Homemade Chili Powder

So, ahem, I know it’s been a while–a long while–since I promised you I would post my homemade chili powder recipe. But back when I filmed my first-ever vlog on homemade taco seasoning, I had no idea what all goes into blogging and how quickly time would get away from me.

I wanted to post this homemade chili powder recipe because it’s one of the components in my homemade taco seasoning.

So I do apologize, and I hope it will help you now! Better late than never, right?

Homemade Chili Powder


1 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix everything together and store in a glass jar!

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  1. Joseph says

    You’re missing a key ingredient – the Ancho chili. Here’s my recipe for your consideration – I use a LOT of chili powder in my cooking so I tend to make it up in lager batches.

    ¾ c ground Ancho chili pepper
    2 T ground cumin
    3 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp ground Mexican oregano (not as sweet as the Mediterranean variety)
    1 tsp cayenne pepper

    • says

      It all depends on what is being used. Generally when one thkins of seasoning it includes a generous amount of sodium, which is not altogether healthful in large amounts. Spices are basically plant derivatives that are used to give flavor to foods. They include just about anything on your spice rack: cayenne, cumin, rosemary, thyme, dill, etc. Herbs are generally less processed than spices (basil, cilantro, etc ) so they are probably a little more healthful. But honestly seasoning and spices are usually used in nutritionally inconsequential amounts, so their health effects are not very apparent. Herbs on the other hand are usually prized for their medicinal purposes, so it would seem that these are generally more healthful than spices.

  2. L Phillips says

    Just something to keep in mind if you want to keep away from additives and preservatives – even some basic herbs and spices can have additives that aren’t always labeled (unless you buy organic from a trusted source). I have a sensitivity to Magnesium Stearate, which is unfortunately found in most powdered garlics I’ve found. It’s a chemical additive they add to keep it from clumping, but sadly don’t often label:(
    However, with that being said, I am definitely going to write down this chili powder recipe as I have had to avoid chili powder in the past because of the garlic powder issue. With this one I can just add fresh garlic when I go to make the meal! thanks!


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