Spice Essentials: 3-ingredient Chili Powder Base

Andy Anderson !


Autumn is here, and with it comes cooler weather (we actually had our first snow two weeks ago). Wonderful soups, stews, and big pots of chili are the order of the day.

The secret to a lot of these recipes is a good chili powder base. This recipe is extremely easy to make, and provides a deep flavorful base for many of your Autumn/Winter recipes.

Remember, this is just a base, once added, you can add other spices to your own personal tastes.

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


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 Tbsp
    cumin seeds, not powder
  • 2 large
    dried ancho chilies, seeds and stems removed
  • 2 large
    dried red chilies, seeds and stems removed

How to Make Spice Essentials: 3-ingredient Chili Powder Base


  2. If you want to give this spice mix a nice deep flavor, lightly toast the cumin seeds in a hot, dry pan before grinding.
  3. If you want to mix it up, try adding additional types of dried chilies… have fun with it.

    But do not add other spices, this is simply a base of chilies and cumin.
  4. To get these ingredients into a powder, you will need a good grinder. If you have a Vitamix, use it. That is one of the most powerful grinders I have ever seen.
  5. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Place the chilies and cumin seeds in a blender or spice grinder.
  7. Blend into a powder, and then reserve, in a tightly-sealed jar, in a cool, dry place until needed.
  8. Chef’s Note: You should wind up with about 4 tablespoons of chili powder, so if you want to make more, double, or triple the recipe.
  9. Add to any dish that requires chili powder. A nice big pot of chili comes to mind. Mmmmmm
  11. Always serve your meals with love. Enjoy.
  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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