If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now, you’ll know that I normally stay away from ready-made meals (unless they’re on reduced), or ready-to cook or bake premixes as we prefer to cook all our meals from scratch. But the other day as I was doing my month-end shopping at Spar, this little box of Pakco Chilli Bite Mix on the shelf caught my eye…

PAKCO Chilli Bite Mix

Both my hubby and I love chilli bites, but as I’m never too sure of the right combination of spices to use to make the chilli bite batter, this is not something I would normally be able to make at home. So I picked up the of Pakco Chilli Bite Mix and thought, why not, we’re going to give this a try! It cost R15.00 and as the recipe at the back of the box said you only need to add water to whip up the batter, it certainly seemed good value for money.

Chilli bite

I couldn’t wait to give the Pakco Chilli Bite Mix a try so the first opportunity I got to whip up this easy snack, I did!

The preparation instructions at the back of the box had a few suggestions on what to add to the batter: chopped onion, coarsely chopped lettuce, watercress, chopped spinach or chopped shallots and for a stronger flavour, cayenne pepper or green chillies.

We decided to add some chopped spring onions, chopped spinach, crushed chillies and some cayenne pepper, as you can see in the photo, but I think this could be a very versatile batter and you could add just about any meat or vegetable combination to make it as interesting as you wish! I will certainly be experimenting in the future.


Whipping up the chilli bites batter was super easy and quick, and frying the chilli bites didn’t take long either. Just drop spoonfuls of the batter into fairly deep, but hot oil, and fry until golden brown. Remember to drain chilli bites on a paper towel to remove excess oil as they tend to absorb quite a bit of oil.

This batter yielded altogether just over 30 chilli bites which we thoroughly enjoyed, not only as lunch on the day but also as a quick snack in the next day or two.

The Pakco Chilli Bite Mix is definitely going to be on my shopping list from now on. I can add it to our monthly meal plans not only as a light and quick lunch, or an afternoon stack, but I think this could also be a lovely addition to party platters, if the need arises.

I will definitely keep an eye out for the Pakco Chilli Bite Mix if it comes on special, but even at R15.00 per packet (regular price, for now) I think it is very good value for money and I would heartily recommend it. Have you tried the PAKCO Chilli Bite mix yet?

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