Here are the best chili blends that you need to keep in your kitchen cupboard to add heat and flavor to your food. We have chosen popular chili powders and given you a brief overview of what they taste like and how you can use them in your cooking.
This well-known orange Mexican spice is super popular for its hot yet sweet and fruity taste. You can add this chili powder to almost any dish to compliment ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro, fish, and meat marinades, or use it in a salsa for a fiery side.
Chipotle chili powder is made from ground smoked jalepeño peppers. This chili spice is perfect in marinades, homemade sauces, and salad dressings. You have probably tried chipotle chili flavors in many Mexican and Tex-Mex style dishes before. It’s a moderate spice to add just a touch of heat or build into something a little more punchy.
Aleppo pepper is about the same heat as chipotle. However, the flavor is more characteristic of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. As well as being used in marinades for meat, Aleppo pepper is a popular addition in hummus and other vegetable dishes, such as roasted Mediterranean veggies and plant-based soups.
One chili product every kitchen cupboard should hold is spicy crushed chili peppers. These chili flakes can be added as a garnish to almost any dish you want to add heat and a slight hint of sweetness. Chili flakes go well on pizza, pasta, stir fry, tacos, avocado on toast, eggs, and more.
If you love adding flavor and smoky hints to your food but just can’t handle a super-strong spice, Ancho chili pepper powder is the way forward due to its slightly more mild heat. You can experiment with adding Ancho Chili powder to any Mexican-inspired dish.
Guajillo Chili Powder
This iconic Mexican chili pepper adds a flavorsome touch to your dishes but won’t come with a whole lot of heat. It is perfect for adding to chili, tacos, or any meat marinades. You can even use a touch of this chili powder in a chocolate cake batter to add complexity to your sweet batter.
Scotch Bonnet Chili Powder
Scotch bonnet chili peppers, also known as Bonney peppers, are ubiquitous in West African and Caribbean cooking for their smoky flavor. However, they are a pretty hot and spicy pepper, so use caution as your tongue may feel on fire if you overdo it with this chili.
Gochugaru (Korean Chili Powder)
Add an Asian fire to your dips, dressings, and marinades with Gochugaru. It is commonly used in kimchi and spring roll recipes for its unique hot, sweet and smoky flavor.
Kashmiri Pepper Powder
Kashmiri chili powder is easily recognizable for its super mild heat and bright red color. To add a subtle flavor and beautiful color, you can use this Indian chili powder in curries, lentil dahl, and soups.
A less popular chili spice in the US is Peri-Peri which originates in South Africa and is more commonly found in African cuisine, and is popular with European markets, particularly in Portugal and the UK. It is a hot spice with a slightly garlicky and herbal undertone.
All of our Rhythm Chili Blends are gluten-free, 100% natural, non-GMO, certified kosher with no preservatives or msg so you can enjoy excellent tasting chili powders without all the extra nasties.
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