This chili powder recipe is very easy and will last you for weeks and weeks in a closed container in a dark and dry place.
Chili powder is simply a combination of chilies, spices and herbs. It is used for making American chili, which is excellent comfort food. Authentic chili is made with only beef but many people add beans to it (chili con carne). I have a few recipes on this site for chili. A lot of them are vegetarian — vegan even. Make sure to search on the top right button for a variety of recipes.
Although chili powder is readily available in grocery stores in the US sometimes you can’t find it abroad. This is a great little recipe for those occasions or simply for when you want to make sure you know what is in your powder. I do use chipotle powder in this recipe, which is optional but will add a delicious spiciness to your final dish. If you do not use it you might want to add al little more cayenne to your mix, depending on how spicy you like your food.
This is what you need for this easy homemade chili powder recipe:
Makes about ½ cup of powder
2 TBS ground ancho chili or ground paprika
1 TBS of dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS ground cumin
½ tsp. cayenne*
2 tsp. chipotle powder (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Store in a closed container in a dry, dark place.
* If you are not using chipotle powder you can add more cayenne if you like your chili to be spicier.