Enjoy this zing with everything! Made in collaboration with L.A. Times Food, California Heat is a dry chili crisp (only spices, no oils!) that you can sprinkle on eggs, stir-fries, tofu, noodles or rice. Or make your own crunchy chili crisp by heating 1 Tbsp of this blend with 4 Tbsp neutral oil over low heat, until the oil bubbles. When cool, transfer to a sealed container and store in the fridge, and spoon over anything in need of big flavor and crunch!
Deputy food editor Betty Hallock with senior art director Brandon Ly, staff writer Stephanie Breijo, columnist Jenn Harris and general manager Laurie Ochoa worked together to develop the California Heat spice blend. Ochoa explains, “We worked with Burlap & Barrel to develop a spice blend that reflects the cuisines and cultures in Los Angeles. It brings together the heat of smoked chilis and acidic zing of citrus, with plenty of pepper and a hint of lemongrass, in a way that particularly meshes with the flavors of Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern cooking."
- California Heat Chili Oil
- California Heat Spicy Peanut Noodles
- Make your own crunchy chili crisp by heating 1 Tbsp of this blend with 4 Tbsp neutral oil over low heat, until the oil bubbles. When cool, transfer to a sealed container and store in the fridge, and spoon over anything in need of big flavor and crunch.
- Sprinkle over eggs, veggies, cooked proteins, rice, soups and stews
About L.A. Times Food
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