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I want to blend my own chili powder (or is it chile powder?)

CindyJ | Feb 26, 2012 07:45 AM

I have access to a good selection of dried chiles, but I'm at a loss when it comes to combining them into a great powder. I've been using a recipe from America's Test Kitchen that has no kick (heat). Can anyone recommend a good combination of chiles for me to use (please suggest a proportion, too).

BTW, the way I've been making the powder up until now is to toast the dried chiles in the oven for just a few minutes -- until they get puffy and dry -- then cool them, de-stem and de-seed them, and pulverize them in my born-again coffee grinder. Is that the right way to do it? And what other seasonings do you add afterward, if any? (Oregano, cumin, paprika, etc.???)

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