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4 Ways to use Banhoek Chilli Oil

For many people, the Banhoek Chilli Oil (BCO) love affair starts when they drizzle it on their favourite pizza. But it’s as delicious as it is versatile, meaning you can add it to any dish – from savoury to sweet and anything in between. The only limit is your culinary imagination!

It’s up to you how you use BCO, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

DRIZZLE: A versatile condiment for every occasion  

BCO is as comfortable drizzled on a pizza as it is on oysters. It has a remarkable ability to enhance the flavour of any dish – without burning your tongue or overpowering the dish. Elevate your plating and enjoyment of your meal by delicately drizzling this rose-hued chili oil over a poached egg breakfast, a light sashimi lunch, a hearty truffle pasta and more! Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or follow Halaal or Kosher diets, BCO will be the subtle star of the show.

MARINADE: Adding layers of flavour

Add a depth of flavour to meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables by letting them soak up a BCO marinade. Oils are the perfect base for marinades, so all that’s left is to add in your favourite spices and aromatics, such as fresh herbs, citrus zest, garlic and soy sauce. Coat your meat or vegetables generously before roasting or grilling and marinate for at least three hours or preferably overnight to soak up the spicy goodness. The marinade will result in a dish that’s both tender and tantalising, while BCO pairs with the smokiness of the grill to impart a rich and complete flavour.

COOK: Infusing dishes with depth and complexity

The cooking uses of BCO are endless. Add a splash to your pan before you stir-fry your choice of protein or veggies, let it add a subtle heat note to a simmering pot of vegetable stew or a rich chicken noodle soup, toss it with quick-blanched veggies to add a burst of flavour, douse your prawns in BCO before frying them or even add them to your nana’s famous chocolate brownie recipe. The spicy complexity of BCO will infuse your ingredients with irresistible flavour, adding an unexpected layer of complexity and transforming a simple dish into a flavour-packed masterpiece.

SAUCE: The heartbeat of flavour

A sauce can turn any dish into a memorable one. Elevate sauces, dips and dressings with a dash of BCO and create a versatile symphony of flavours. Blend it into vinaigrettes to add a delightful heat to your salads, splash it into simmering pasta sauces to create a new flavour profile, and combine it with a dipping sauce that complements everything from crusty bread to succulent dumplings.

Whether you’re creating a Sunday family dinner, impressing your guests or cooking for one, let BCO be your culinary companion. With its consistent heat and high versatility, it opens up a delightful world of possibilities in the kitchen. Drizzle, marinate, cook or use it as a sauce – and elevate the simplest dish with the perfect bite of flavour.

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House of Coco Interviews Ken Kinsey-Quick

Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and hungry for success. Ken Kinsey-Quick, Founder of Banhoek Chilli Oil sat down with House of Coco to share his remarkable journey from the heart of the kitchen to conquering taste buds around the globe.

In this captivating article, you’ll discover:

  • Ken’s secret recipe for creating the perfect chili oil that has earned a following worldwide.
  • The challenges and triumphs of Banhoek Chilli Oil’s incredible rise to tables across the globe.
  • The entrepreneurial spirit that drove Ken to turn his passion into a thriving business.
  • Exclusive insights into the brand’s future plans and exciting new projects.

Tate buds tickled?

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Heritage Day Celebration

We are upgrading your braai day menu!

We love Heritage Day for so many reasons; another excuse to celebrate our rainbow nation and its many cultures in a meaningful way. ‘Braai Day’, as it has colloquially become known, is an initiative that was started by the media and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a few years back to unite us around a braai, as we celebrate and share.
Let’s get creative this 24th September, as we light our fires and celebrate our heritage together. We believe that our Chilli oil is a tantalising accompaniment to just about any dish with its ‘ perfect bite of flavour’.

For this Braai day, whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or follow Halaal and Kosher diets – BCO plans to spice up your menu. Cook along as we share our ‘BCO Star Ribeye’ recipe complete with home-made spicy BBQ sauce, or instead get creative with your own family favourites!

BCO Style Ribeye Revolve BBQ

1.2kg Ribeye Whole
10 x 10cm marrow bones cut length way
¼ C Banhoek Chilli Oil
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes

Mix all the spices and oil together and rub it all over the ribeye. Let the ribeye it stand upright and arrange the bones around it. Take the kitchen twine and tie it around the top and bottom of the bones. Use the pliers to tighten the wire.

On the Weber place a  metal tray directly underneath the meat – first 50 minutes the meat must be cooked using indirect heat with the lid. Do  not open the lid during this time.  After the 50 minutes remove the lid, add a handful of the shavings to the tray below the meat and smoke for a further 20 minutes.  Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. Cut the wire and the twine slice the meat to desired thickness and serve with BCO BBQ sauce and enjoy.


½ Onion sliced
15ml Oil
15ml Banhoek Chilli oil
125g Passata
1 tin chopped tomato
75ml red wine vinegar
15ml Brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 ml of crushed black pepper
5ml smoked paprika
2ml Chilli powder
75ml Orange juice
15ml Dijon mustard
3 Sprigs thyme
1 sprig rosemary

In a pot cook onions till transparent. Add the liquids, spices and herbs. Put heat on its lowest setting and cook till sauce thickens up. Remove from heat and leave to cool down. Blend the sauce to desired consistency.

Braai broodjie

8 slices white bread or bread of your choice
250g Cream cheese
½ c Chadder cheese
½ c Mozzarella cheese
100g butter
150g chopped Biltong
2 red onions
25ml brown sugar
25ml balsamic vinegar

Sauté the sliced onion with sugar and vinegar in a pan for 10 min on low heat or until your marmelade is thick and all the sugar has been dissolved.

