Recipe For Chili Powder - A Subtle Blend
of Peppers, Spices and Herbs

This recipe for chili powder is a good one to try if you're new to making mixes and blends! It's a simple blend of peppers, spices and dried herbs, and the best thing about doing it yourself; you get to choose the temperature! Like your food fiery? Choose a hot pepper. Prefer it milder? Go for a mild variety. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I tend to use whole ingredients when I can which I then grind for my mixes and blends, but if you don't have them all, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities in the recipe by half. So for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon 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 Recipe For Chili Powder

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

half a cup of dried peppers
OR ¼ cup (4 tbsp) flakes
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp dried basil
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp allspice berries
1-2 tsp sea salt
3 inch cinnamon stick

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon and chop the peppers into smallish pieces

  • Finely grind the cinnamon and pepper pieces (or flakes) along with the allspice, salt, peppercorns, fennel and cumin seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl. Regrind any bits that don't sieve
  • Stir in the garlic, paprika and onion powders
  • Finally, crumble in the basil and oregano

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

Note: If you have the time, dry toasting the whole ingredients before cooling and grinding will add even more flavour to your final chlii powder.

Click here for step-by-step tips and photos on how to do this. (Link opens in new window)

Links to Other Blends You May Like to Try

A Delicious Mix of
Chili Spices

California Chili Powder
With Anaheim Ppppers

Spice Mix Collection For
Superb Home Cooking

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