Robb Walsh's Chili Powder
Come up with a good recipe for chili powder, and it will give you some of the confidence to call your chili the best you’ve ever made. The Texas restaurateur Robb Walsh uses a version of this recipe in his classic chili con carne, but feel free to use it in any recipe that needs a hit of smoke and depth of flavor.
- Serves: 1 person
- 3medium-sized ancho chiles
- ½teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼teaspoon Mexican oregano
- Pinch garlic powder (optional)
Step 1Toast chiles in a pan, then remove them and allow to cool. In the same pan, toast cumin seeds.
Step 2Seed the anchos and cut them into strips and then process them in a spice grinder with the cumin seeds, a big pinch of Mexican oregano and, if you like, a shake of garlic powder.
Step 3Use it in chili, or store in a sealed jar. Use it quickly, though. It grows stale fast.