Fresh Chili Powder, Made At Home, Fresh!
Do you like chili powder? Do you use it all year? We
love chili powder, not just to make chili but in sauces,
dressings, as a meat rub and sometimes as a rimmer for
a cocktail. Americans generally know chili powder as a
blend of powdered chili's and spices. Chili powder could
be spicy but usually not. You probably have no real idea
of how old your store bought chili powder is or how it tasted when it was fresh. If
you like your store bought chili powder you are in for
a taste bud awakening. Home made chili powder is an intense flavor. Since you are making it yourself you can spice it up as you see fit.
Think about Paprika. Do you know what it tastes like
or even smells like. Paprika is a red bell pepper that
has been dried out and ground into a powder. It looks
good on a deviled egg but most of the flavor and smell
is gone. A dried chili pepper freshly ground smells and
tastes of pepper. Smoky and rich with flavor and aroma.
Since there are several varieties of peppers that are
not hot, you can make a blend that has the sweet earthy
flavor and aroma with out the scorching heat. Think about
that on a deviled egg.
Fresh chili powder may be a very big surprise to you
as it is very different from what you purchase in the
grocery. Our favorite thing about fresh chili powder is
you can make it as hot (or not) as you like. To add a
rich, almost chocolate flavor, you can toast the chilies
before grinding them into a powder. You can also add salt,
coriander, cumin or just about anything to make your chili
powder your own.
One thing you will need is a small coffee grinder. You
can purchase one at any store such as Sears or Target
and cost about $25 U.S.. Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder
is a good one. We have two, one for coffee and one for
spices. You will learn fairly quickly no matter how well
you wipe out your coffee grinder you will taste whatever
you ground up last. Cayenne and Cumin coffee is really
horrible. Buy a coffee grinder just for spices.
Also it is necessary to have access to dried whole chilies
such as Ancho, Pasilla or Cascabel. There are many varieties
of dried chilies available at your local Mexican Market.
Fresh Chili Powder or Chili Mix Recipe
2 Ancho Chilies (not hot)
2 Pasilla Chilies (not hot)
Teaspoon Garlic powder
Pull the stems off the dry chilies and take out the seeds.
Tear them into pieces so they fit into your coffee grinder.
Grind them into a fine powder. Mix together with the remaining
ingredients. Your done, fresh chili powder.
Toasting Chili Pods
As mentioned earlier you can add an almost chocolaty
flavor to your chili powder by toasting the peppers. This
is done by taking a dry skillet and heating it up. Place
your dry chilies in the skillet and allow them to toast
until you see a bit of smoke or begin to smell them. They
will turn a a bit darker or maybe even brown or black
in areas. Remove them from the skillet and allow to cool.
Remove the stems and seeds and grind into a powder. You
will immediately smell the difference.
Below is a guide to some available chili peppers sorted
by heat. We typically make chili powder with mild peppers.
If we need some heat we will add a bit of cayenne, but
sparingly. The flavor of a chili is deep and wide and
heat is just heat. You can ruin a tasty chili powder with
to much heat.
Mild Chili Peppers
Medium Chili Peppers
Hot Chili Peppers
One of the best uses for a fresh chili powder is to season
chicken or pork. Fresh chili powder with a little sage
in it is excellent on chicken. Also let us not forget
making chili. You may never have chili so good as the
chili that uses your fresh chili powder. Below is an excellent
recipe for Western Style Chili you will claim as your
own and your friends will love you for it.
Western Style Chili
2 tablespoons Toasted Pasilla Pepper, Ground
3 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne, maybe less
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 lb. lean beef cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 red bell pepper diced
1/2 green red pepper diced
1 pablano pepper diced
2 medium onions diced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups of beef stock
2 One lb. cans of red beans
2 bay leaves
Mix first 12 ingredients in a bowl.
Heat the oil in a pan large enough to hold everything,
a five quart pot might do the trick.
Just as oil starts to smoke add the meat and 4 tablespoons
or so of the seasoning you mixed earlier. Stir frequently
until meat begins to brown. About 4 minutes.
Add the red, green and pablano peppers along with the
onion. Stir every couple of minutes, for 8 or 9 minutes,
scrapping the bottom and sides as necessary.
Add the flour and a cup of the beef stock and stir vigorously.
Add the beans, juice and all. The rest of the stock,
the rest of the chili powder and the bay leaves. Simmer
until it is the consistency of chili.Serve with chopped
onion, a splash of Tabasco and a cool beer.
Add a bit of your fresh chili powder to salt and make
a tasty rimmer for a Bloody Mary or Margarita. If you
have any ideas for chili powder please write and we will
post your idea for everyone.