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Chilli Cheese Toast is a classic Indian toastie made with green chilies, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cheese. This delicious toastie is the perfect snack for brunch or tea time.

Chilli Cheese Toast
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★★★★★
“This is my new favorite snack. It is simple yet full of flavor and an easy snack with a cup of tea or just for lunch. Even my hubby enjoys it.”
– Navi


I spent the early part of my childhood in Nigeria. One dish that takes me down memory lane with my sister is this Chilli Cheese Toast or as we would like to call it, “bread tamatar cheese onion” which translates to “bread tomatoes cheese onion”.



Chili Cheese Toast

I fondly remember my sister and I making this chili cheese toast. We would take turns beating the ingredients together until a creamy, cheesy filling would form. The sound of steel dishes clinking together still gives me a feeling of nostalgia.

Once done, spread the cheesy mixture on a slice of bread and bake it in the toaster oven until the cheese is gooey, melted, and slightly golden brown.

On days you don’t feel like cooking, make this Veg Chili Cheese Toast which makes a quick breakfast or an easy Indian snack. It’s perfect for tea time or as an evening snack. Enjoy this popular snack with ketchup or Ching’s Red Chili Sauce, and a cup of my Kadak Masala Chai. 🙂 

Cheese Toast Melted


Ingredients

  • Bread: For this recipe, I used white sourdough bread from Whole Foods bakery, however you really can use any bread you wish. For a healthier option, I’ve also tested this recipe with Ezekiel Bread which is sprouted whole wheat and the results were amazing! The recipe also works well with multigrain bread, whole wheat bread, brioche bread, and a french loaf.
  • Red Onion: Finely chop the red onions.
  • Tomatoes: Try and finely chop your tomatoes.
  • Green Chilies: Finely chop Indian/Thai green chilies, use more chilies if you wish.
  • Green Bell Pepper: For some crunch, bell peppers are delicious in this recipe. Again, finely chop the green bell peppers. Alternatively, you may also use red/orange/yellow bell pepper.
  • Whole Milk: For a creamy mixture, you will need to use whole milk. Reduced-fat milk works well too!
  • Cheese: I love using a Mexican Cheese Blend for this recipe, however Medium Cheddar, Pepper Jack Cheese, or Colby Cheese would all work well. Additionally, the Indian Amul Cheese would be great too.
  • Spices: Salt & Black Pepper. Make sure you season the veggies well.

How To Make Chilli Cheese Toast Recipe – Step by Step Instructions

1. Combine all the ingredients, except the bread, into a large mixing bowl.

2. Start mashing with a fork. This will take about 5 minutes.

Mix Cheese Veggies steps 1-2

3. Eventually the cheese mixture will form into a paste.

4. Take a slice of sourdough bread.

Chilli Cheese Mixture is Ready

5. Spread chili cheese mixture all over a slice of bread.

6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place bread slices into the toaster oven on a baking tray. Bake for 5-6 minutes until the toast is toasty and the cheese melts. Once done, you may use the toast setting for a toastier toast. Enjoy veggie toastie with ketchup or sweet & spicy chili sauce.

Spread Mixture on Bread

Expert Tips

✓ Chop the veggies for the best results. 
✓ Mash the veggie mixture until you have a creamy, paste-like consistency!
✓ Season well with salt and black pepper powder. The black pepper especially adds a unique flavor.
✓ For a spicy kick, add enough green chilies to your liking.


Serving Suggestions

✓ Serve Chili Cheese Toastie with Ching’s Red Chili Sauce or Maggi’s Hot & Sweet Tomato Chili Sauce.

✓ This toastie will also go well with tomato ketchup or Cilantro Chutney.

✓ A robust cup of Kadak Masala Chai is a must!


Substitutions

  • For Vegan: Use non-dairy milk and vegan cheese. A creamier cheese will work well.
  • For Gluten-free: Use gluten-free bread.
  • For Bread: You can use white sourdough bread, white sandwich bread, whole-wheat bread, Ezekiel sprouted whole-wheat bread, Multigrain bread, Italian loaf, or French bread.
  • For Cheese: I used Mexican Cheese Blend, however Medium Cheddar, Pepper Jack Cheese, or Colby Cheese would all work well. Additionally, the Indian Amul Cheese would be great too.
  • For Thai Green Chilies: If you can’t find Indian/Thai Green Chiilies, you may use Serrano chilies. Alternatively, you may also use jalapenos, however it won’t be as spicy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this recipe vegan?

No. This recipe is not vegan. For a vegan option – please see the Notes below in the recipe card.

2. Is this recipe gluten-free?

No. This recipe is not gluten-free. For a gluten-free option – please see the Notes below in the recipe card.

3. What cheese can I use besides Mexican Blend Cheese?

You may also use Medium Cheddar Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Gruyere Cheese, Colby Jack Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, or Amul Cheese.

4. What can I add to make the chili cheese toast spicier?

For spicier chili cheese toast, in addition to green chilies, you may also add red pepper flakes or red chilli powder.

5. Can I prep the cheese mixture in advance?

Yes. You can make the cheese mixture 2 days in advance. Place the mixture in an airtight container. Once you’re ready to make the toasties, If there is any liquid in the cheese mixture, simply drain it and then spread the mixture over the bread slice.

Crispy Chili Cheese Toast

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5 from 5 votes

Chilli Cheese Toast

By: Nisha
Chilli Cheese Toast is a classic Indian toastie made with green chilies, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cheese. This delicious toastie is the perfect snack for brunch or tea time
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mexican blend cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 3 slices sourdough bread, I love Whole Foods Fresh Bakery
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Instructions 

  • Combine all the ingredients, except the bread, into a large mixing bowl.
  • Start mashing with a fork. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Eventually the cheese mixture will form into a paste.
  • Take a slice of sourdough bread.
  • Spread chili cheese mixture all over a slice of bread.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place bread slices into the toaster oven on a baking tray. Bake for 5-6 minutes until the toast is toasty and the cheese melts. Once done, you may use the toast setting for a toastier toast. Enjoy veggie toastie with ketchup or sweet & spicy chili sauce.

Notes

  • For Vegan: Use non-dairy milk and vegan cheese. A creamier cheese will work well.
  • For Gluten-free: Use gluten-free bread.
  • For Bread: You can use white sourdough bread, white sandwich bread, whole-wheat bread, Ezekiel sprouted whole-wheat bread, Multigrain bread, Italian loaf, or French bread.
  • For Cheese: I used Mexican Cheese Blend, however Medium Cheddar, Pepper Jack Cheese, or Colby Cheese would all work well. Additionally, the Indian Amul Cheese would be great too.
  • For Thai Green Chilies: If you can’t find Indian/Thai Green Chiilies, you may use Serrano chilies. Alternatively, you may also use jalapenos, however it won’t be as spicy.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1040mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 427mg | Iron: 3mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast & Brunch, Sides & Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So delicious and filling! I had one toastie and fiance wanted the other one! We even had leftover filling and I used it in pasta. So delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite snack. It simple yet full of flavor and and easy snack with a cup of tea or just for lunch. Even my hubby enjoys it

    1. Thank you Navi. It’s the best snack, and it’s perfect with a cup of masala chai. The best. So glad you both enjoyed it. xoxo