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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!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:11 pm
I was just thinking chili sounded good for dinner but you got me with the chili flavored popcorn. Yum!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:17 pm
Oh man, this blend is good!! If I do say so myself :)
Feb. 5, 2011 12:23 pm
I grow chilies every year but never really utilize them. You've inspired me to get with it this year and use them in my own spice blends!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:24 pm
You know, I had a huge amount this year too. I wish I had dried them. I even have a dehydrator. No excuses!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:38 pm
Wow - great blog and how nice that you found a new favorite!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:38 pm
Cool Kelly. Thank you! I just got a dehydrator (2 in fact) and had a bumper crop of peppers last year. I'm growing them again this year and now I know what I'm going to do to put that bad boy to use.
Feb. 5, 2011 12:48 pm
Thanks, for the great blog. Im off to make some chili spice, from a bag of dried chilis I've had for a year.
Feb. 5, 2011 1:28 pm
Great idea, thanks I'll have to give it a try.
Feb. 5, 2011 1:56 pm
That looks and sounds great! Thanks for sharing!
Feb. 5, 2011 4:58 pm
I just put in the last of my ground peppers from a year ago into my chili. Hope it tastes great. I just pulled up the pepper vines, hung them for a while, took off the dried peppers. Seeded them and ground them and stored in bottles and cooked with them all year! So easy and fun to know you are using your own product....
Feb. 6, 2011 2:35 pm
I often wondered if I could grind them with the coffee grinder. I was always afraid I would create a cloud of hot pepper dust. You have given me courage. Thanks for the sharing... and I just love, love, love your cardinals!
Feb. 8, 2011 7:15 am
Another great spice recipe!! I'm going to try it out. Thanks for sharing!
Feb. 28, 2011 10:15 am
Thanks for the post Scotdog! I am always looking to reduce sodium too and our bulk foods just changed vendors so the chili powder now has salt in it. I will make my own now thanks to you!
Feb. 28, 2011 10:16 am
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