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Chimichurri is an Argentine sauce that is usually served with grilled beef , such as a typical Argentine asado . Occasionally it is also used as a marinade for fish or poultry or as a sauce for the popular bratwurst on white bread (Choripán) .

Chimichurri is most widespread in Argentine cuisine and Uruguay , but it is also known in other Latin American countries, right up to Nicaragua . Similar is the Chilean pebre (probably an Anglicism after Pepper , pepper), which is not so finely chopped and can also contain coriander and tomatoes . The Mexican pico de gallo ("cock's bill") goes even further in the direction of a spicy tomato salad.


The main ingredients for chimichurri include chopped parsley , dried thyme and oregano , bay leaf , garlic , ají molido (dried chilli peppers), onions, salt and black pepper , which are finely pounded in a mortar. After that, they are mixed thoroughly with oil and vinegar until a thick emulsion forms, which should steep in a clear glass jar in a cool place for at least two weeks. A distinction is made between milder and sharper variants. The latter contain significantly more paprika and pepper. Ready-made chimichurri is also available in bottles. Concentrates in the dried state must be mixed with oil and vinegar.

Origin and Etymology

The preparation is based, like a large part of the Argentine food culture, on Spanish and Italian models.

However, the origin of the name is uncertain. Mostly an origin from English is assumed. The word is said to go back to the inventor of the sauce, an Irish named Jimmy McCurry, who allegedly accompanied Manuel Belgrano's troops during the wars of independence at the beginning of the 19th century.

Other, similar stories mention Jimmy Curry, or Jimmy Kerry, an English meat dealer who is said to have appreciated the sauce, or a Scot named James C. Hurray, who lived with Argentinian gauchos .

Occasionally the origin is suspected among the British prisoners of war after the English invasions of 1806 and 1807 in Buenos Aires . At first these could only break the Spanish and are said to be the ingredients for the grill with the words “Che! Me Curry! ” (For example:“ Friend! Me sauce! ”). On the other hand, Chimichurri is said to be the Spanish corruption of the English sentence “Give me the curry” (“Give me the sauce”).

Web links

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Individual evidence

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  2. Fresh herbal seasoning blend. In: Madalene Hill, Gwen Barclay: Herbs Jazz Up the Culinary Landscape. April / May 2006. From, accessed October 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Bob Kenly: The Argentine Connection. In: Rackelhanen - Flyfishing Magazine. July 28, 2005. From, accessed October 5, 2019.