Make Your Own Chili Powder

Making your own chili powder is easy, allows you to get the right flavor and just the right degree of heat that you want. Always, always use precautions when handling hot peppers. If possible, wear gloves when handling hot peppers and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching hot peppers.
Do not scratch your eyes, nose, face or any other sensitive area of your bod

make your own chili
make your own chili

Dried Chili Pepper

 You can purchase bags of dried chilies at your local grocery store, Mexican grocery mart or specialty stores that sell spices. The bags of chili peppers are usually sold in the produce department. You can even order dried chilies online.

Dried chili peppers are very reasonably priced, in fact, they are usually pretty darn cheap! If you grow hot peppers and want to dry your own, read directions here: HomeGrown or Chili Pepper Madness

Chili Powder

The recipe below is a blend of spices to make chili powder seasoning blend. This recipe can be changed according to your personal taste and “heat” preference. You can grind the dried chili peppers and use the powder as is, without adding any other spices but Beware, it will be “Hot.”

make your own chili
make your own chili

Chili Powder


  • 6 to 8
    dried chilies, stem removed*
  • 3 tablespoons
    whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons
    garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon
    dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon

*Cut chilies into 1/2 inch pieces, if necessary.

Step 1:

  • Toast dried purchased peppers and cumin seeds..
  1. Put all of the dried chilies and cumin seeds in a medium cast iron or non-stick saute’ pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook, moving the pan constantly, until you begin to smell the cumin toasting, About 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
make your own chili

Step 2:
Once cool..

  1. Place the chilies, cumin and coriander seeds into a coffee grinder, spice grinder or mini food processor/chopper, that is used only for “hot” spices.
  2. Add the garlic powder and oregano. Process until the mixture turns into a powder. Be sure to wait a few minutes to let the dust settle, then pour into an airtight container to store for up to 6 months. Storing in the freezer helps to lengthen the storage time. Repeat process until all chilies are ground~
*I have a coffee grinder that I use ONLY for “hot” spices. I have it marked on the side with “Hot Spices” in black with a permanent marker.*

Recipe Notes:

Grind in batches, Don’t try to grind too many peppers at once. You might need to open a window when toasting the chilies and cumin seeds. After your done grinding the chilies and when you take off the cover of the grinder, be extremely careful, the smell will be strong!

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