Hot Chili Powder Recipe - A Mix of
Sweet Spices and Fiery Peppers

If you're a heat lover, then making a homemade hot chili powder is the way to go! And the beauty of doing it yourself is you get to choose the temperature! For a nice, tolerable heat I like to choose birds eye or jalapeno peppers. For crazy heat: Dorset nagas, Scotch bonnets or habaneros are the way to go. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: Whilst I use whole peppers for this, if you can't get them you can use 8 tablespoons of flakes. If you haven't all the whole spices you can use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe says by half. So for 2 tablespoons of allspice berries you use 1 tablespoon ground allspice. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Hot Chili Powder Recipe

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

half a cup of hot dried chilis (your choice)
2 tbsp sweet paprika (or regular)
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tsp onion powder 
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the stems from the peppers and chop into smallish pieces
  • Grind them with the salt, allspice, peppercorns and coriander seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, garlic, onion and cinnamon

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

Note: For even more flavour you can dry toast the peppercorns, coriander, allspice and chopped pepper over a medium heat before grinding. Click here to read more on this. (Link opens in new window)

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