Mexican Chili Powder Recipe - A Mix of
Authentic Peppers and Spices

If you're making authentic Mexican chili powder then you're going to need authentic Mexican dried peppers. And how fiery (or not) you like your blends will determine what pepper you choose. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I use certain whole spices below. If you haven't them all, you can use pre-ground spices and reduce the quantity the recipe says by half. So for 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds you use 1 teaspoon of ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Mexican Chili Powder

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

1 cup of dried chilis (anchos, mulatos or habaneros)
2 tbsp sweet paprika (or regular)
1 tbsp onion powder
4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the stems from the peppers and chop into small pieces
  • Grind them along with the salt, peppercorns and cumin
  • Sieve into a bowl. Regrind any bits that don't sieve
  • Finally, stir in the paprika, garlic and onion powders

Store out of direct sunlight in an airtight container and in a cool place. Use within 3 months before making a fresh blend.

Note: For even more flavour you can dry toast the pepper pieces, cumin and peppercorns prior to grinding and combining. Click to read more about this. (Link opens in new window)

Image Links to Other Blends and Seasonings You May Enjoy

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Your Meaty Recipes

Red Chilli Powder With
Cayenne Peppers

Masala Range For 
Authentic Indian Food

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