Chili powder is essential in your kitchen. But spices are expensive (as an aside, always try to buy bulk spices rather than jarred. They’re much cheaper.). Chili powder is very easy to make. This is what you need:
3 each dried Arbol, Ancho, and Cascabel chilis (easy to find at a large chain store or Mexican market)
2 T Cumin seeds
2 T Garlic powder
1 T Oregano
1 t Paprika
Deseed the chilis, and cut them up into small pieces. Toast in a frying pan over medium heat until smoking. Be careful not to burn. Set aside to cool. Toast the cumin seeds in a frying pan until fragrant. Set aside to cool. When cool combine all ingredients into a spice blender or food processor. Grind into a fine powder. Use immediately or store in an air tight jar. Should keep fresh for several months.
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