I've had to make chili powder in a pinch a few times now, and i'm sad to say this isn't quite as good as the store-bought stuff, though I'm working on improving the recipe. It definitely works in a pinch, though (pun intended). I think the first step in improving the recipe will be to add actual measurements.
|1||handful||dried cayenne peppers (about 8?)|
|1||shake||whole cumin (1/2 tbsp?)|
|some||black peppercorns (1 tbsp?)|
|some||corriander (1 tsp?)|
|some||paprika (2 tsp?)|
| ||a little||oregano (1 tsp?)|
| ||some||garlic powder (2 tsp?) |
- Put all ingredients in a spice grinder and grind until completely pulverized. Makes about 2-3 tbsps chili powder.
- Don't even bother trying this with a mortar and pestle. It will only bring you sadness.
- Removing the seeds from the dried chilis will make a mild chili powder. The more seeds, the hotter it gets.
- Try 3 dried cayenne peppers and 6 ancho chilis instead of all cayenne - I've done this both ways and have not noticed a difference, but a little old mexican woman told me to do this, and i believe her.
The next time i make chili, i'll perfect this recipe and bring you something better than "in a pinch."