Homemade Chili Powder

Of course, you can go to any store and buy chili powder in a bottle, but whereʼs the fun in that? Making your own is easy and, best of all, you can customize it however you like. Hereʼs a basic recipe, but feel free to tinker with it and add more heat or use different types of chilies.

Makes: 1Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 1


  • 4 ancho chilies, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 4 chiles de arbol, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika (hot or sweet)
  • 1⁄2 tsp. cayenne pepper


  • Lightly toast the chilies on a comal or cast-iron skillet until they puff slightly. Let cool.
  • Put chilies in a spice or coffee grinder, working in batches if necessary, and grind until they form a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir well until thoroughly mixed.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.