New Mexico Chili Powder - A Tasty Mix
of Peppers and Ground Spices

Of course to make authentic New Mexico chili powder, you're going to need dried New Mexican peppers. Unless you grow them or know a local supplier, then online is always a good bet. But if you can't get them you can always substitute with another variety like anchos or Californian peppers. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I recommend using whole spices where you can when making your homemade chili powders. If you only have pre-ground, use them, but halve the amount you use. For example for 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds you would use tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole and stir in with any other powders when making.. 

New Mexico Chili Powder Recipe 

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)

10-12 dried New Mexico peppers
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp allspice berries
1 tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the stems from the dried peppers and cut into smallish pieces
  • Grind them along with the sea salt, allspice berries and cumin seeds 
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Finally, add the paprika, oregano, garlic and onion and mix everything together

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

Note: You can dry toast the allspice and cumin seeds prior to grinding. This toasting will increase their flavours and aromas and is recommended. Click to read more about this. (Link opens in new window)

Links to Other Spice Mixes and Blends to Try

Authentic Ancho
Chili Powder

An All-Purpose Chili Seasoning

Collection of Popular 
Spice Mixes

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