Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe’s Copycat Recipe

So I guess I should start off this post by saying that this is a copycat recipe: I took a look at the ingredients of one of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds, sourced some of the ingredients, then put my own personal spin on it. I absolutely love garlic in virtually any form so I added garlic to the mix and was truly inspired by the result.

ingredients for Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe's Copycat Recipe

Something to note specifically about this recipe is the time needed, not the time you’ll need to set aside to actually prepare this but what will be needed for the flavors to actually meld together. This is one of those things that gets better as it ages. I let mine sit for 2 whole weeks before I actually tasted it and was blown away!!! All you really need is a few days but you will find that this only gets better with time.

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The possibilities are limitless here as you can use this mixture to accompany a variety of different sauces, meats, soups, breads, and many other things. Imagine making a homemade pizza and stirring some of this into your pasta sauce, talk about a way to elevate something already magical.

AN IMPORTANT TIDBIT: You’ll want layers of flavor, especially in this sauce. To achieve this, it’ll be important to toast the minced onion ever so slightly…this will really help develop the flavors.

pulverized dry spices Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe's Copycat Recipe
dry spices Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe's Copycat Recipe

This particular recipe packs a bit of a’s a bit spicy!!! If you’re sensitive to a little heat, you will definitely want to start off with 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes, then wait a few days before tasting to see if the flavor has intensified to your liking.

Enjoy this Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe’s Copycat Recipe!

Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe's Copycat Recipe
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Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe's Copycat Recipe

Chili-Garlic Onion Crunch-Trader Joe’s Copycat Recipe

  • Author: Handy Chef
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


A copycat to Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch, this is a spin on the original with a few different flavors.



3/4 cup light olive oil (or other lightly flavored oil)

3 tablespoons dried toasted minced onion

3 tablespoons dried minced garlic

2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons smoked paprika


  1. Toast minced onion. Combine all ingredients. Let sit for a few days before enjoying


This is a bit spicy, if you are sensitive to spice, use 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes and let sit a couple days, taste, then add more red pepper flakes if desired.

  1. GAL says:

    This is spot on! No need for Trader Joes anymore. Thank you!

  2. […] This ingredient is one that can be made ahead of time. It includes a mixture of spices, onions, and garlic and can be used on so many different things. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy this oil is on top of bread, eggs, and with salmon to name a few. It is something that can be kept in the pantry for months for use on whatever you’d like. Get the full recipe here […]

  3. Gioia says:

    I’m in Hong Kong and can’t buy it here. I google it from time to time in hopes that a miraculous route to HK should appear. However, today your recipe appeared! I can’t wait to get to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients, all which wil be easily sourced here. Thank you!

  4. Brittney says:

    I made this, and its super delicious and flavourful! I think the only thing I would do is reduce the amount of salt. Thanks for the delicious recipe! Signed – a Canadian that does not have Trader Joes!

  5. Sharon says:

    Yummy ? my kind of snack.


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