Ive found that using half as much ground red pepper as crushed is easier to use but the flavors are rather good. There are people that do not like it or do not think it has flavor or has too much flavor. This is because of the brand of chili powder used. I personally prefer the types that are a bit closer to red due to the flavor being less cuminy. If you use a weak chili powder it will be bland. if you use a darker chili powder it will be more cuminy. So pretty much all I am saying is to be sure to use a chili powder you like since 1/3 of this entire seasoning is made of chili powder. I also strongly recommend using ground red pepper since it more consistent in heat, just use 1/8 tsp instead of 1/4. I say this because my most recent crushed red pepper is way hotter than any other i have ever bought. And if I used it this would be inedible to most. Using ground red pepper and a redder chili powder my wife, who does not like things too spicy could eat it no problems as could my 3 year old son. I find it slightly spicier than store bought. But with a decent flavor that i had to mix 2 brands of store bought to get before. I've made this at least 6 times so far. A last note, please do not use 10 year old spices and complain that a spice mix has no flavor.
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Ive found that using half as much ground red pepper as crushed is easier to use but the...