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Don
Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 7:16pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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One of my sons' favorite meals uses a couple of tsp of chili powder, not chili pepper powder, and I am out of the cheap stuff I have been using so I need to restock. I am also trying to shift all of my spices and herbs to organic.

Do you make your own chili powder or buy it already blended? If you buy it, do you have a favorite brand and is it organic? If you make it, will you share your recipe?


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As I've shared before, I'm a Texan, and intimately familiar with Chili Powder.

In my experience, Chili Powder is indeed the powder of chili peppers--not cayenne. Commercial brands can also add garlic, oregano, and onion powder, cumin, salt, dash or two of cayenne to the chili powder.

I would probably just buy Mexene brand.  Its a good all-purpose chili powder--but not sure how "pure" it is anymore.  Also you could experiment with LaFiesta spices, from Mexico, which are usually in the produce section.  Not sure about availability in the Deep South, tho.

I prefer "Tex-Mex" seasonings.  My suggestions are based on that preference.

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I just buy chili powder from the bulk section of WF....
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Quoted from jayney-O
I just buy chili powder from the bulk section of WF....


Yes, and they will have a list of the ingredients that went into that particular variety as well, right on the jar, and, whether it is organic or not. They have a couple of different blends here at our WF. That is one way I compiled my list of ingredients for my own, homemade, curry powder---by looking at the ingredients in WF's bulk variety. That is also how I determined I had to make my own in the first place---the AVOIDS were in there.

Don, you up for all that painstaking measuring and combining?  

On that note, I have yet to replicate a wonderful batch of curry powder that I blended because I am not of the ability (I have concluded now after 47 years on the planet) to deal in specifics when it comes to cooking (I will when I'm baking cause you HAVE to. . . ) but teaspoons, 1/4 teaspoons, 1/8 teaspoon measurements are tooooooo tedious for my short attention span! A shame, tho, cause that one batch I made was SUPER!  


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That is a task I need to do as well.  I like the taste of commercial chili powder, but alas, the avoids.  Unfortunately, our chili powder will probably need to have different ingredients since I am going to make it compliant for A and AB.  Good luck in your quest!


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I don't have access to any major HFS like WF. The nearest WF is a difficult 140 miles away. They are scheduled to open one in AL and TN in 2007 both of which would be about 100 miles away in opposite directions on the same Interstate from where I live. If they ever open up I will have to make at least one trip just to see what they offer.

No, I really don't want to mix my own chili powder, because I don't want to have to buy all the separate ingredients. However, if I can't find a reasonable priced organic blend then I may decide to make my own. If I do make it I would probably make a large batch that would last for a long time so the measurements would be larger amounts and therefore less impact if I am off a little bit on some measurements.


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I don't have a WF, either, and miss it terribly.

I'm sure you've thought of this, but does WF have mail order?

I'm going to be in Kansas City next week-end; I feel sure they have a WF, would you like me to pick up some organic chili powder for you while I'm there,  and mail it to you?

I would hate to buy a bunch of little-used spices as well!  

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I haven't checked the local HFS yet. I will be going tomorrow. I can probably get some, but when I priced some organic chili powder online it seemed expensive for a tiny amount.

I am also trying to put together an online order for bulk herbs and spices and the place I was going to order from doesn't have a chili powder blend. That is why I am trying to decide what to do, make or buy.


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I'm happy to help--just let me know.  


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_powder

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chili powder mix is:

cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon
paprika or other milder powdered chile, 1 tablespoon
ground cumin, 2 tablespoon
oregano, 1 tablespoon
garlic powder, 2 tablespoon
smaller quantities of any or all of the other spices mentioned above
Yield: approx. 1/2 cup


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The price of the Frontier Coop chili powder is what made me decide to look into making my own before I started this thread!

Yes, the wikipedia chili powder recipe sounded simple, but they mentioned many variations using "other spices" that is why I thought I would ask everyone what they like and use.


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In this part of the world, chilli powder means just that-powdered chillies. Most households buy the dried chillies and powder them at home using the coffee mill attachment of the mixer/grinder.



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I don't have access to any major HFS like WF. The nearest WF is a difficult 140 miles away.

However, if I can't find a reasonable priced organic blend then I may decide to make my own. If I do make it I would probably make a large batch that would last for a long time so the measurements would be larger amounts and therefore less impact if I am off a little bit on some measurements.


This is what I do when I can't get to WFM: http://buybox.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A3601211%2Cp_4%3AFrontier%20Natural&page=1
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Also, Don, I use powdered ancho chilis, which are, if I'm not mistaken, ripe poblano peppers.  I would be scared of using a whole TBS of cayenne pepper, like our friend Lola   suggests.  

However, as cold as it is here in the Plains right now, it does sound rather tempting!  


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Don, something else you might want to look into is whatever chili spices are carried at our local Hispanic food stores. We have several of those in Athens and there may be some in Madison/Huntsville. I plan to go shopping at one of the Athens stores today to pick up some guavas. I'll check and see if what they offer in the way of chili spices is anything close to what may benefit you. I suspect that the problem with what they stock will be that it isn't labeled well enough to tell whether it's organic or not, but I'll let you know what I find out.


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I have purchased organic roasted ground chili (just one kind of chili - no additions) from frontiercoop online.

I have also purchased non-organic TradeWinds (from Smart & Final)
 GroundCalifornia Chili Pepper (nothing else added)
 Ground Ancho Chili Pepper (Silicon Dioxide added)
 Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper Silicon Dioxide added)
 Grounmd New Mexico Chili Pepper (nothing else added)

I wanted to make chili beans, so cooked black beans - then added other things and a bit of each of the Tradewinds chilis.
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