Mint Chimichurri

This mint chimichurri is an easy sauce to make that is a flavorful condiment made with mint, parsley, and cilantro that pairs well with meat or vegetables.

We get mint chimichurri from Argentina and Uruguay and it comes in red and green varieties depending on the ingredients used. Made with lots of fresh herbs, red onion, olive oil, and garlic and is a wonderful pairing to grilled meats and veggies.

It has a fresh tangy flavor due to the lemon juice and red wine vinegar. Although, you could make it spicy with additional red pepper, it is not inherently “punch you in the face” spicy.

You can brush it on meats before cooking or serve it as a side dish to cook meats. It is also really delish with grilled veggies or to toss veggies in before cooking. It would also be really good drizzled over my Instant Pot Peruvian Inspired Chicken and Rice.

Ingredients

Shopping list

  • mint
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • lemon

What other herbs can you use?

You can use a mix of parsley, mint, oregano, and cilantro. If you grow your own herbs, use what you have!

Pantry staples

  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • pepper

Top Tips

Don’t over process the chimichurri! Don’t blend it, you want to just pulse it until the herbs and onions are in small pieces.

Tips for picky eaters

Sauces are an easy way to help kids be more willing to try new things. Involving them in the process of making their own sauce removes the mystery and can help them be excited to try it themselves.

If you can, try growing your own herbs. It’s a good job for kids that doesn’t take up much space. It gives kids ownership and pride in being able to grow their own food.

For little kids, allow them to use kid scissors to snip the herbs. It’s a great chance to practice fine motor skills.

FAQ

Do you have to use a food processor to make chimichurri?

No! You do not need a food processor to make chimichurri. Finely chop the herbs, garlic, and onions, and then mix it all together.

How long does chimichurri last?

You can make this ahead of time or the night before to let the flavors meld. However, it’s best used within 7-10 days of being made.

Can you freeze chimichurri?

Yes! You can freeze chimichurri in an ice cube tray and store the chimichurri ice cubes in a Ziploc bag or freezer safe container.

How thaw chimichurri?

Remove as many cubes as you would like and place into a bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator over night. Do not heat!

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Recipe

processed chimichurri in the bowl of a food processor

Mint Chimichurri

This simple and fresh sauce from Argentina and Uruguay is a bright and tangy side for meats and veggies.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Argentine
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh mint
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup red onion chopped
  • 6 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a smooth texture.
  • Depending on your preference you may want to add more salt & pepper. Taste and see.
  • Serve with your favorite steak, chicken or fish, on tacos or use as a marinade.
  • ENJOY!

Notes

If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop all of the ingredients and mix together!
To freeze for later: pour into an ice cube tray and cover with plastic wrap. Once frozen, keep stored in a freezer safe container.
To thaw: place cubes into a bowl and allow to thaw overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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