Voted Best Indian Restaurant in Orange County!


We have Opened Hot-N-Chili in 2020 in Old Town San Clemente and things have taken off!
Amazingly quickly our Indian Food gave us 500 yelp reviews, 300 google reviews. At Hot-N-Chili we are all about you. We provide great ambiance, amazing homemade food and Indian hospitality.
Visit our restaurant with your entire family. Delight in our tender, juicy and flavorful foods. We look forward to seeing you.


New to San Clemente: Our Amazing Indian Buffet, We realized people really like eating a little of this and lot of that.

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    We at Hot-N-Chili are getting known to being Spice specialists. India is known for the amazing spices the world has traded for thousands of years. Please come visit us and discover the wonder of our Indian spices.

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    If you like exploring and learning about different cultures, you’ll enjoy the diverseness of Indian cuisine. If you haven’t tried Indian food yet, here’s your chance! Our dishes are absolutely packed with flavor from the variety of Indian Spices. Whether you’re looking at spicy dals or the yummy chicken tikka, there’s a lot to try and learn about. We even started a buffet to help customers try and learn what they like and fall in love with. Our Indian Buffet has a little bit for everyone.

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  • If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll easily find a large variety of meals available you won't find at other restaurants.

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Danny W.

In the cute little center of Old Town San a Clemente me and the fiancé run into this little gem.

The portions are huge, I had to split the chicken tikka masala and we were both full before being able to finish. Absolutely delicious, tender chicken and the mild sauce was just spicy enough to give great flavor without taking me out.

Sarvesh our server treated us like he was my new best friend, made sure we had everything, made sure the meal tasted great, including checking if the spice level was too much. He even dropped by and made a little small talk, very polite kid.

5 star service and 5 star food, we will be back for our next date night.

Front seating area


A truly wonderful experience. Made all the more so by Stella, who made our evening even more special. We feasted on regular and garlic naan, alu gobi, chicken tikka, saag paneer, and basmati rice, all perfectly spiced at a medium level, and ended with a wonderful gulab jaman in gajar halwa. A truly magnificent dinner. The restaurant is located in a very cute little grouping of establishments that deserve a more thorough visit (and another visit to try out the other offerings of this great restaurant). We WILL return! AAA+++ !

Shelley H.

First time trying Indian food is very impressed very unique the original taste and style. The server and the cook everyone was very very nice delightful atmosphere. Will go there again. Had their stuff cheese bread is delicious the rice is delicious the beef is delicious. Highly recommended to try it out

About Indian Food and it's Demographics

Hot-N-Chili Indian Restaurant is located in
Old Town San Clemente California.


Indian cuisine consists of a variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the diversity in soil, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

Chicken tikka masala is a dish consisting of roasted marinated chicken chunks (chicken tikka) in a spiced sauce. The sauce is usually creamy and orange-coloured. The dish was popularised by cooks from India living in Great Britain and is offered at restaurants around the world.

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked (usually using a tandoor) or tawa-fried flatbread, which is found in the cuisines mainly of Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Caribbean.

Beef Curry, Vindaloo or Vindalho is an Indian curry dish, originally from Goa. It is based on the Portuguese dish carne de vinha d'alhos.[1][2][3] It is known globally in its British Indian form as a staple of curry house and Indian restaurant menus and is often regarded as a fiery, spicy dish. The traditional recipe uses pork, but alternative versions have been prepared with beef, mutton, prawns, chicken, lamb, vegetables and tofu.

Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, an Indian state located along India's west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, bread, pork and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. Use of kokum and vinegar is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish

Beans In addition to corn, common beans (

Phaseolus vulgaris ) are a historical component of the Mexican diet. Genetic evidence indicates domestication occurred in Mesoamerica as well as South America. Common bean varieties and cultivars used in Mexican cuisine include the pinto bean and the black turtle bean. Beans and corn are deficient in different essential amino acids but complement each other. When eaten in combination, they provide a complete protein source.

karahi (/kəˈraɪ/; Assamese: কেৰাহী, romanized: kerahi, Bengali: কড়াই, romanized: koṛāi, Hindi: कड़ाही, romanized: kaṛāhī, Marathi: कढई, Nepali: करै, Urdu: کڑاہی, Persian: کرہ also kadai, kerahi, karai, kadhi, kadahi, kadhai sarai, or cheena chatti) is a type of thick, circular, and deep cooking pot(similar in shape to a wok) that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is used in Indian, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi/Bengali, Afghan, and Caribbean cuisines. Traditionally press-formed from mild steel sheets or made of wrought iron, a karahi resembles a wok with steeper sides.[citation needed] Today, they can be made of stainless steel, copper, and nonstick surfaces, both round and flat-bottomed, or of traditional materials. The word Karrahi emanates from Karah, a bigger version of wok traditionally used in the subcontinent for boiling milk and producing thick cream, that stems from the Persian word کرہ meaning circular.

Mango Lassi (pronounced [ləsːi]) is an Indian yogurt–based beverage with a smoothie-like consistency.[It has been called "the most popular and traditional yogurt-based drink" in India.It has also been described as the form in which yogurt "is most cherished and unbeatably popular in[...]Punjab," its "best-loved summer drink", and "the air conditioner of the Punjab.

Tandoori chicken is a dish made from chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and roasted in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. The dish is now popular worldwide. The modern form of the dish was popularized by the Moti Mahal restaurant in New Delhi, India in the late 1940s.

Goat Biryani-(/bɜːrˈjɑːni/) is a mixed rice dish most popular in South Asia. It is made with rice, some type of meat (chicken, beef, goat, lamb, prawn, or fish) and spices. To cater to vegetarians, in some cases, it is prepared by substituting vegetables for the meat.Sometimes eggs and/or potatoes are added

Dessert culture in Mexico did not develop until after the introduction of the Spanish to the area. There were foods which could be considered desserts by modern standards like chocolate, but they were consumed and used differently. With the introduction of Europeans and their food and culture to the region came sugar and with it, sweets. The range of desserts evolved and grew over time to include everything from churros to rice pudding, from cakes to fruit treats. Some of the desserts which historically are made in Mexico are fairly easy to make and can be produced in high quantity.

Samosa (/səˈmoʊsə/) is a fried South Asian[2] pastry with a savoury filling, including ingredients such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, meat, or fish. It may take different forms, including triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes, depending on the region.[3][4][5] Samosas are often accompanied by chutney, and have origins in medieval times or earlier.[3] Sweet versions are also made. Samosas are a popular entrée, appetizer, or snack in the cuisines of South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, East Africa and their South Asian diasporas

Frequently Asked Questions

The asking hat is better than the not knowing hat!

Is there additional parking?

YES, There is another parking lot on Miramar with more parking spaces than the main lot. When you look out the Miramar entrance you should see a sign that says Old Town Overflow Parking Lot.

Is Indian food healthy?

Yes, indian food is renowned for its vibrant flavors, aromatic spices, and diverse culinary traditions. It is important to consider each dishes nutritional facts and cooking methods.

What are some vegan food dishes?

yes, we offer lots of vegan dishes that are comforting and delicious.

Does Indian Food use plant-based ingredients?

YES, we incorporate various plant-based ingredients. These ingredients are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which is essential for maintaining good health .

Do you have 10Min parking for food pickups?

Yes we have two 10Min signed locations next to horse barn in the middle of the center. Stores sometimes have their own spaces they label during times of massive deliveries or pickups.

What is the most popular drink you serve?

Mango Lassi