Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil}

Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil} originates from the southern region of Calabria. Olio di peperoncino consists of 2 simple ingredients, pure top-quality authentic olive oil, and dried chili peppers. It’s delicious on pizza, Italian bread, bruschetta, and even pasta dishes.

Our family has made Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil} for years, so I have managed to perfect the easiest way to keep the Italian Chili Oil, without the fear of spoilage or the need to worry about preserving them by any canning or preservation methods.

How is that possible you ask?

By using dried chili peppers verses fresh peppers. A common method made by a few of the blogger’s recipes for Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil} circulating the web is simply using fresh chili peppers and an idea of allowing the peppers to sit for 3 weeks to mingle the flavors. I have to tell you with great sadness without preserving fresh chili peppers and then allowing to sit for 3 weeks it will be the start of a bacterial smorgasbord in your Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil} hence why the dried chili peppers are usually the safest route.

Before you get startedyou will need a few items, a pair of rubber gloves to keep the chili oils from burning your skin, sharp kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut your dried chili peppers, 1 sanitized large glass jar large enough to hold 6 cups of oil and 2 cups of dried red chilis or a few smaller jars that have been freshly cleaned and sanitized to store your Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil}

Olio di peperoncino {Italian Chili Oil}

  • 6  cups best quality authentic extra virgin olive oil such as Don Gioacchino Terra de’Donno
  • 2 cup of quality organic dried chili peppers and their seeds

Method

  1. Use a pair of sharp kitchen scissors to cut the stems off the chili peppers.
  2. Next cut the peppers into smaller sized pieces. Reserve all seeds that fall from the dried chili peppers to add to olive oil.
  3. Put the red chili peppers and their seeds into a fresh clean glass jar, then fill the glass jar with quality authentic olive oil such as Don Gioacchino Terra de’Donno olive oil.
  4. Wipe the edges of the sanitized glass jar clean before applying the lid and closing tightly.
  5. Store in a cool dark place for at least 3- 4 weeks to let the oil meld with the red chili peppers. It may take about a few weeks for the peppers to settle properly.
  6. Once a week lightly give the oil a few shakes to the bottle of oil and peppers. After a few weeks, the oil may change to slightly reddish color, this is perfectly normal.
  7. If properly stored in a cool dark place your oil may last up to 6 months.

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6 comments

  1. I enjoy making this. I’ve tried different dried chilis each time so far. I use it on good dark bread, with the cut up chilies as a snack. Hot pepper in your diet is very beneficial.

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