Chili Powder

Vanessa LaBranche, Project Bread

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Chili Powder

Chili powder is commonly used to make chili, but this flavorful spice can be used in other ways besides this common dish. Try using chili powder in a pasta sauce, soups or adding a little heat to barbecue sauce.

Yield: 2 1/2 quarts, 160 servings, 1 Tbsp portions


4 cups ancho or New Mexico chile powder
2 cups oregano, dried (Mexican oregano preferred)
1 ½ cups cumin seeds
1 ½ cup coriander seeds
1/3 cup cayenne pepper
1/3 cup black peppercorns


  1. Roast spices at 400°F on parchment lined sheet pan. Shake every minute until fragrant (4-7 minutes). Let cool.
  2. Grind all spices together in Vitamix or other high-powered blender. Mix and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.

Nutritional Information

Calories 11 calories Saturated Fat 0.05 g Sodium 2.4 mg Carbohydrate 1.9 g

* nutrient data and allergen information may vary depending on the specific ingredients and equipment used in your location.

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