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Ancho, Guajillo, Chile de Arbol chili powder
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Homemade Chili Powder

Most store-bought chili powders have too many ingredients! But if you grind your own you'll get a pure, delicious flavor that will work wonders in your home cooking. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 26kcal
Author: MexicanPlease.com


  • 5-6 Ancho dried chilis
  • 7-8 Guajillo dried chilis
  • 2 Chiles de Arbol (optional)


  • Start by wiping off any dusty crevasses on the dried chilis, then de-stem and de-seed them.  I find it easiest to cut off the tops, make a slit lengthwise, and then pull out the veins and seeds.  Be sure to use caution when handling hot chilis. 
  • Roast the chili pieces in a 350F oven for a couple minutes or until warm and fragrant.  You can alternatively flash roast them on a hot dry skillet.
  • Grind the roasted chili pieces in a blender or food processor.  You can optionally use a spice grinder for a finer powder.
  • This batch will make 1/2 cup of pure chili powder that will fit into a 4 oz. spice jar.  Store in the pantry (away from the heat of the stove) where it will keep for weeks at a time. 


Always use caution when handling hot chili peppers.  I use my hands along with plenty of handwashing, but if you have sensitive skin you can always use gloves.  More info on handling hot chilis. 
For more info on some pure chili powders that you can easily buy online see here.
And if you don't have great options for buying dried chilis in your area see our post on buying dried chilis online. 


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2200IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.5mg