When you start eating healthier, one of the biggest challenges can be finding ways to dress up your food without adding junk ingredients. This easy chili infused olive oil definitely solves that problem!
My best advice for making your food taste great: Get familiar with seasonings.
Something simple, like this chili infused olive oil, can make all the difference and take an otherwise bland meal from “boooo” to “woo hoo!”
The other perk of something like an infused oil is the added healthy fats, which are the basis for good health! They’re necessary for long-term energy, brain health, and cellular health.
Extra virgin olive oil has been shown to have benefits to cardiovascular health, may reduce risk of certain cancers, and can also help to balance blood sugar.
With all your oils, make sure that you’re getting good, high-quality. Not all oils are created equal!
Poor quality oils or the wrong type of fats can create a lot of inflammation in your body—something we definitely don’t want.
Olive oil in particular is a really great source of mono- and saturated fat. But a lot of people have so many questions about it, particularly when it comes to cooking with it.
Olive oil only has a smoke point of about 320º, so it’s not the best for cooking and I recommend using it sparingly (ghee and avocado oil are good options for cooking at high heats). When you heat oil so its smoke point, it begins to lose all the health benefits it has and can even become harmful to consume.
But, olive oil is the winner for recipes like this where you won’t be cooking it at high heats and are looking for that distinct olive oil taste. It’s also how you’ll get the most benefits from olive oil.
This is specific chili infused olive oil is made with a pepper called “guajillo” chili (pronounced “wah-hee-yo”). Guajillos chiles have a sweet, fruity, tangy, smoky flavor that goes perfectly with anything savory.
You could definitely try different peppers or chiles with this recipe, or add a few more ingredients if you’re feeling creative and want to experiment! It’s a recipe that I brought back from a trip to Mexico that literally requires 2 ingredients. That means it is SO easy to make and can be ready to eat in an hour!
Make a bottle and keep it on hand for almost anything – grilled meat, potato salad, guacamole, hummus, grilled veggies…you name it, this oil can take anything to the next level of YUM.
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