How To Make Homemade Red Chilli Powder(2024)

A delicious chilli is perfect for a summer or winter game day or family meal. We discuss in this blog how to make homemade red chilli powder is so much more flavorful, nuanced, and complex, and it’s not at all tricky to make, either. Some spices and dried chiles warm on the stove, whizz them up in a spice grinder, and voila! You’ll have made delicious homemade chilli powder in under 10 minutes to make when using whole dried chiles, and just 5 minutes to make if using pre-ground chiles. And we must say, it is so fresh and much better than store-bought.

What is Chilli Powder?

Chili powder is a spice blend of ground-dried chiles and other spices. Usual chiles include New Mexico chiles, Ancho chiles, or Cascabel chiles. These are usually mixed with spices such as cumin, oregano, and paprika.

Chilli Powder Ingredients

The primary ingredient in chilli powder is dried chiles. It’s best to use ones that are smoky, flavorful, and not too spicy. We advise guajillo, ancho, or New Mexico varieties. Cumin and smoked paprika add moreover smokiness, while garlic powder adds a savory element. Oregano and coriander provide earthiness. Cayenne adds heat and is adjustable depending on your preference for spice.

  • 2 ounces Dried chiles, such as ancho, guajillo, and chipotle
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground allspice
  • Pinch Ground clove

Instructions for chilli powder

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  • The chiles on a baking sheet and toast until dry and beginning to puff, about 5-10 minutes.  
  • Take the chiles out of the oven when done, and when cool enough to handle. remove the stems and seeds. 
  • The chiles into a spice grinder and then grind until powdery. 
  • Stimulate in the cumin, garlic powder, oregano, allspice, and clove. Taste and adjust if you wish. 

How to make chilli powder At home

  • The first step to making this recipe is preparing the chilli powder. Use sharp kitchen scissors to take off the stems from the chiles. 
  • Peel frank each pepper along the slit and remove the seeds.
  • Then toast the chiles and whole spices. Warm a dry skillet over low heat, and toast the chiles, cumin seeds, coriander, and fennel for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • This step helps them blend up equally in the spice grinder.
  • Finally, blend! Add the split chilli peppers, cumin, coriander, fennel, paprika, oregano, garlic, allspice, salt, and sugar to a spice grinder, and blend to form a fine powder. Depending on the size of your spice grinder, you may need to work in batches.

How to Use Chilli Powder

Chilli powder is a various and handy spice mix to have in your pantry. Here are some ideas on how to put the mix to its best use:

  • Marinades: Add 1 teaspoon of the mix with 3 teaspoons of olive oil, the juice of a lime, and salt and pepper to taste. Use this paste to marinate steaks, and chicken breasts, or combine it with a stick of butter to coat a turkey or whole chicken before roasting it in the oven.
  • Dips and spreads: Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mix with 8 ounces of full-fat cream cheese. Mix well and add 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. After combining absolutely, place the dip in a small bowl and serve with crudités or pita chips. 
  • Soups and rice: Spice up your favorite tomato soup with 1 teaspoon of the mix. Add the powder halfway through the cooking process. Add 1 teaspoon of the mix to your white or brown rice before placing the pot on the stove.
  • Quick bean-and-grain salad: 1 teaspoon add of the mix to a can of any beans of your liking. Season with salt and pepper, and olive oil. Mix the bean with quinoa, barley, farro, or any grain to make a quick and nutritious bean salad. Garnish with coriander.
  • Guacamole: 1 teaspoon of the mix with the flesh of 2 avocados. Include salt and pepper to taste, a squeeze of lime, and some sliced cilantro.

How to grind something into chilli powder without a grinder?

If you don’t have a grinder or mortar and pestle on hand, there are still a few alternative methods you can try to grind spices into a fine powder. Here are some possibilities you can consider:

  • Coffee Grinder: If you have a coffee grinder at home, you can use it to grind spices to make chilli powder. Just make sure to clean it thoroughly before and after use to avoid mixing flavors. Grind small amounts at a time to ensure even grinding.
  • Blender or Food Processor: A blender or food processor can also be used to grind spices. These appliances are designed for larger quantities, so you may not get the same fine consistency as with a grinder. Pulse the spices in short bursts to prevent them from turning into a paste.
  • Grater: A fine cheese grater or a microplane can be used to grate hard spices like nutmeg or cinnamon into a powder. 


This content about How to Make chilli powder at home is a simple and satisfying task. You can benefit from the colour, heat, and flavour that fresh, natural and safe red chilli powder adds to your food. Depending on your preferences and what is readily available you can also add other kinds of red chillies to your blend of red chilli powder.

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