Italian Chili Oil (Olio Santo)

Simple Italian Chili Oil, a.k.a., Olio Santo or Olio di Peperoncino, is the super-easy condiment made by gently infusing olive oil with crushed red peppers and a little heat–in only 10 minutes!

It enhances whatever it touches with a bit of pure heat and light crunch. You’ll likely wonder why you haven’t been making this southern Italian staple all these years!


– Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Red Pepper Flakes


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir. Heat gently over medium-low heat until a very light simmer.


Reduce heat to low and simmer for only 3 to 5 minutes, while stirring regularly.


Let oil cool completely. Use a funnel to pour into clean, dry, airtight jars. Store in a cool, dark place and use within one to two months.


Before using, stir the chili flakes and oil together to distribute the heat of the oil evenly. That’s it!

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