Pasilla Chili Powder - A Fairly Mild, Yet
Flavourful Blend of Pasilla Peppers and Spices

You're going to need some dried pasilla peppers if you want to make authentic pasilla chili powder. Handily, they are easily available online nowadays for those folk who don't grow their own or have a local store that sells them...

...These are a gorgeous looking pepper, deep purple, almost black in colour with a rich flavour and mild to medium heat and typically 6 to 8 in (15 to 20 cm) in length. And for those who are interested in the heat rating, they measure 1000-3999 SHU on the Scoville scale. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Homemade Pasilla Chili Powder Recipe

Ingredients: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

3-4 dried pasilla peppers
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp allspice berries
2 tsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
2 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp ajwain seeds (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Chop the peppers into smallish pieces. Remove and discard any stems
  • Grind these pieces along with the allspice, salt, peppercorns, cumin, fenugreek, and if using, the ajwain seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Finally, stir in the turmeric, garlic and paprika powders

Store your pasilla powder in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: You can dry toast the pepper pieces, peppercorns, cumin, allspice and fenugreek seeds prior to grinding and combining with the other ingredients. The heat from the toasting really brings out the most fabulous flavours and aromas and is recommended. Click here for tips and photos on this. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note: I recommend using as many whole ingredients as you can when making this blend. However, if you don't have whole available you can simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts the recipe requires by half. For example, for 2 teaspoons of whole fenugreek seeds you would use 1 teaspoon of pre-ground fenugreek. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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