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Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filets with Chimichurri Sauce

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Bring the bold flavors of Argentina to your table tonight with this easy spice-rubbed beef tenderloin with chimichurri sauce—it’s impressive yet ready in just 30 minutes!

grilled beef tenderloin with chimichurri sauce

If you’re in the mood for a taste of Argentina tonight—and doesn’t that just sound perfect?—you’ll absolutely love this dish featuring spice-rubbed grilled beef tenderloin filets topped with chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is a vibrant green sauce that combines fresh herbs, olive oil, vinegar, and garlic—think of it as a cross between vinaigrette and pesto. For this version, I’ve chosen a fragrant mix of parsley, mint, and cilantro.

This recipe is wonderfully quick and easy. In about 30 minutes, you can have the whole meal ready to serve. As for the sides, I like to keep things simple with greens, corn on the cob (or a make-ahead corn salad), and some warm bread. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try my black bean salad with corn, red pepper and avocado—it’s a crowd-pleaser!”

“This recipe is my go-to entertaining meal. It is always a hit with our guests and often requested in advance!”


What You’ll Need To Make Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri

ingredients needed to make grilled beef tenderloin with chimichurri.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by making the spice rub. Combine the paprika, cumin, ground mustard, kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl.

spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

Mix until evenly combined.

blended spice rub in small bowl.

Make the sauce. In a blender, combine the shallot, garlic, olive oil, sherry wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and some of the herbs.

chimichurri sauce ingredients in blender.

Blend and add the remaining herbs in two separate additions until the sauce is almost smooth. Cover the sauce and refrigerate until ready to serve.

blended chimichurri sauce in blender.

When you’re ready to eat, drizzle the filets with olive oil and sprinkle generously with the spice rub.

steaks seasoned with spice rub.

Pat it down with your fingers so it sticks — it will be a thick coating. Grill the steaks over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.

grilling beef tenderloin steaks.

Serve the steaks with chimichurri sauce.

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filets with Chimichurri Sauce

Bring the bold flavors of Argentina to your table tonight with this easy spice-rubbed beef tenderloin with chimichurri sauce—it’s impressive yet ready in just 30 minutes!

Servings: 4
Total Time: 30 Minutes


For the Spice Rub

  • 1½ tablespoons paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons ground mustard (also called dry mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt

For the Chimichurri Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 2 small garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1½ cups stemmed fresh parsley
  • 1 cup stemmed fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup stemmed fresh mint

For the Beef

  • 4 (6-8 ounce) beef tenderloin filets (about 1-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


For the Spice Rub

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined.

For the Chimichurri Sauce

  1. Combine the olive oil, wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic cloves, shallot, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a third of the herbs in a blender; blend until almost smooth. Add the remaining herbs in two separate additions, puréeing until almost smooth after each addition. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

For the Beef

  1. Remove the tenderloin filets from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to high (about 600 degrees).
  2. Drizzle the filets with the olive oil and rub until evenly coated. Sprinkle the spice rub all over the filets and pat down with your hands so it sticks (the coating will be thick).
  3. Clean and oil the cooking grate. Place the filets on the grill and cook, covered, about 4 minutes, or until nicely browned and charred on the first side. Flip the steaks and cook 3-4 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter, tent with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve the filets with chimichurri sauce on the side.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 702
  • Fat: 59 g
  • Saturated fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 36 g
  • Sodium: 622 mg
  • Cholesterol: 145 mg

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  • Made this tonight for our family’s Sunday dinner and it was a HUGE hit! The combination of the spices on the filet plus the chimichurri was just perfect! This is definitely a keeper recipe! Thank you!

    • — CathyS on August 13, 2023
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  • Hi Jen looks awesome. I want to make the sauce ahead in the morning. Will adding the mint cause the sauce to brown by dinner time?

    • — Carol Beale on August 4, 2023
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    • Hi Carol, it will still taste great but will brown a little.

      • — Jenn on August 8, 2023
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