How to make chili powder, red and green chili sauce


How to Make Chili Powder

1 bag of dried red chili pods (about 12 to 15 pods)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees fahrenheit

For each chili pepper, cut off both ends to remove the stem, and cut in half. Reach in, take out and discard all the seeds that you can find. Place chili pepper pieces on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, after which they will begin to smell roasted.

Put these roasted pieces in a blender or food processor (a blender seems to work best for me) and simply grind to a powder. Store in a covered container away from light and heat.




Now that we can make chili powder, how do we make the red chili powder into red chili sauce?




How to Make Chili Sauce from Powder

1/2 c chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c fresh cilantro (chinese parsely), chopped
2 T flour
3 T olive oil
2 c water
salt to taste

Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat and sautee garlic. Remove from heat and slowly blend in flour and then chili powder. Put skillet back on heat and mix in water, cilantro and salt. Bring to simmer, stirring, and cook until a desired thickness is reached. Let cool and store in refrigerator or freezer.




Here is the method of bypassing the powder altogether and making red chili sauce directly from dried pods.

How to Make Chili Sauce from Dried Chili Pods

1 bag of dried red chili pods (about 12 to 15 pods)
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 T flour
3 T olive oil
2+ c water
1/4 c cilantro (chinese parsely), chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 250 degrees fahrenheit

For each chili pepper, cut off both ends to remove the stem, and cut in half. Reach in, take out and discard all the seeds that you can find. Place chili pepper pieces on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, after which they will begin to smell roasted.

Stuff these roasted pieces into a blender, along with oil, cilantro, flour, salt, pepper and enough water to fill the blender up one third of the way. Puree and refrigerate or freeze.




Here is a way to make green chili sauce from fresh or frozen chili peppers.

How to Make Green Chili Sauce

3/4 c green chilis, chopped (or more if desired)
6 scallions (green onions), chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t olive oil
1/4 c cilantro (chinese parsely), chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Cut up ingredients. If using whole, frozen green chili let thaw and peel by hand.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and use as sauce or salsa.