Homemade Chili Powder (Using Dried Chiles)

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Homemade Chili Powder (Using Dried Chiles)

Prep Time: minutes
Cook Time: minutes
Yields: cup
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Ingredients

  • 10-12 large dried chile ancho
  • 6 dried chile guajillo
  • 6 dried chile de arbol
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
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Prepare your best pot of beef chili today, with this tasty homemade chili powder using dried chiles.

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.

Directions

  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chiles and discard.
  2. Preheat a skillet to medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. After a few minutes and in batches, toast the dried chiles. Using a metal, spatula, gently press the chiles to the hot surface for a few seconds at a time until they become slightly aromatic. Turn chiles over and repeat on other side.
  4. Once chiles are all done, set aside to cool completely.
  5. In that same skillet, toast the cumin seeds and oregano for one minute. Remove from heat.
  6. Tear the dried chiles into smaller pieces. Using a clean coffee grinder, add just enough chile pieces to loosely fill the grinder. Grind a few seconds at a time until it turns the chiles into powder.
  7. Repeat this process with all the toasted ingredients until complete. Mix all together and store in an airtight container in a cool place. It will keep for a longer period in the refrigerator.

Chef Notes


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.

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