Chili Powder



  • 3-8 chilies
  • 1 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 tbs coriander seed
  • 1 tbs ground paprika
  • 2 tsp whole cloves or all spice
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground red cayenne pepper
The chilies can be a mixture depending upon availability or taste.
ancho - mild
pasilla - mild
mulato - mild
New Mexico / ristra - medium
cascabel - medium
chiltepin - very hot


  1. Wearing protective gloves, break up rthe chilies into small pieces and remove the seedsd (or leave the seeds in for a hotter and slightly bitter flavour).
  2. Toast the chilies, cumiin, coriander, cloves and all spice in a dry skillet over low heat, stirring continually until you can smell the peppers (about 2 minutes)
  3. When the toasted ingredients are cool, pour them into a food processor or liquidiser along with the other ingredients and grind it into a powder.  Warning do not open the food processor until the powder settles.
  4. Store in an airtight jar.