Autumn/Winter Essentials: Chili, Chili Spice Mix

Andy Anderson !


I use chili spice mixes in a lot of recipes; however, this is the mix that I like to use when making a nice pot of chili. And, as I pen these words, we are only a scant 2 days until Autumn.

It has heat, it as kick, but it will not bowl you over. It is a great spice mix with plenty of hearty flavor to keep you warm on those cold Autumn/Winter evenings.

When you make your favorite chili, and it calls for X number of tablespoons of chili powder, just substitute an equal amount of this recipe. You will not be sorry.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 4 oz
    dried pasilla chile’s
  • 4 oz
    dried guajillo chile’s
  • 3 oz
    dried ancho chile’s
  • 1 Tbsp
    smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp
    cumin powder
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    dehydrated onions
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder

  • 1 Tbsp
    masa harina

How to Make Autumn/Winter Essentials: Chili, Chili Spice Mix


  2. If you do not have access to dried chilies, you can always use the store-bought, pre-ground variety.

    However, Amazon does sell these items, and the mix will taste better if you use whole chilies and grind them yourself.
  3. If you want the mix to have deeper, richer flavor, after you stem and remove the seeds from the chili’s, place them in a hot dry pan for a bit. The heat will bring out more of the chili flavor.

    Or, you could put them in a 250f (120c) oven for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Cut the chilies open and remove the seeds and the stems.
  6. Add all of the ingredients to a spice, or really good blender (I use a Vitamix).
  7. Mix until a powder. Blend-Baby-Blend.
  8. Store in a glass jar with a good lid, in a cool dry place, as you would any other spices.
  10. Use in any recipe that calls for chili powder, but especially a nice pot of chili. Enjoy.
  11. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Autumn/Winter Essentials: Chili, Chili Spice Mix

Course/Dish: Seasoning Mixes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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