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The Best Homemade Chili Powder!

  • Author: Julie Hasson


For a few years, I’ve been hearing from friends in Australia that they can’t buy chili powder, only hot pepper like cayenne. So I set out to create one, as it’s an ingredient that I use often in my recipes. What I discovered, is that this homemade chili powder tastes so much better than what you buy in the store. Just make sure that your spices are very fresh when you make it, for the best flavor. I also like to use this mix as a taco seasoning.



  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, ancho chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic, onion, salt, and cayenne pepper. Store in an air-tight jar, and use in recipes whenever chili powder is called for.


Tip: If you can’t find ancho chili powder, you can use a total of 4 tablespoons paprika. Don’t substitute chili powder for the ancho, as it usually is a blend of other spices, and not a pure chili powder. If you prefer a lighter cumin flavor, you can reduce the cumin to 2 teaspoons.