How to Make Chili Powder - A Step-by-Step
Tutorial For Great Tasting Food

Once you know how to make chili powder you'll soon be rustling up your own concoctions in just minutes. And the beauty of it is you get to choose the heat that you prefer. Like it mild? Use mild peppers. Prefer it hotter? Hot, fiery chilis are called for. For this recipe I used birds eye peppers which are certainly fiery! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: When making chili spices, I tend to use whole spices where I can. However, you may not have them all. If not, simply use pre-ground powders instead and cut down on the amounts the recipe says by half. So, if it says 2 tablespoons cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of cumin powder and stir in with any other powders.

Homemade Chili Powder Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)

Half a cup of dried peppers (hot or mild)
OR 6 tbsp chili flakes
2 tbsp cumin seeds 
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • If you used whole, remove the stems from the peppers and chop into small pieces
  • Finely grind these pieces (or flakes) with the peppercorns, cloves, cumin and salt
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the garlic powder
  • Finally, crumble in the oregano and combine thoroughly

Store out of direct sunlight in an airtight jar. Use within 3 months.

Note: If you really want to make your chili powder stand out, you could dry toast the whole ingredients before grinding. This is easy to do and recommended. Click to read more about this. (Link opens in new window)

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