Jalapeño Infused Olive Oil

Adding spice to the everyday…

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.

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.

jalapeno infused olive oil

Jalapeño Infused Olive Oil

Delicious for cooking, in salads, or with bread
3.94 from 58 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Condiment
Servings 32 servings
Calories 12 kcal



  • 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.


Keep the seeds in when cooking for a spicier olive oil.


Calories: 12kcalFat: 1gPotassium: 6mgVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 3.1mg


Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on August 17, 2015.
    • Hi there – I don’t know what’s typically the oil base for a body cream. This is a culinary recipe – and can only attest to its use there.

    • Hi there – best to store any olive infusion in the fridge for the longest shelf life. There, they can last up to two months.

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