California Chili Powder - An Authentic Blend of
Mild Anaheim Peppers, Spices and Herbs

If you want authentic California chili powder, you're going to need California peppers (Anaheim chilis). And if you don't grow your own, or know of a place to buy them, you can buy them dried online pretty easily. This is a mild powder so if you're not into too much heat, this is the one for you. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Homemade California Chili Powder

What You'll Need: (makes about 6-7 tablespoons)

8-10 California peppers (dried)
1 tbsp cumin seeds 
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried parsley
4 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black peppercorns
6-8 dried bay leaves
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the stems from the peppers and slice into pieces
  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the pieces and bay with the salt, cumin, cloves and peppercorns
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika and garlic
  • Finally, crumble in the oregano and parsley. Stir again

Store in a sealed jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: Before grinding, you could dry toast the pepper pieces along with the cloves peppercorns and cumin. This will add even more flavour to your homemade chili powder. Click here to read more about this(Link opens in new window)

Note: This recipe uses some whole spices which are then ground and combined. If you don't have them all, use pre-ground spices and reduce the amounts by roughly half. So for 2 teaspoons of peppercorns you use 1 teaspoon of pre-ground pepper. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Links to Other Spice Mixes and Blends to Try

Authentic Mexican 
Chili Powder Recipe

A Simple, Yet Tasty 
Chili Seasoning

Masala Collection For 
Authentic Indian Food

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