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How to Make Your Own Chile Powder

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2010

Grinding your own powder from freshly toasted dried chiles is easy and can make a compelling difference in recipes.

While commercial chili powder is fine in some applications, it usually contains other ingredients that distract from chile flavor. Grinding your own powder from freshly toasted dried chiles is easy and can make a compelling difference in recipes. Simply tear seeded, stemmed, toasted chiles into pieces, place in a spice grinder, and pulverize for 30 to 40 seconds.