Chili Powder Recipe - An All-Purpose Mix
of Dried Peppers and Spices

If you've never tried a homemade chili powder recipe I recommend you have a go. It's so simple, and the flavours and aromas it adds to your home cooking are superb! It can be as easy as buying some dried peppers or flakes and just grinding them, or using the recipe below to add herbs and spices to create something special. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For the best flavours when making your powders, seasonings and blends, I recommend using whole spices. If you don't have them all available, just use pre-ground powders but halve the quantities. For example, 3 tablespoons of cumin seeds equals approx 4 teaspoons of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Chili Powder Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 1 cup)

1 cup of whole dried peppers (any variety)
OR 10 tbsp flakes
3 tbsp smoked paprika (or regular)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp onion flakes
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp garlic flakes
4 tsp black peppercorns
1 x 3 inch piece cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick and chop the peppers if they're a large variety
  • Grind the cinnamon pieces along with the  salt, peppercorns, cumin seeds, peppers/flakes and onion and garlic flakes
  • Sieve the just ground ingredients into a bowl
  • Add the paprika and mix everything together
  • Finally, crumble in the thyme and oregano and give another stir

Note: For this recipe you can lightly toast the peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding with the other whole ingredients. Click to read more on toasting and grinding(Link opens in new window)

Store this chili powder in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3-6 months.

Here is a slideshow of how I made this blend...

Links to Other Spice Mixes and Blends to Try

Chili Seasoning - Easy-to-
Make and Will Add Fab
Taste and Aromas

A Smoky Chipotle Chili Mix
Made With Authentic
Chipotle Pepprs

A Collection of Dry 
Rub Recipes For Fab
Grilling and Frying

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