This chimichurri rojo, or red chimichurri, is a vibrant twist on the classic green sauce. The recipe combines roasted red bell peppers, tangy vinegar, and a hint of smokiness, creating a savory condiment perfect for grilled meats and more.

Looking for a delicious topping for your carne asada or shrimp skewers? Look no more, this chimichurri rojo is for you!

Chimichurri rojo, also known as red chimichurri, is a condiment made of red bell peppers, paprika, parsley or cilantro, garlic, vinegar, and lemon juice. Its taste is smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet, with a strong herbaceous hint.

Red chimichurri is a variation of the traditional green chimichurri. The main difference between the recipes lies in their color. The fabulous color comes from the addition of red ingredients like red bell peppers and paprika.

Just like the classic condiment, this version is irresistibly delicious! It goes well with grilled flank steak, grilled chicken, and even vegetables. It adds a burst of flavor and a pop of color to any dish, making it a favorite crowd-pleaser.

Red chimichurri rojo in a white bowl with some ingredients scattered around.

Ingredients

  • Bell peppers: Red bell peppers are the star of chimichurri rojo. You use canned or fresh.
  • Olive oil: Use good quality olive oil.
  • Fresh parsley: This adds a fresh herbaceous flavor to the sauce, you can substitute it with cilantro or add a combination of both.
  • Paprika: For color and a wonderful smoky touch. Use smoked paprika or choose hot paprika if you want your chimichurri rojo to be spicier.
  • Garlic: I used 6 small garlic cloves.
  • Chili pepper flakes: For spiciness, start with half a teaspoon and adjust with more if needed.
  • Lemon: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Vinegar: You can use white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or cider vinegar.
  • Salt & black pepper: For basic seasoning.
Chimichurri rojo ingredients on a kitchen countertop with names overlay.

How To Make Chimichurri Rojo

This is a visual overview of the steps to make this recipe. See the detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.

In a food processor or blender, add the red bell pepper, parsley, peeled garlic, paprika, chili flakes, freshly cracked pepper, and a good pinch of salt.

The ingredients for chimichurri rojo in a food processor before blending.

Pour the lemon juice and vinegar, then pulse or blend the ingredients until it becomes a chunky mixture.

Scrap the sides of the bowl and keep working the mixture in small intervals until it has your desired texture.

The chimichurri rojo condiment fully blended in a food processor.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and mix in the olive oil. Adjust salt and pepper to taste if needed.

Adding olive oil to the bowl with red chimichurri.

Allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before consuming it. This resting time helps the flavors to meld together.

Top Tips

  • I used canned fire-roasted peppers, but you can actually roast red bell peppers over an open flame, in the oven, or on a grill until the skin is blistered and charred, then use them in this recipe.
  • If you don’t want your condiment to become a smooth sauce, add the oil only after the ingredients are blended, so the oil won’t emulsify.
  • Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes and vinegar to suit your preference. Taste the condiment as you go and make sure it has the right level of tanginess and spiciness.
  • Decide on your desired consistency—whether you prefer a chunky or smooth sauce. Adjust the blending time accordingly to achieve the texture you like.

Ways to Serve Red Chimichurri

Red chimichurri pairs wonderfully with grilled or roasted meats, such as beef, chicken, or lamb. It also complements roasted vegetables and can be used as a dip, topping, or dressing for various dishes.

Here are my favorite dishes to pair this delicious condiment with…

Chimichurri rojo in a white bowl.

Storage

Chimichurri can be made in advance for your cookouts or just as a handy condiment to have for busy days. Also, making it in advance allows the flavors to meld together, enhancing its taste and making it more delicious.

Transfer it to an airtight container or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before serving, allow the condiment to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to restore and enhance the overall taste.

Can chimichurri be frozen?

Yes, chimichurri rojo can be frozen to extend its shelf life, it last up to 3-4 months in the freezer.

Just divide the condiment into smaller portions, based on your usage needs. You can use ice cube trays, resealable bags, or small airtight containers. Remember to add a label with the preparation date to keep track of freshness.

When you want to eat the chimichurri rojo, transfer the desired portion to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight.

FAQ

Where does red chimichurri come from?

Red chimichurri, as a variation of the traditional green chimichurri from Argentina, likely emerged from culinary experimentation and the desire to add additional flavors and colors to the original recipe.

Can chimichurri go bad?

Yes, chimichurri can go bad if it’s left sitting at room temperature for too long. The main factors that can cause the sauce to spoil are the presence of fresh ingredients, such as herbs, garlic, and lemon. So keep always the container in the fridge and ensure the mixture is slightly covered with oil.

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Chimichurri rojo recipe.

Chimichurri Rojo

2 cups
This chimichurri rojo, or red chimichurri, combines roasted red bell peppers, tangy vinegar, and a hint of smokiness, creating a savory condiment perfect for grilled meats and more.
prep 10 minutes
total 10 minutes

Equipment

  • food processor (or blender)

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups roasted red bell peppers
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup parsley (measured by packing it in a cup)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper flakes (read notes)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients, besides olive oil, in a food processor or blender.
  • Pulse until your desired texture. If you'd prefer a chunky texture, pulse just a few times. If you want a more paste-like consistency, make sure to blend longer and scrap the sides of the blender with a spatula.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer the red chimichurri to a bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and vinegar to suit your preference. Taste the condiment as you go and make sure it has the right level of tanginess and spiciness.
  • You can roast red bell peppers over an open flame, in the oven, or on a grill until the skin is blistered and charred, then use them in this recipe instead of canned peppers.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 40g | Sodium: 2040mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3438IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for a sauce to go along with our grilled chicken and I found this chimichurri recipe. We tried it last night and it was great! Everyone loved it and I will definitely make this again

  2. 5 stars
    The beautiful reddish hue instantly caught my eye, and the flavors did not disappoint. The roasted red bell peppers added a delightful sweetness to the sauce, while the smokiness from the peppers gave it a unique twist. The tangy kick from the vinegar perfectly balanced out the richness of the olive oil, and the garlic added that familiar savory note we love in chimichurri.

  3. 5 stars
    We enjoyed this chimichurri rojo with grilled flank steak, and it was an absolute match made in heaven. The sauce elevated the dish to a whole new level, and the spiciness was just right for our taste buds. It was so good that we couldn’t resist using it as a dip for some crusty bread on the side!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, I must say, chimichurri rojo has become a new favorite in our household! I decided to try this variation after seeing your recipe on facebook, and boy, was it a hit!

  5. 5 stars
    I saw you posted this recipe and since I had the ingredients at home (very easy pantry ingredients) decided to give it a try. It is delicious! We ate almost half of the batch with crusty bread because we couldn’t stop lol! My husband said it was the best sauce ever. It’s friday so we’re ordering pizza tonight, can’t wait to try this chimichurri with it.