DIY Chile Powder - Rachael Ray Every Day

DIY Chile Powder

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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).

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1. Chop

Halve your dried chiles lengthwise, then remove the stems, ribs and seeds. Chop the chiles into small pieces

2. Toast

In a dry skillet, toast the chiles over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes per side.

3. Grind

Blend in a spice grinder to a powder. Store in a jar in a cool, dark place for up to six months.