Mix together all three cheeses . Spread the cheese mixture the bread, and top off with the biltong and onion marmelade. Close the sandwich and grill on the weber till toasted on both sides.

Warm Moroccan Salad with smokey green goddess dressing

1 Red Pepper (roasted)
1 Green pepper (roasted)
1 Yellow pepper (roasted)
1 Aubergine cut in roundels and grill on the weber
1 tin of chick peas
20g Fresh coriander
5g wild rocket

Mix the coriander and the rocket and place at the bottom of the plate. Remove the skin of the roasted peppers and cut in thick strips and place on top of the fresh leaves. Place the grilled aubergine on the salad, scatter the chickpeas and drizzle the dressing all over the salad and serve.

For the dressing

250ml  Yoghurt Smoked for 20 minutes on the weber and then leave to cool completely
¼ c Parsley roughly chopped
¼ c Coriander roughly chopped
¼ c Mint roughly chopped
¼ c Basil roughly chopped
Pinch of salt
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 10 seconds.

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Banhoek Chilli Oil supports local farmers and communities

Located in the beautiful Banhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, is Banhoek Chilli Oil (BCO) – a passionate and committed business that creates a product that adds flavour to life, exceeds expectations and is grounded by good principles. We pull this through in everything we do from sustainability initiatives and our commitment to empowering communities, to the care we place into our partnerships and collaborations.

Our community

South Africa has many social challenges, especially unemployment, which is currently sitting at 32.6%. At BCO, we work hard to uplift our valley by only hiring from the local community where possible. We believe that a person with a positive attitude has so much potential, and we are committed to teaching them the skills they need to succeed. Today, almost all our staff can walk to work, which is a huge benefit to them as reliable and affordable transport in the area is scarce.

In addition, we have partnered with a local farmer to institute an emerging farmer’s programme. BCO’s commitment is to buy all our chillies through the programme, which not only gives us gorgeous, locally grown chillies but also further improves employment in the local community.

Individually and as a responsible business, we’re dedicated to making our valley a better place, especially for our local community.

Our sustainability

We’re as passionate about supporting local business as we are about our planet. Every batch of BCO is handcrafted from locally sourced ingredients, making our chilli oil a fusion of flavour and eco-consciousness.

Through our emerging farmer’s programme, we use chillies that have been sun-dried (an energy-efficient process that reduces our carbon footprint) before being hand-crushed and paired with golden, GMO-free canola (rapeseed) oil which is sourced from the Overberg. This proximity not only ensures that we get the freshest ingredients but also aligns with our commitment to eco-conscious practices by minimising travel distance.

When it comes to practices in our factory, we believe in crafting with conscience. We minimise waste through meticulous processes, embrace green energy sources to power our operations, and recycle on-site to reduce our environmental footprint. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond just the ingredients we use – it’s ingrained in every facet of our production, ensuring that each bottle of BCO reflects our dedication to a greener future.

From seed to bottle, Banhoek Chilli Oil is a company that cares as much about the local community as it does about sustainable and ethical practices. As the roots of our endeavour delve deep into the Banhoek Valley, we uplift our community by creating employment opportunities and fostering skills, casting a ripple of empowerment. Simultaneously, every locally sourced ingredient that fills each bottle echoes our pledge to minimise our environmental impact. With each drop, our chili oil not only ignites flavours but also fuels a journey of positive change.

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Spice up your pantry and power up your immunity

Spice Up your pantry and power up your immunity

The chilly season is well and truly here and there’s still a few more cold snaps to be expected before we can look forward to the prospect of warmer weather! So, what better time to unleash the full potential of your winter pantry and strengthen your immune system to combat the flu and colds. To support your quest for optimal health and well-being, incorporating certain foods into your diet can have significant health benefits. There are a number of superfoods that can provide the necessary nutrients to boost your immunity during the colder months, some of which include:

  • Garlic – Prepare to wield the power of garlic, the flavorful powerhouse that packs a punch! Garlic not only adds a delicious kick to your dishes, but it also fights off winter invaders with its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Let garlic be your kitchen ally and keep those pesky bugs at bay!
  • Berries – Bursting with vitamins, berries are nature’s gift to supercharge your immune system and boost your body’s defences. Filled with antioxidants and essential nutrients, berries offer a scrumptious way to stay healthy and brighten up your winter days. Eat berries raw or add a handful to your smoothie or breakfast cereal to give your body an additional boost.
  • Onions – The bold and versatile guardians of good health, onions bring bold flavours and nutritional benefits to the table. With immune-enhancing quercetin and gut-friendly fibres, they add a tasty twist to your winter recipes and are a good base for soups, stews curries and everything else for that matter! Let onions be your trusty companions on your journey to wellness!
  • Chillies – Spice up your life and fight off the cold season with the fiery flavour of chillies. Not only do they bring the heat and warm you up, but they are known for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a playful kick to your winter dishes by using chopped fresh chillies in your cooking or drizzling chilli-infused oil on top of your dishes such as the innovative, flavour-packed Banhoek Chilli Oil made from locally grown chillies that are sun-dried, crushed, and infused into a hand-crafted oil that offers a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Ul-rick Mowers, Head Chef at the Banhoek Chilli Oil Taste Kitchen states: “As a chef, I believe that the true essence of cooking lies not only in crafting delicious dishes but also in using the power of food to nurture and protect our health. Embracing the winter season with immune-boosting superfoods enhances the flavours on our plates and strengthens our bodies from within so that we are better able to fight against common ailments.”

Keep these superfoods as your pantry staples and get ready to rock the winter season with a vibrant and invincible immune system!