Red Chimichurri Sauce


My first encounter with green chimichurri sauce was just a few years ago. It was love at first taste, so I was immediately intrigued by this red chimichurri sauce recipe. It’s a Brazilian-inspired condiment that gets fiery flavor from smoked paprika, crushed red pepper and jalapeno. The recipe was originally created to pair with steak skewers, pork, or chicken. However, red chimichurri sauce is naturally plant-based. And it’s equally delicious with vegan meals that feature tofu, tempeh, or beans.

Red Chimichurri SauceThis Red Chimichurri Sauce recipe with photo was shared with us by McCormick

Special Diet Notes: Red Chimichurri Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Red Chimichurri Sauce
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Green chimichurri is the sauce we hear of most, but the lesser known red version is even more flavorful. This particular recipe is inspired by the spicy flavors of Brazil.
Serves: 12 servings (2 tablespoons each)
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed and cut into large pieces
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped onion
  • ½ cup packed cilantro leaves (can sub parsley, if preferred)
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor or blender, and process or pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Pour the sauce into an airtight container, and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before serving. This gives the flavors some time to meld.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. I’ve never had chimichurri sauce before and then I read the ingredients and I thought “I’d absolutely love this!” I love foods that have little kick to them.

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