Homemade Chili Powder (Using Dried Chiles)
- 10-12 large dried chile ancho
- 6 dried chile guajillo
- 6 dried chile de arbol
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
Dried chiles, such as chile ancho and guajillo, are staples of a Mexican kitchen. They can yield the most delicious sauce and chili powder that will take your favorite Mexican-inspired recipes to the next level. Preparing sauces is good, but there are times when storing can become an issue. So the next best thing is to prepare chili powder. Just three easy steps, and you will have some fresh ground chili powder to add to your next pot of beef chili. For best results, I would suggest investing in an inexpensive coffee bean grinder just for spices. It will take a little extra time to grind the ingredients in batches, but it's worth it to be able to enjoy freshly ground spices. And if you have never experienced the aroma of freshly ground spices, you will be amazed at the difference compared to store bought.
Anytime you have a recipe that calls for chile ancho, you could replace the dried peppers for a good quality chile ancho powder. Keep you fresh ground spices in a heavy plastic storage bag in the refrigerator. This will preserve the shelf life for a long time.