Post published on July 26, 2023 by vspiceroute

Last post modified on August 1, 2023 by vspiceroute

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Calabrian Chili Oil is an infused olive oil made with Calabrian chilis that is also called Olio de Peperoncino. We had this oil on our last trip to Italy and it elevated so many dishes. I love infused oils as it adds lot of flavor to food. As a spicy food lover, I had to remake the Calabrian Chili Oil. It tastes perfect when paired along breads,  added on sandwiches , pizza, pastas and so much more. 

How to make Calabrian Chili Oil?

In a bowl add all the dry ingredients such as dry chili flakes, Calabrian chilies and red chili powder and little bit of salt 

Heat the Olive oil to 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit so that it can speed up the infusion process 

Pour the olive oil over dry ingredients and stir it 

Store it in a glass jar or container and enjoy the chili oil in few days 

What is Calabrian Chili? 

Calabrian Chili are chili peppers grown in a region South of Italy called Calabria. They are medium spicy and adds a sweet, smoky and fruity flavor to dishes. These chilies are often added to Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, veggies and much more. 

Where can you find Calabrian Chilis?

You can find Calabrian chilies in most Italian store and I was able to find them on amazon. They are small size and it is best to use them dry to ensure that the moisture is all gone. 

Why make the Calabrian Chili oil at home? 

Calabrian chili oil is readily available at grocery stores. The readily available has added ingredients and chemicals that may not be good for health. It is extremely easy to make it at home and it lasts for few months. 

How to store the oil?

You can store it at room temperature for 2 months. It does not need to be refrigerated. 

Which Olive oil should you pick? 

I simply like to pick the olive oil that is not too strong. We like a mild – medium tasting extra virign olive oil as you do not want it to take over the taste of the chilies. Taste the olive oil before infusing it with the chilies.  Try to stick with extra virgin olive oil as it is the highest grade of olive oil. 

Calabrian Chili Oil | Italian Chili Oil

Infused olive oils taste so delicious with breads. Here is a quick recipe for Calabrian chili oil that can be made at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon dry chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoon Calabrian dry chilies
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • Salt as needed


  • In a bowl take the chili flakes, dry Calabrian chiles, salt and red chili powder
  • Heat the oil to to 250-275 degree Faranheit
  • Once the oil is hot, pour it over the chili mixture
  • Mix it well so it does not get burnt
  • Pour the chili oil in a glass container and store it in cool and dry place for 2 months
  • Use the chili oil after 3-4 days along with bread, on sandwiches, pizza, pasta and so much more
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Looking for something spicy to try, checkout the recipe for Schezwan chutney 

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