How many times have you started a recipe, get half way through it, only to find that you don’t have a spice-blend that the recipe calls for? Spices such as Chili Powder or Cumin or Taco Seasoning Mix? Well, I say…make your own! For two reasons: 1) You can control the amount of any given spice in your homemade spice-blend and 2) There are no added chemicals such as silicone dioxide, which is a common ingredient added to most store bought blends to keep it “free flowing”.
Now…the control freak in me luv, luv, luvs #1. I like to know what’s in my food and I know what tastes I like. So, if I’m not enamored with a certain spice in a blend, then I’ll use less of it. Pepper? I’m going to use more of it. As for #2, I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have my spice clump up rather than eating silicone dioxide! If I pull out a jar and it’s not “free flowing”, well, damn…I just shake it. It’ll become free flowing. Trust me.
So, my 3-Chili Chili Powder actually does contain three types of chili peppers. If you look at the ingredient list on most store bought chili powders, the only pepper will be cayenne. The other ingredients far out weigh the chili peppers. Ummm…why call it “chili” powder? Give me some chili peppers in my chili powder! For this recipe, I used this as one of my peppers, which gives it a deliciously smoky component.
Now…the control freak in you (why did you just look behind you…I’m talking to you!) can adjust the amount of chili peppers in my recipe easily. I would recommend using at least 2 types of chilies and they don’t have to be the type I chose. There are many types out there…get creative!
Pour your 3-Chili Chili Powder into a jar (I normally save my empty spice jars just for this purpose), label it and store it where you put all your other spices.
Equipment I Use in My Kitchen
- spice grinder (actually is a coffee grinder I use for spices)
- coffee grinder (I use for coffee, but makes an excellent spice grinder and is my preference)
A homemade Chili Powder that actually has chili peppers in it!
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp dried Chipotle or Ancho Chili pepper
- 1 tsp dried Aleppo pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients into a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until it's a fine powder.
Place into a storage jar.
Makes about 1/4 cup of chili powder (approximately 4 Tablespoons)