Garlic Chili Oil

Garlic Chili Oil

This garlic chili oil recipe is my “copycat” version of Trader Joe’s classic Chili Onion Crunch. I wanted to make a quick homemade version and thus this recipe was born! I love the spicy flavors of this oil. It’s perfect for dipping crusty bread into, or adding a drizzle to soup!  I honestly could eat an entire loaf of bread with this stuff. It’s so addicting!

garlic chili oil with sliced bread
I love dipping fresh bread into the oil!

There are so many ways to use garlic chili oil. Grab a fresh loaf of bread to turn it into an appetizer. This bread dipping oil goes well with dishes such as cauliflower, roasted garlic & sun-dried tomato pasta, or arugula green pea pesto. Additionally, you can simply toss bread into the oil and bake it into croutons for soup or salads! Or add a dab to sauteed veggies for a bite of heat. The possibilities are endless!

garlic chili oil in a round dish
The dried garlic and onions add a nice crunch!

To make garlic chili oil:

This recipe is SO easy to make, and comes together in 5 minutes or less! I like to begin by measuring out my ingredients so they are ready to go! Start by toasting the dried minced onions, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes over low-medium until slightly toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Then add the toasted spices to a small jar, along with the paprika, salt and olive oil. Finally, mix until combined, and enjoy! It’s honestly so simple, but packed full of flavor.

garlic chili oil with sliced bread
Try swapping in smoked paprika for a smokey finish!

Drop a comment below when you make this recipe. Let me know how you use your oil! Did you use it as bread dipping oil or add it to your favorite sauteed veggies? This also makes a great small, but tasty gift for someone! For more recipes, make sure to follow Toshi’s Table on Pinterest and Instagram. Thanks for all the support and happy eating!

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garlic chili oil in a round dish

Garlic Chili Oil

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x


Garlic chili oil is spicy with a hint of sweetness. Drizzle it on soup or salad for a nice finish or use it as a dip for a fresh loaf of bread. 


  • 1 tbsp dried minced onions 
  • 1 tbsp dried minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Heat a small pan over low-medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the dried onions, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Toast the spices for 2-3 minutes while occasionally stirring to prevent burning. 
  2. Combine the paprika and salt in a small jar. Add the toasted dried onions, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Top if off with ¼ cup of olive oil, or until the spices are barely covered. Mix well until all spices are combined. Enjoy!


  • My favorite way to use this oil is for dipping fresh bread into it. I also enjoy adding this oil on top of soups, salad dressing or sauteed veggies. 
  • Swap in smoked paprika instead of regular, for slightly smokey flavor.

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