Video:How to Make Chili Powderwith Lea Elleseff
Store-bought spices are convenient, but making them in your own kitchen brings a fresher flavor to your meals. Follow these steps for making chili powder at home so you can alter its spiciness.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make Chili PowderHi, my name is Lea Elleseff for About.com Food, and today we're going to make our very own chili powder. A good reason for making your own spices at home is because they'll be a lot fresher, and more delicious than the store bought variety.
Homemade Chili Powder IngredientsHere's what we'll need:
- 6 dried red peppers
- 6 dried arbol chili peppers
- 3 dried chipotle chilies
- 1 1/2 tbsp. cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. oregano
Alter the Chili Powder SpicinessThis recipe is going to get us a very hot chili powder, so if you'd like something milder replace the red chili peppers with the ancho or mulato chili peppers. And remember to wash your hands after handling the peppers because they are very hot and if you get them in your eyes or mouth it will really hurt.
Prepare the Chili PeppersFirst you'll need to prepare the peppers. Do this by cutting off the stem, slicing the peppers in half, and scraping out all of the seeds. You'll want to remove the seeds and stems because they are the spiciest parts of the pepper, and they won't grind very well.
Toast the Chili SeasoningNow toast the cumin and the pepper in a pan on low heat for about 5 minutes. Let everything cool completely after 5 minutes for 1 minute.
Grind the Chili PowderNow put the roasted ingredients, the garlic powder, and oregano in a spice mill or blender and grind the ingredients together until they form a fine powder. Now this delicious blend of spices is ready to be used in stews, chilies, beans, and other dishes that could stand a good kick in the pants.
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