Jalapeño Infused Olive Oil

Infusing olive oil with jalapeños is an excellent way to bring spice to everyday dishes. Use it for cooking or as a salad topper. Or simply pour some into a dipping dish and pair with your favorite bread and vegetables. It has a very eatable spiciness that makes this oil very versatile.

jalapeno infused olive oil
Jalapeño-infused olive oil

If you’re a gardener with a surplus of chilies around, keep this recipe at hand. Jalapeño infused olive oil is one of our favorite ways to use extra chilies at season’s end. You can then enjoy that chili pepper heat all winter long. It also makes a terrific homemade spicy food gift come the holiday season. Just package it up in a fancy bottle and voila!

Other chilies are also easily used in this recipe, so feel free to swap in milder or hotter chili peppers as you desire. Serrano peppers are a great step up here, with a similar flavor profile to the jalapeño. Or you can substitute habanero peppers for something much, much spicier.

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jalapeno infused olive oil

Jalapeño Infused Olive Oil

Delicious for cooking, in salads, or with bread
3.95 from 85 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 32 servings
Calories 12 kcal


  • 6 jalapeño peppers destemmed, seeded, and sliced in half
  • 2 cups olive oil


  • In a sauce pan, heat 1 cup of the olive oil over medium, then add in the jalapeño halves. Let them simmer in the oil over medium for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the remaining oil and reduce the heat to low. Continue stirring for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover, and allow the oil to rest and cool for 1 hour.
  • Strain the oil into a bottle or jar to remove the jalapeño pepper halves and seeds.


Calories: 12kcalFat: 1gPotassium: 6mgVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 3.1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on December 17, 2023 to include new content.
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Tony G

5 stars
This is so good! Great to add a little spice to your cooking. I keep it refrigerated, spread a little on hamburger buns before toasting to take a burger to another level.

I now make this regularly and use it in all sorts of cooking.


5 stars
Can I use canola oil as a substitute?


5 stars
Can you use this oil in body cream for pain relief


5 stars
Loved this when frying potatoes! Use instead of butter when making quesadillas.


How should this be stored?