I recommend everyone makes their own homemade chili con carne seasoning! And this simple recipe is perfect if you've never tried making one before. Using a mix of dried peppers (or flakes) and a few spices and herbs, it can be made in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
Note: If you have them available, use whole spices for this chili con carne blend. If it is more convenient you can substitute with pre-ground powders and just halve the quantities. For example, 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds equal about 1 tablespoon of ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.
What You'll Need: (makes about 1 cup)
Note: If you don't have peppers or flakes, use 3 tablespoons of a plain commercial chili powder and stir in with the other powders.
Dried chili peppers (6-8 if large - 12-15 if small)
OR 5 tbsp flakes
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried marjoram
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp garlic powder
tbsp dried chervil
4 tsp dried basil
4 tsp paprika
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your chili seasoning in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use it within 3 months before making a fresh blend.
Note: You could lightly toast your peppercorns, cumin seeds and dried peppers before grinding. This toasting greatly releases their flavour, essential oils, and powerful aromas.
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