Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch Copycat Recipe Will Make Your Life Better by Donna John

Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch Copycat Recipe Will Make Your Life Better

Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch is one of my favorite condiments. I've used it on Asian dumplings, egg rolls, spring rolls, chickenpork and have stirred it into rice noodles and fried rice. One day I thought, what if they stop selling it? Hmm. The solution was this easy chili onion crunch copycat recipe.

Store this spicy chili onion crunch in the pantry, not the refrigerator, because it will harden if it gets cold. Not sure how to use this spicy condiment? Here are 30 ways to use Trader Joe's Chili Onion Crunch.

Cuisine: American / Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons dehydrated minced onions or dehydrated minced toasted onion (or a combination)
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced bell pepper (you could omit this and add more dehydrated onion and garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a small saucepot, heat the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes and paprika. Cook over very low heat, stirring, for about 1 or 2 minutes or until it is fragrant.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients into a small mason jar. Pour in the infused oil and stir to combine.

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, so delish. Such a great idea to make your own, Donna John !
I'm in love with Trader Joe's...

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