Make your own chile powder for unbeatable, super-fresh flavor, using the chiles of your choice to get a heat level that's right for you. Start with dried mild ancho chiles, medium chipotles, red-hot chiles de arbol--or a combination--then follow these three easy steps. Stir the powder into stews or salsas, rub it on meat before cooking or use it as a base for hcili (add ground cumin, garlic, cayenne and salt).
Elmo's Famous Chili, from our September 2015 issue
Halve your dried chiles lengthwise, then remove the stems, ribs and seeds. Chop the chiles into small pieces
In a dry skillet, toast the chiles over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes per side.
Blend in a spice grinder to a powder. Store in a jar in a cool, dark place for up to six months.