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How to Make Croutons

    Homemade croutons are quickly tossed in chipotle sauce then baked to crunchy perfection. Ready in minutes, you’ll never buy store bought croutons again!

    Homemade Baked Croutons - The Lemon Bowl

    We made it to day five, friends! These crunchy and addictive croutons are the final recipe of the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge. Be sure to check out the first four recipes of the series: Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts, Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella, Spicy Chicken and Fennel Meatballs and Baked Chicken Wings with Honey Chipotle Glaze.

    These croutons are inspired by a recent playdate at my dear friend Mimi’s house. She is a busy mom of three little ones under the age of 5 and she is a master in the kitchen. I can’t even remember what we enjoyed for lunch that day because I was too distracted and in awe of the fact that she made homemade croutons for our casual lunch with 7 kids under 5.

    Smoky Chipotle Tabasco Croutons - The Lemon Bowl

    Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, they were absolute perfection. When I saw the list of ingredients for the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Challenge I knew right away I would need to make homemade croutons in honor of Mimi.

    Chipotle Chiabatta Croutons - The Lemon Bowl

    Smoky, salty, savory bites of goodness, these croutons are the perfect addition to any salad or even a cozy bowl of tomato bisque. Are they the healthiest snack on earth? No. But no matter what, whenever you cook at home you are able to control the quality of ingredients and the amount of salt and oil which is always going to end up more nutritious than anything out of a box or at a restaurant.

    This one’s for you Mimi! No forks required.

    Chipotle Chiabatta Croutons - The Lemon Bowl

    How to Make Croutons

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    Homemade croutons are quickly tossed in chipotle sauce then baked to crunchy perfection. Ready in minutes, you’ll never buy store bought croutons again!
    PREP: 5 mins
    COOK: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 20 mins
    Servings: 4 cups



    • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
    • Slice bread into bite-sized cubes and place into a large bowl.
    • Drizzle bread cubes with olive oil, Tabasco chipotle sauce, salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat all bread cubes.
    • Spread cubes in a single layer on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.


    Nutrition based off 14 ounce loaf bread.


    Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 14.4gProtein: 2.8gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 322mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.3g

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    1. These look amazing – what a great idea to toss them in Tabasco first! I make homemade croutons all the time but have never thought to make them spicy. Love it!

    2. I can’t remember the last time I had croutons at home. Although I do remember that at one time I kept boxes of them in my pantry, and couldn’t eat salad without them. Maybe it’s time to have croutons again? I really like the idea of these.

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