Chili Powder

General Description

Chili Powder is a blend of spices that usually includes ground chili peppers, oregano, cumin, and garlic powder.

Geographical Sources

Chili Powder is blended in the United States.

Traditional Ethnic Uses

Chili Powder is used in Southwestern and Mexican-type cooking. It's a prominent ingredient of chili con carne, and is also used to season eggs, shellfish, cheese dishes, and stews. Manufacturers use chili powder in processed Mexican foods, sausages, and pork and beans.

Taste and Aroma Description

Chili Powder mixtures can vary from mild to extremely spicy. It is not necessarily hot, but may have a mild flavor if made with a chili pepper of a less pungent variety.

History/Region of Origin

Chili Powder is an invention of the 19th century American Southwest. Its development was an American attempt to create a mixture of chili peppers and other herbs similar to those used by the Aztecs in Mexico.

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A Few Ideas to Get You Started

Chili Powder blends may vary widely in flavor. To ensure the appropriate level of heat or spiciness, add it slowly to foods, tasting as you go. Chili Powders can often be used in sodium-free cooking, since many are made without salt.