Chili Powder Mixes

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by runway1, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. runway1

    runway1 Smoke Blower

    Anybody mix their own chili powders? I was looking to experiment with that. I cooked up a batch of beef chili with a combo of quajillo, ancho and anaheims. Worked pretty good and definitely a fuller chili pepper flavor.

    Anyhow, if you had sacks of different dried peppers, what would your chili powder mix look like? I'll look forward to trying it, thanks!
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
  2. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    I’m interested in this as well. Replying to find out.
  3. runway1

    runway1 Smoke Blower

    Hard to believe nobody is mixing their own chili powders here! Don't make me find you!..;>)
  4. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I buy mine from sausage maker . Texmex Chili mix .
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
  5. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    I smoked about 1/4 cup of Chile Tepin with a few Chile Pequin peppers in there. Ground them up and man I have a great but HOT chili powder. I used it to make my quick chili recipe and it was great! Now I used 1 teaspoon of it and then used my regular store bought chile powder for the rest of the chile powder need.

    I loved it and will be using this chili powder here and there when I can but man it is hot and I have a feeling it is going to last me a LOOOOOOOOOONG while hahaha.

    OOOOH just had an idea. I'll give 3/4 of what I have to my mother and have her make some good hot tamales for me!!!!
    I have about 1.5 quarts of Chile Tepin peppers in the freezer so I'm sure more of this chile powder will be made :)
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I buy those big bags of "dried chili" pods at W-M.... Throw them in the oven at 220 for several hours until they are really dry... Throw them in the food processor and grind them up.... Then I mix different amount of the ground mix of 2 or 3 varieties and put it in a container for later use... You can make some awesome chili powder and it's inexpensive...
  7. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I grow Amaheim, Ancho, Chimayo, Jalapeño chilies every year. I also grew Cayenne a couple of years ago and still have a gallon bag. I pull out whatever combo strikes my fancy when I need to fill the jar. I do use the Chimayo powder as a stand alone.
  8. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    OK ,, you converted me . I have a Jalapeno plant thats goin nuts . 2 doz . in the freezer and picked another doz. yesterday . Have a doz. sweet banana picked as well . Put them in the mes over night at 150 . Ground them up today .
    Works well .

    The jalapeno was a mild variety . I've used a bunch in different ways . Great flavor but not much heat . Does drying intensify the heat ? The powder came out hotter than expected .
  9. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Remove the water, increase the amount of capsaicin by volume.
  10. runway1

    runway1 Smoke Blower

    Some good ideas. Seems just a random chili assortment works fine. I've done the same and I do like it much better than the pre mixes - just thought there might be some real go-to mixes developed at home. In reading some ingredient lists, seems the addition of oregano, thyme or other herb is also typical.
  11. 30" Jim

    30" Jim Newbie

    I use 3 peppers in my chili powder.
    Ancho - provides little heat but a dark rich earthy flavor
    Red New Mexico - provides a brite fruity flavor
    Morita - provides heat and a smokey flavor
    I also use cumin powder because it just ain't chili powder without cumin.

    I buy them dried at Wally World, remove the stems and seeds then grind them to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.
  12. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've been smoking or oven-roasting dried pods for grinding and using those like chile powder, but that's just straight chiles and no other flavors. The coffee grinder produces a mix of powder and small flakes; to really make a powder I should run it through the burr grinder.

    My most recent batches used guajillos, puyas and de arbols in separate batches. I also made a sauce from the guajillos, it's working well as a base for chile or baked beans.
  13. I grew Pablano peppers last year in the garden with the intent on grinding the dried chilies for chili powder. (Ancho chili is a red pablano pepper; and the one used for chili powder).
    I have a large ziplock full of dried chilies I need to grind in my coffee grinder. Probably get about 2~2 1/2 cups of powder.

    Also dried some jalapenos for a little heat in the mix.
  14. James Coburn

    James Coburn Fire Starter

    Very interesting post. ...I've never thought about making my own powder. I usually freeze a bunch I've just roasted a little while. I too grow a ton of peppers every year. Now I will have to try my luck at powder.
    How long does it take and what temp do you use to dry out peppers fully for grinding?
  15. I have a small tray stack dehydrator from Cabela's. I fill the trays, set it to 135* (fruit and veggie setting)and dry for 24 hours. You want them extremely stiff, brittle and very dry.
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  16. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I ground some for the first time this year . Another addiction . I used sweet banana , jalapeno , and green bell . Used the mes 30 to dry . Ground with a magic bullet . Came out awesome .

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