If I could only buy one product from TJ’s, it would be this one.

By Ariel Klein
November 11, 2019
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Whenever I shop at Trader Joe’s, I instantly make a beeline for the “new products” section as if I’m a kid running into a toy store. With so many inventive and intriguing goods—from home essentials to provisions and beverages—you truly never know what TJ’s will think of next. And while I usually tend to like the majority of things I try, the new Chili Onion Crunch Oil has stolen my heart. In fact, I can’t imagine my life without it now. 

Picture this: a savory and spicy oil comprised of crispy onion and garlic, dried red bell pepper and chili flakes. I know, I know—it’s an award-winning combination. So, why didn’t anyone think of this genius product sooner? 

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The first time I tried the chili oil, I put a spoonful on a plate and dipped a piece of bread in it. From that initial bite, I fell madly in love. Simple yet flavorful, bold yet balanced, I believe this is hands down the best condiment TJ’s has ever created. I use it so frequently that I stopped putting it back into the pantry, and now it just lives on my counter next to the stove. 

This savory oil is not only tasty and delicious, but it’s beyond versatile. Elevate your sauces and dressings or add some to your pasta dishes and stir-frys. I’ve even used this oil on a fried chicken sandwich, ‘cause why not? And it tasted divine, by the way.  

Try it on pizza, in tacos or stir it into some hummus for an extra kick. My favorite cashier at Trader Joe’s suggested using the chili oil as a soy sauce alternative. She mentioned she adds it to her fried rice, noodle bowls, and even dips her dumplings into it. Pretty brilliant, eh? Another great offering is that this spicy oil is made with only real ingredients—no additives or preservatives to worry about. And unlike some other fancy condiments that could cost as much as $12, this miracle product is only $3.99 a jar, so you won’t even feel bad if you finish one per week.

All in all, I’d have to say that Trader Joe’s hit another home run with this new addition. I just hope that they don’t discontinue it because hearts will break. Especially mine.

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