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Smoked Chili Powder
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the dried chilies on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 5 to 10 minutes, until the remaining liquid in the dried chilies is removed (crisp to the touch, but not burned).
  • Over medium heat (or in a toaster oven), toast the cumin seeds until fragrant.
  • Using a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder), crush the chilies and cumin seed into a fine powder.
  • Place the chili/cumin mix into a bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Mix until fully combine.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container.


Use solely ancho peppers if you are looking for a milder smoked chili powder, or opt for chipotle peppers only if you prefer a medium level of heat. A mix between the two will provide variant levels of heat between the extremes.