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Sliced churrasco served with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.

Churrasco with Chimichurri

This churrasco recipe is marinated skirt steak that is grilled to tender perfection, then topped with a fresh and flavorful chimichurri sauce. An easy dinner option that's quick enough for a busy weeknight, but elegant enough to serve to company.
Course Main
Cuisine South American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 466kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the churrasco

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pounds skirt steak

For the chimichurri sauce

  • 2 tablespoons shallot minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh red chili minced, such as jalapeno or fresno chili
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the churrasco

  • Place the olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the steak to the bowl and spoon the marinade over the top. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or up to 8 hours.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade, scraping off any larger pieces. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • Place the meat on the grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until desired level of doneness is reached.
  • Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain.

For the chimichurri sauce

  • Place all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Spoon the chimichurri sauce over the steak, then serve.



  1. I like to cook my steak to medium which means it's light pink in the center.
  2. If you can't find a red chili pepper, feel free to substitute a green one instead.


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3mg