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Chile Powder: Packed with Flavor

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Chile Powder

Chile Powder

Copyright 2008 Kevin D Weeks
For years I, like most people, bought my chile powder pre-mixed at the store. But I was never really happy with it because most such commercial powders contain things like cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and even sugar. It wasn't that I didn't want cumin in my chili, I did, but I preferred to control the amount. I also preferred fresh onions and garlic to powdered so I started my own chile powder. This recipe is fairly mild (I can always kick up the heat with some cayenne) and has a nice smoky flavor from the Chipotle chilies.* (Larger image.) Makes 1/4 - 1/2 cup.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 Ancho chiles
  • 3 Pasillo chiles
  • 2 Chipotle chiles


1. Stem chiles and break them up into small pieces.

2. Process them in one or two batches in a spice mill, coffee grinder, or small food processor.

*Note 1: The actual level of heat and quantity will vary from batch to batch because of differences in the peppers.

Note 2: The names of these chiles all refer to the dried forms. A chipotle is a dried jalapeno, an ancho is a dried poblano, and a pasillo is a dried chile negro.

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chili powder, Member jfrost4488

I mean to say wouldn't make again as written. I assume that the recipe for chili powder is calling for fresh chiles, though the writer didn't say. How do ground fresh chiles become powder?

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