Homemade Chili Powder
Feb. 5, 2011 12:07 pm
Updated: Feb. 28, 2011 10:16 am
I've had this bag of dried chilies sitting around since 7/09 (I just noticed the date in the pic). I haven't really known what to do with them. I've been wanting to make my own Chili Powder for a while now & it finally dawned on me (as I was researching
how) that I've had the resources all along!
Mine are Hot so I left out Cayenne is this recipe. If you don't, have hot you'll need to add Cayenne to taste. Next, I toasted them in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. Mine were already very dry so it didn't take long. If yours aren't very dry & brittle you
might have to toast them longer. Do watch that you don't burn though, I read this will make them bitter.
I then pulled the top off & shook out the seeds. They should be very brittle & dry.
I then tried to grind them in my mortar & pestle.
Wasn't working. I want this to be a very fine powder. I had to go find the coffee grinder.
That worked, but I wish I had toasted more chilies. Those 4 only made about a tablespoon of powder. To that I added about the same amount of California Paprika. I just happened to have it, use whatever good quality Paprika you have.
Next granulated Garlic. Love, love this stuff! But, I'm a garlic freak. You might just want to use your fine powder. I used about 1/2 T. Use less if you aren't big on garlic.
Cumin - another spice I love. I added 1/2 tablespoon. Again, if you don't love cumin, add less.
I also added 1 teaspoon of Coriander - I like it, but if you don't have any this would still be good without it. And, 1 teaspoon of Oregano.
Just a pinch or two of fine ground sea salt. Add more if you aren't on a low sodium diet like we are.
The finished product. It doesn't look like much, but this is a deep pestle. It's about 3 heaping Tablespoons of Chili Powder. Yum. I'm about to sprinkle some on popcorn just to see how it tastes.
Wow, delish! It has a bite, but not an overpowering one. These chilies also have a bit of a smoky flavor. Really good! Well, I'm off to enjoy it, hope you like my new seasoning mix!