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Chili Powder

 

All about chili powder; a blend of spices that usually includes ground chili peppers, oregano, cumin, and garlic powder.

 

Chili Powder is a blend of spices that usually includes ground ancho (not spicy) chili peppers, oregano, cumin, and garlic powder. ---photo0---

Region Produced

Chili Powder is blended in the United States and Mexico. Homemade fresh chili powder using dried Ancho chili peppers is far superior to store-bought blends. See: Authentic Homemade Chili Powder.

Traditional Uses

Chili Powder is used in Southwestern and Mexican-type cooking. It's a prominent ingredient of chili con carne, and is also used to season eggs, shellfish, cheese dishes, and stews. Manufacturers use chili powder in processed Mexican foods, sausages, and pork and beans.

Aroma & Taste

Chili Powder mixtures can vary from mild to extremely spicy. It is not necessarily hot, but may have a mild flavor if made with a chili pepper of a less pungent variety.

History

Chili Powder is an invention of the 19th century American Southwest. Its development was an American attempt to create a mixture of chili peppers and other herbs similar to those used by the Aztecs in Mexico.

Storage

Refrigerate in an air tight container.

Ideas

Chili Powder blends may vary widely in flavor. To ensure the appropriate level of heat or spiciness, add it slowly to foods, tasting as you go. Chili Powders can often be used in sodium-free cooking, since many are made without salt.

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