Chili Lime Croutons Recipe


  • Bread: 1 loaf of crusty bread (day-old works great), cut into 1-inch cubes. Good options include sourdough, French bread, or ciabatta.
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Chili powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Lime zest: From 1-2 limes
  • Lime juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Dried oregano: 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon


  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss bread with oil and spices: In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, olive oil, chili powder, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together until the bread cubes are evenly coated.
  • Bake: Spread the seasoned bread cubes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the croutons are golden brown and crispy.
  • Cool: Let the croutons cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Store: Once cooled, store the croutons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


  • Bread choice: Use your favorite kind of bread, but a sturdy bread that won’t get too mushy works best. Feel free to use stale or leftover bread.
  • Customize the flavor: Experiment with additional spices like smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or cumin for different flavor profiles.
  • Serving suggestions: These chili lime croutons are great additions to salads, soups (especially tomato or chili-based soups), or enjoy them as a crunchy snack.


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