Homemade Chili Powder

Homemade Chili Powder

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Mark Perkins


I'm kinda picky with my chili powder, so I make my own. The store bought stuff is junk.

I always use dried peppers and spices for this that I powder myself in an electric coffee grinder that is dedicated for that purpose only.

I usually toast the chiles in a low oven until they smell great and are crisp but not burned. I remove seeds and stems. Get the chiles at WinCo or a place that has a good Mexican section.

If you can find Mexican oregano, use it. If you can't, just use the regular stuff.


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  • 5 Tbsp
    dried ground new mexico chiles
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried ground cayenne pepper (you can substitute de arbol, or japones, even piquins if you can find them)
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried pasilla or ancho chiles
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin (i toast these seeds in a skillet, careful not to burn and then grind them up - saves $ and tastes better)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    ground oregano

How to Make Homemade Chili Powder


  1. Mix all ingredients together. I usually make a large amount of this and keep it in a Tupperware container and use it throughout the season. Makes a wonderful bowl of chili, in addition to being used for my barbecue sauce. Try sprinkling some on popcorn, or put a pinch on top of a bowl of dip or deviled eggs before serving in place of paprika.

    Making this powder will save you money in the long run over buying the premade stale stuff in the supermarket spice aisle. That stuff usually has a fair amout of salt in it too. Why pay for salt?

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