What’s the difference between chili (with
Homemade chile powder is easy to make, inexpensive, tastes better than national brands, and is a necessity if you want to elevate your chili game.
Start with dried chile peppers. These come in little cellophane packages in the spice section of most grocery stores in Texas. Fiesta brand is widely available in the south. If the chile gods favor you, you may find a store that has loose peppers in a bin.
Ancho, Guajillo, and Pasillas are my three favorite peppers for chili. Guajillo is also known as
If you can’t find any dried peppers in your local grocery store,
move they are available over the internet from places like Spices, Inc. While tempting, avoid pre-made chile and chili powders: 1). You never know how old it is, 2). You can’t control what peppers are in it, 3).
Look for peppers that are pliable. If they break in half when folded or crumble when squeezed, they are old and flavorless. (A little cracking is OK.)
To toast the peppers, heat a dry pan over medium heat, then start preparing the peppers by cutting off the stem end, split the pepper down one edge, then remove the seeds and ribs. (Keep the waste for your compost!)
Once cleaned, toast them in the dry pan for about 30 seconds per side. (If your stove has an exhaust fan that vents to the outside, you may want to turn that on.)
After toasting, let them cool, then cut into 1″ pieces. Place the toasted, cut peppers in a spice grinder, and turn it on until the peppers are ground into a fine powder. (I found that shaking the grinder and turning it upside down speeds the
I have a Krups coffee grinder dedicated to this purpose, which is available from Amazon for about $15.
Whole dried chiles will last about 3 years if properly stored, while ground chile powder stays potent for about 6 months in the pantry and about a year in the freezer. A word of caution: Even if the original package the peppers came in is unopened, I recommend placing them in a storage bag or sealable plastic bin. Moths love chile peppers and will ruin them if given the chance.
Both my family and my wife’s family love to cook. After we were married, the recipes started rolling in, and I couldn’t keep up with all the paper. In an effort to organize them, I created the Galdiano Family Cookbook.
We had a Chili Cookoff at work, and one of my co-workers, who never made chili before, geeked out on the challenge. In his quixotic quest for a good, authentic chili, he developed his Texas Chili recipe, which is derived from the original Chili Queens of San Antonio recipe. He says the broth from his stew recipe is the secret ingredient
I hate to admit it, but it is pretty good chili (but not as good as mine!). Please enjoys his recipe, because
you ain’t getting mine! mine isn’t ready for publication yet.
We celebrated aunt Annette’s
80th birthday at Pappasito’s!
Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2019!
Our sweet girl, Reese, loves car rides and long walks on the beach. She is quite the romantic!
No bones about it, Amilia really digs Halloween makeup.
shocked thrilled that Gideon won a Citizenship award at his school. He is a good kid with a heart of gold!