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It's the middle of winter, it's cold, and what works better to warm the stomach than a nice cup of chili? While this may be a refined version of the first spice mixes I conjured up it's too good to keep to myself. Don't just limit it to chili stew mind you, it's good any time you want some added zing in a family meal that you just can't get from store-bought "chili powder".
- 2 tablespoons dried ancho chile powder
- 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika (Szeged Paprika if you can get it)
- 3⁄4 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
- 3⁄4 tablespoon ground guajillo chile pepper
- 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
- 1⁄3 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 tablespoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2⁄3 teaspoon ground cloves
- Combine all ingredients and grind to a fine powder.
- Store in glass or plastic spice jar in the fridge for up to 6 months (storing in the fridge, while not critical, helps preserve the true flavor of the chili peppers).
- Use just as you would in place of store bought chili powder; you won't believe how much of a difference it'll make.