipe. Some variations include tomato, red pepper, flakes instead of red chili, oregano, and other spices.
Chimichurri is Perfect for Keto Diet
If you are not aware what Keto or Low Carb diets are please read my post on Eating Lifestyles. Why do I say that chimichurri is perfect for keto diet? Well, chimichurri is made with oil and mostly chopped parsley so it’s carb free and contains lot of oil (fats). Add that on top of meat and you got yourself the perfect combination for keto!! Now, if you like to serve rice next to your churrasco your meal won’t be keto friendly anymore. However, if you serve a large salad with your asado and chimichurri, then you got yourself a perfect keto meal. I personally don’t follow the keto diet but I love grilled meats with chimichurri.
Chimichurri happens to be not only low carb / keto friendly but also gluten free, vegan, paleo and whole30. Even though it is more traditionally served over grilled meats, you can serve it over grilled vegetables too if you don’t eat meat.
Chimichurri Sauce Recipe Notes & Tips
I have had to do several trials and errors to figure out a good recipe that works for my family. Feel free to play with the ingredients and their quantity until you achieve the desired results.
- I highly suggest you chop the parsley by hand or a small electrical food chopper, but don’t use a food processor. You are not trying to make hummus or a parsley paste. Yes you have to chop it really fine, but no, it doesn’t have to be a paste.
- You can use dried oregano if you can’t find fresh.
- You can use red pepper flakes instead of a red chili pepper.
I tend to eye ball my recipes a little to adjust for how many people we have over. This past Saturday, I sat down to write down all the ingredients I use and their quantities. Hope you enjoy my version of chimichurri!!!
Here’s a picture of the ingredients before I started chopping them.
Chimichurri Sauce – Keto Friendly BBQ Sauce
- 2 cups fresh chopped Italian parsley
- 2 tbsps chopped fresh oregano leaves in absence of fresh, you can use 1 tbsp of dried oregano (however parsley has to be fresh and not dried)
- 1 red chili pepper you can use red pepper flakes too
- 1 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsps red wine vinegar
- salt to taste
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- Chop the parsley really fine. Remove stems when possible. Add to a deep bowl.
- Chop the oregano leaves or add dried oregano over the chopped parsley.
- De-seed the red chili pepper, clean and wash. Chop it fine and add it to the rest.
- Mince garlic and add to the bowl. Add salt as well.
- Finally pour 1 cup of olive oil and 3 tbsps of red wine vinegar. Mix well and set it to chill.
- Usually I prepare few hours before serving. I have had leftovers the next day but I don’t know how long it would be fresh in the refrigerator beyond 1 day since we always finish ours within 24 hrs.
- These are estimated nutrition facts (per serving): 197 calories, 1 g Carbohydrates, 1 g Dietary Fiber, 22 g Total Fat, 0 g Protein
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Other Latin American Inspired Sauces:
Latin American cuisine is diverse and has some of the most amazing sauces I have ever tried. Besides chimichurri, feel free to check out these other recipes. Hope to add more in the future:
Update: Post was first published on 01/07/2019 and updated on 01/21/2020 with new pictures. See below one of my older pictures for this post.