This Spicy Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce with Jalapeños is a delicious addition to your chicken, steak, or cauliflower meal. With lime juice and smoked paprika, traditional chimichurri sauce gets a delicious upgrade! This easy Chimichurri recipe is a great way to impress your dinner guests!
You can dice/chop the ingredients for this recipe by hand, or just add them to a food processor or blender!
Dice cilantro and parsley leaves and sprigs finely. Dice shallots and jalapeños into very small pieces. If you're not wanting a lot of spice, you're welcome to omit the jalapeño pepper.
Add garlic, oil, crushed red pepper, oregano, paprika, and salt and pepper (the last two ingredients are optional). Add the juice of one lime, about 2T. If you'd like less fat and calories in your sauce, use less oil. It'll be a bit drier but delicious for topping your favorite dishes like grilled meat. If you're using the chimichurri sauce as a marinade, add more oil or add some chicken broth–chicken broth will help you marinate with less calories.
Mix together all of the ingredients, and allow to sit in the fridge or on the counter for an hour or so before using.