Traditional Churrasco

Traditional churrasco skirt steak recipe

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
573 Calories
41g Fat
9g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 573
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 2446mg 106%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 42g
Calcium 79mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a great recipe for Brazilian-style skirt steak on skewers. Churrasco is a very popular food in South America and is the traditional Brazilian way to barbecue. And no wonder it's a favorite, as these strips of steak are sliced thin, and then grilled to absolute perfection. Tender, juicy steak that's dressed in a chimichurri sauce, consisting of olive oil, onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, with a touch of spices and herbs. Just delightful!

Churrasco is made from skirt steak, which comes from the section of the cow known as the beef plate primal cut. A very tasty cut of beef, yet it is known to be a tougher cut, as it has a lot of connective tissue

This recipe only takes a mere 30 minutes, from start to finish, so you can place it quickly on the table for eating, whether it be a weeknight or weekend meal. These delicious morsels are great served up with rice and grilled vegetables.


  • 2 pounds skirt steak
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for traditional churrasco skirt steak

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  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.​ 

    Preheat grill

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  3. Salt and pepper both sides of the steaks.

    Salt and pepper steak

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  4. Cut the steaks into 2-inch wide strips.

    Cut steak

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  5. Roll skirt steak strips into coils and place about 3 to 4 on large metal skewers.

    Skewer the steak

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  6. Place onto grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

    Steak on skewers

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  7. When the meat is cooked through (internal temperature between 155 to 165 F), remove from heat.

    cook meat

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  8. While the meat is resting, combine the salt, pepper, olive oil, onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, parsley, and oregano in a small dish.

    make the sauce

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  9. Pour over the skirt steak and serve with your choice of sides.

    Coat meat with sauce

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