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Chili Powder and Chili Seasoning Mix


Chili Powder Ingredients

  • 9-12 dried peppers - stemmed and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Chili Seasoning Mix Ingredients

  • *Equals one packet of chili seasoning
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder recipe above
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  1. Remove the stems of the peppers and most of the seeds.
  2. Place all of the peppers and the cumin into a medium nonstick pan and place over medium-high heat. Cook, moving the pan around constantly, until you begin to smell the cumin toasting, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside and cool completely.
  3. Once cool, place the peppers and cumin into a small food processor or blender. Add the garlic powder, oregano, and paprika. Process until a fine powder is formed. Allow the powder to settle for at least a minute before removing your lid.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. - makes approximately 3/4 cup.

For the Chili Powder

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork
  2. Store in an air tight container for up to 6 months. (yes, it's that easy!)

Recipe Notes

This is where strict following recipe lovers get frustrated. I don't put specific peppers here because it will depend on what you have available in your geographical area. Most standard recipes call for 3 ancho peppers (dried poblano peppers), 3 cascabel chiles - also known as the little bell, and 3 arbol chiles (or substitute cayenne peppers).
We use whatever we have in our garden that year but you can also buy a variety of dried chile peppers at a local or international market. The key is to have a variety of peppers that produce a variety of flavors and heat.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms