Commercial chili powder is a blend of
various ground, dried chili peppers with seasonings such as garlic and
onion powder. It is fine for most traditional purposes, but for more
flavor, use pure chili powder, made only from dried, ground chili peppers.
Storing chili powder - place in a tightly
sealed jar in the refrigerator.
Making own chili powder - if you've run out
of commercial chili powder, here's a quick mix to get you by. 1 tablespoon
ground cumin, 1 teaspoon each of oregano, garlic powder and onion powder,
1/2 teaspoon each of ground red pepper and paprika and 1/4 teaspoon ground
allspice. Makes about 2 1/2 tablespoons.
To make pure chili powder - you can make
your own pure chili powder by pulverizing dried chili skins in a clean
coffee grinder. Clean any dust or dirt off the chilies. Break or slice
them open and remove the stems and seeds, then grind the skins. Avoid
breathing the dust that's produced by grinding.