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Cilantro Chile Bread Recipe

This bread is quite possibly the perfect alternative to garlic bread! The fresh chopped cilantro, garlic, and spice from the chili sauce create an absolutely mouth watering side dish. This bread pairs perfectly with all the proteins or served as an added bonus to a big crunchy salad! You will find yourself coming back to this recipe again and again!

four baguette of Cilantro chili bread on a sheet pan

This bread recipe is from my good friend Rebecca.  The first time I watched her make it I swooned, I love cilantro and the addition of chili sauce intrigued me.  I couldn’t wait to taste it.  Amazing! It was so good that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It’s the perfect addition to a summer grill out, different from the usual garlic bread, which don’t get me wrong I love me some regular ol’ garlic bread, but this bread is knock your socks off delicious. The fresh herbs and heat from the chili sauce and cayenne pepper give this bread an unexpected pop of flavor! You might want to make two loaves if you have some serious bread eaters in your family because Cilantro Chile Bread is going to fly right off the platter!

photo of ingredients needed for cilantro chili garlic bread on a round wood cutting board with a rust colored towel in background
  • baguette or loaf of Italian bread
  • butter
  • garlic
  • chili sauce
  • cilantro
  • chives
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cayenne pepper
  • black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

butter and grated garlic in sauce pan on stove top

Melt butter in small sauce pan over medium heat, add grated or finely minced garlic to to butter. Let cook until butter just starts to sizzle.

butter and garlic in sauce pan, chives, chili sauce, and cilantro on the side of the pan

Remove garlic and butter from stove top, let sit for a moment while you cut bread in half and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Add chopped chives, chopped cilantro, chili sauce, cayenne pepper, and black pepper to butter garlic mixture and mix to combine.

spooning cilantro chili sauce over baguettte

Spoon cilantro chili butter evenly over bread.

baguette with cilantro chili butter on it and parmesan being sprinkled on

Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over bread and bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes or until bread starts to brown on the edges and cheese melts.

finished cilantro chili garlic bread on parchment line baking sheet

We are celebrating Fathers Day this weekend. Here’s a Fathers Day Menu for your favorite dad!
Steak on the grill, with this sauce
Saute’d Mushrooms
Roasted Potatoes
Asparagus, if they have it at farmers market fresh
Cilantro Chile Bread
and for dessert pie or a fruit crisp

Alternate menu: Barbecue Grilled Pork Chops with peach salsa, asparagus, and Cilantro Chili Garlic Bread served with ice cream sundaes!

barbecue grilled pork chops with peach salsa  and cilantro chili garlic bread

I pray your Fathers Day is celebratory.  I know these Hallmark holidays can sometimes evoke emotions that don’t really call for celebration.   If that is the case for you I pray that you can find a way to enjoy the day and make it your own.  Surround yourself with encouraging lovely people, an make yourself some of this yummy bread!

Happy Father Day all you fathers!

Much Love, Sheila

finished cilantro chili garlic bread on parchment line baking sheet

Cilantro Chile Bread

Fresh cilantro, butter, chili and salty parmesan cheese make the perfect topping to this dinner bread.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 loaf Italian Bread
  • 1/2 cup Butter 1 stick
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Chives chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Chile Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese grated


  • In a small sauce pan melt butter, remove from heat add in all remaining ingredients (chives, cilantro, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chile sauce) except for the cheese. Whisk together until combined.
  • Cut loaf of Italian bread in half, spoon sauce over both sides of bread, sprinkle with cheese.
  • Toast bread in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Cut into sections and serve.
Keyword bread, cheese, chili, cilantro, garlic
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    1. Hello! I did have a nice relaxing weekend…now I’m making up for it, got meeself a little behind; ) Thanks for stopping in! xoxo Sheila

  1. I made this yesterday for our Father’s Day picnic. Our store didn’t have Italian bread on Saturday which annoyed me but I went ahead and purchased the sourdough bread and I still LOVED it. It was so tasty. Will definitely make this again!!

  2. You nailed it…meat & potatoes…they’re happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ This bread looks CRAZY GOOD!! Would it be inappropriate if we have cilantro bread and creamsicles for dinner?

  3. Lucky for me we have softball tournaments ALL WEEKEND LONG… so Pat’s getting a high-five instead! But I’m a HUGE cilantro fuh-reak so I pretty much know that I’ll be making this bread soon… for myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Oh yeah baby! I seriously was eating the cold leftovers of this last night….so bad, but so good! Have a great weekend!

  4. Oh my, this looks fabulous (except I’d def add in those other garlic cloves!)! Have a great time celebrating Father’s Day this weekend! We’re camping with a bunch of fam in SD, will be able to give my dad a squeeze, yay!

  5. So garlic bread on it’s own is worthy of every single WW point….. but this? You went over the top GirlFriend!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love cilantro and would never have thought to combine it with garlic bread. Can’t wait to try!!!