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AB's Chili Powder

Dried chiles, cumin, and smoked paprika add smoky spice to this flavorful homemade chili powder.
Sometime around 1890, a spice mix called "chili powder" hit the market. Some blends are ok, some... are not. Either way, you're better off making your own, especially if you're looking for a tasty bowl of red.
This recipe first appeared in Season 8 of Good Eats.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 tablespoons


  • 3 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 3 dried cascabel chiles, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 3 dried arbol chiles, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Specialized Hardware

  • Blender


  • Place all of the chiles and the cumin into a medium saute pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, moving the pan around constantly, until you begin to smell the cumin toasting, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside and cool completely.
  • Once cool, place the chiles and cumin into the carafe of a blender along with the garlic powder, oregano, and paprika. Process until a fine powder is formed. Allow the powder to settle for at least a minute before removing the lid of the carafe. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.