Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
Only I didn’t have chili powder.
I haven’t bought chili powder in ages because I had bought some at a bulk foods store and it seemed like it would never run out. But it did, and I had no desire to go outside in freezing cold and snowy weather just to get chili powder.
Nope. Unless the house is on fire, I’m not going outside. I’m fully embracing my inner hermit this winter.
Making your own chili powder is unbelievably easy!
I thought chili powder was one of those ingredients you can’t just make easily, like garlic powder or onion powder…and since I don’t have a dehydrator or even knew what the right kind of chilis would be, I figured I was out of luck.
Amazingly, there is more to chili powder than meets the eye. It’s a complex spice, deep and filled with mystery.
Until you get on the internet, and there you will find just what is in chili powder. Interestingly, I learned that one of the ingredients in chili powder is paprika, which is actually a pepper. If I hadn’t researched how to make homemade chili powder, I would have probably just dehydrated some chilis and ground them up (and probably would have been disappointed). I love the internet!
You don’t need to scour the internet though, I’ve put the recipe for homemade chili powder here for you.
Fair warning, it is spicier than what I usually buy at the store, but that’s OK – I’ll just use less and it will last longer.
Don’t let that frighten you – when YOU make it, you can control the ingredients. I really liked this homemade chili powder much more than the store bought, it just has more depth of flavor. And, it was super easy to make – always a big plus in my book!
You can easily mix this up in a bowl, but I love to use my mortar and pestle any chance I get. Whatever vessel you choose, simply add your ingredients…
Mix it up well. I did want to kind of grind up the oregano…it’s a texture thing for me. You could easily process this in a food processor too.
I decided to throw in a secret ingredient…can you guess what it is?
That’s all there is to it! Just mix it up and store your homemade chili powder in an airtight container. I like to reuse spice bottles as much as possible, especially if they’re glass.
You can easily make this homemade chili powder spicier or less so to suit your taste.
I love making my own spice blends for just that reason. You may find that you need to use less overall, not because of the spice factor, but because it is so flavorful. When using this in a recipe for the first few times, I recommend using a small amount at first and tasting until you get it to taste like you’d like, then make a note of how much you used for future reference.
- 3 Tbs paprika
- 2 Tbs oregano
- 1 Tbs ground cumin (toast whole seeds before grinding if you can!)
- 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper (or more if desired)
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, or use a mortar and pestle or food processor
- Store in an airtight container
- Makes approximately 7 Tbs
I loved this homemade chili powder so much, I will never buy it from the store again. It really is so flavorful! And since it’s made with ingredients I always have on hand, there’s no excuse not to make it myself.
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