Categories Grocery Selection & Safe Products Ingredient Warnings Money Savers What’s in YOUR chili powder??? Post author By Completely Nourished Post date 01/22/2011 4 Comments on What’s in YOUR chili powder??? Check out this clip to learn what to look out for in store-bought chili powders… Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestEmailMoreRedditPrintTumblrLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Tags additives, chili, glutamate, msg, powder, preservatives, seasonings, spices By Completely Nourished Check out www.CompletelyNourished.com View Archive → ← Use caution when packing your lunch! → Meal planning saves the day! 4 replies on “What’s in YOUR chili powder???” One correction, Christie: The chili powder doesn’t “dissolve” into the chili; the particles are carried in suspension. This is true of nearly all ground and/or powdered herbs and spices. As to chili powder–I haven’t used “store-boughten” chili powder for over a decade. It’s just too easy to make your own. Cumin, oregano, garlic, etc.–all optional, and things you can add (to taste) when you’re making your chili. The essential ingredient is of course dried chiles. My long-time personal blend has been (by weight) 80% Fresnos, 10% serranos, 10% habaneros. Dry them whole, either in a dehydrator or simply string them with needle and thread and hang them up. Grind them to powder in an inexpensive electric coffee bean grinder. I make mine in two versions: One as described above; the other mixed 50% by volume smoked Spanish paprika. The paprika takes the edge off of the chiles and adds good, rich color to chili. One batch, stored in a cool, dark place, will last an amazingly long time because you will use it in much smaller quantities for each batch of chili. Warning! Be careful when working with chiles, and especially when/after grinding them. Do NOT touch sensitive membranes (lips, eyes) without cleaning your hands–use cooking oil to clean your hands. Better, use disposable gloves. Thanks! I’ll try your idea of drying the fresh peppers. […] 1/2 tsp chili powder […] […] water 3 (6oz.) cans tomato paste (choose brand that contains only “tomatoes”) 4 TBSP chili powder, to taste 2 tsp cumin, to taste 2 tsp sea salt, to taste ½ tsp black pepper, to taste Garlic […] Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.