Chili powder is a funny thing. It is called for in so many recipes. Taco seasoning, chili seasoning, and other dishes that require warmth.
It seems funny that those seasonings (basically spice blends) would require yet another spice blend added to it.
This got me thinking…what exactly is chili powder? Why can’t we just make it ourselves? Low and behold, we can. The beauty is that I can now adjust my chili powder to suit my taste and make my dishes even better.
Chili powder is not traditionally “spicey”, it is warm. For a long time I thought it was made from spicy chilis. It actually isn’t. It is just a blend of warm spices like cumin and paprika that builds warmth, but not heat.
This recipe will give you a great base chili powder. Adjust the seasoning to make it perfect for you. Then add it to recipes that call for chili powder.
Uses For Chili Powder
- Bean dishes
- I like to print recipe cards for my spice blends so they are handy. Here are free printables to help you do the same
- Learn more about how I store spices in My Spice Drawer
- Learn more about why you should make your own spice blends
Chili Powder Recipe
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- Since chili powder is often included in other recipes that contain salt, none is included in this recipe. If you are using it on its own, add salt to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Sweet Paprika
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 3/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Optional Cayenne Pepper