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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making chili powder with garden peppers

Peppers grew well in the garden and I wish there were more. I start all my peppers from seeds indoor and we didn't have enough room for all of them! One of the things I wanted to do was make chili powder. It was kind of an experiment and I enjoyed it. 

I harvested Anaheim, cayenne, serrano and jalapeƱo peppers. For the chili powder, I used Anaheim. The ingredients vary depending on how hot you want the powder and what herbs or spices to add. You can come up with your own recipe, it's easy and fun. Dry the peppers in the oven or use a dehydrator. Electric dehydrator saves on energy and it's handy to have.  

I love my Presto® digital food dehydrator. I'm not paid to advertise the product but I highly recommend it because it's useful if you're into food preservation like me. The dehydrator was another Christmas present I received that I purchased with a gift card. After doing research, I decided to go with Presto® based on the price and I like that it has a timer that automatically turns off unlike other brands I compared it to. The nesting trays are great for compact storage. I removed the top cover for you to see, Anaheim peppers took around 13 hours to dry at 120° F.    

I also dried onions from my garden so I can add them to the chili powder. It took longer to dry, like almost 24 hours at 120° F. Cooking onions smell wonderful but NOT when you're drying them! We have the dehydrator in the garage for now. It's nice to start it, walk away and go on with my day. While I was at it, I dried some garlic too and they were done in about 6 hours at 120° F.      

I designed the label for this jar, another reason to get creative! :-) The chili powder is more flavorful and intense with a vibrant color. I compared it to store-bought and homemade is definitely the best plus there are no preservatives. Now I can use it for dishes such as chili beans, enchiladas, soups, casseroles, etc. Okay I'm hungry… 

How to make chili powder:
You can use homegrown or store-bought dried peppers. Chili powder is usually made with mild peppers. It will be different for everyone so feel free to adjust your herbs, spices and salt. Below is my recipe using all organic ingredients and it makes about 1 cup. 

6 tbsp dried Anaheim peppers  
2 tbsp dried onions (or granulated onion)  
2 tbsp dried garlic (or garlic powder)
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp paprika 
1 tbsp cumin 
2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)

1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or spice grinder. Process until you get a fine powder. My food processor didn't pulverize enough so I used the Vitamix®, that powerful blender can do the job. Let the powder settle for a minute before you remove the lid. 
Store chili powder in an airtight container at a dark place for up to 6 months. Keep in the fridge or freezer for a big batch to extend the shelf life.  

Do you make your own chili powder or spice blends?   


  1. You have the best ideas. I have some peppers I dried over the summer and I am so going to try this recipe. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Thanks for sharing Priscilla.


  2. I made some dehydrated tomatoes last month and I wish I had grown some peppers, so I could make some chilli powder myself too.

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. We'll definitely try this since my husband grew quite a few peppers this year.

  4. Hi Priscilla,
    Wow, homemade chilli powder! This is just fabulous!
    Food Dehydrator is not easily available over here! I did look for it once, long ago, and gave up!
    I hope all is well with you!

  5. Hi Priscilla,

    How are you? Long time didn't see you in blog.


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♥ Priscilla