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Garlic Chimichurri Sauce with Fresh Herbs

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Garlic Chimichurri Sauce with fresh herbs is a flavorful sauce that is perfect to serve over meats and vegetables. It packs a flavor punch and there is nothing like it! I love making my own sauces and dips because the flavor component is so much better than store bought!

garlic chimichurri sauce with fresh herbs

You’re going to fall in love with making your own too. And this chimichurri is the perfect place to start.

Chimichurri with Cilantro

Cilantro is a love it or hate it herb. If you love it, you won’t be able to get enough of this garlicky cilantro sauce. This sauce will spice up any dish. It has a little kick and tons of flavor. The possibilities with it are endless.

It is an uncooked sauce that can also be used as a marinade as well. It’s great on grilled seafood, meats, and vegetables. It’s similar in some ways to pesto, but it doesn’t have pine nuts and the cilantro has a much different flavor. There are other differences as well.

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ingredients for chimichurri being blended in a food processor

How to Make Spicy Chimichurri Sauce

You can make chimichurri by chopping the herbs with a knife and mixing everything togther, but you can use a food processor to cut down the preparation time drastically. It has such a bright flavor, it’s so good!

Here are some great dishes to spoon chimichurri over for a taste delight you won’t soon forget:

Garlic Chimichurri Sauce can also be used as a marinade for meats and vegetables. There really are no limits. Here are some tips for using it:

  • It can be used immediately
  • It can be made ahead and refrigerated, but let it come to room temp before serving
  • It will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
  • It can be frozen for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then to come to room temp before serving

Chimichurri pizza

Chimichurri sauce can be used as a pizza sauce or drizzled on top. Check out this recipe for chimichurri pizza that is bright, fresh, and so tasty! Everyone loves pizza!

Chimichurri rice

Chimichurri rice is a fun and interesting twist on traditional rice recipes. Rice in inexpensive so it saves on the budget but this chimichurri rice is banging with flavor like nothing else you’ve ever tried!

For more delicious homemade sauce recipes, check these out:

Cilantro Chimichurri Recipe

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Garlic Chimichurri Sauce

Savory herby garlic sauce with a kick from jalepeno peppers and red pepper flakes.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chimichurri, cilantro, Garlic and herb, jalepenos, savory sauce
Servings: 12
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Christina


  • 1 ½ cups fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 1 small red onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Jalapeño Pepper


  • Add Cilantro, onion, garlic, jalapeños, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar, salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse, stopping and scraping down sides occasionally until finely minced.
  • Pour in olive oil and add lemon juice while pulsing several times until herb leaves are finely minced


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 273IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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