Best Chili Powder in 2020



Simply Organic Ancho Chili Powder Certified Organic, 2.85 Ounce Review:


I tried 2 other brands and although they had good reviews they were not nearly as good as Simply Organic. I've sent it out as gifts to a couple of friends and they love it too. It's a new flavor to me and has added new dimensions to my Mexican cooking, especially my old trusted and true chili con carne. Highly recommend.



McCormick Dark Chili Powder, 20 oz Review:


I love chili dishes of all kinds. This chili powder has a nice rounded flavor. It tastes quite mild to me. It makes a great base for a milder chili dish. But if a person wants more heat, that can be achieved with additional chipotles, cumin, cayenne or a variety of fresh peppers for additional heat and character. It's all up to the cook how the dish ends up.
Whether you prefer mild chili dishes (or like me) plenty of heat, this is a great spice base and the large jar is an excellent value. If you like heat, keep cans of chipotle peppers or chiplotle powder for 'customizing".
I will definitely purchase again.

NOTE: I've been using this for a few months now and still pleased with flavor,results and cost. it's a good base spice for many dishes. HOWEVER, I don't see it listed in the product description: this chili powder contains salt. Keep that in mind when preparing a recipe.



Thai whole dried chile - 3.5 oz Review:


I love spicy foods. As a kid, I knowingly decided I wanted to like spicy foods, and I started off in small amounts. I remember the exact first moment it happened: I put three drops of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce into my Pho noodles. I told myself, and my family around the table that, with the next serving I would double that amount, and then double that, and eventually build a high tolerance for it. I now can handle pretty much any spicy foods.

As I grew up in a more exotic household that loved all types of food, Thai chile and Sriracha were the spicy toppings of choice.

The first time I ordered this I was sent a powdered version by one of the vendors. It was a little annoying as I wanted the actual whole dried chile, however, the powdered version does come in handy, so I kept it. I also ordered from another vendor and got what was pictured.

Since these Thai (Bird's Eye) chiles are already dried out, you *don't* have to do the whole process of removing the stems from the peppers, rinsing clean, drying on paper towels, and then mincing them, while wearing rubber gloves. I grind them up in a mortar, usually mixed in with other things like garlic. You can re-hydrate these, but I haven't used it that way yet. The chile has a unique spicy flavor to them which, when added to meals, can give it some extra kick, subtle or not so subtle depending on how much you use.

I took a star off because there is no consistent packaging or consistent food quality from all the different vendors selling this, but if you need Thai Chiles this should work for you. You can also try looking for this at organic markets, which may be sold as "Bird's Eye Chile".

The Internet says these are good for about a year stored in a pantry; I have mine stored in an airtight glass container. I encourage you to try this Thai Chile out, along with other chiles of the world. If you did what I did as a kid you too will be able to handle your spice, and then you'll discover a whole new world of foods out there. Recommended.



Red New Mexico Hatch Chile Powder , 18 Ounce Jar Review:


I love Hatch chilis, so when I saw this on Amazon, I had to have it. Tried it once, and it immediately became one of my top "go to" chili powders in the spice cabinet (I have many). I would describe it as flavorful but mild. It does have some heat, but not a lot. It is MUCH more mild than, say, cayenne powder. In fact, I like to use the two together -- Hatch for flavor and richness, cayenne for some burn. This is a surprisingly versatile powder that works in everything from spice rubs to marinade, to just sprinkling on poultry, and of course, it'd be great in any kind of chili or tomato-based soup or dish. Mainly, I just toss a tablespoon of it into whatever spice rub I'm preparing, for extra flavor and to create something a little off the beaten path. You really can't go wrong with this powder, because the lack of burn/heat means it won't offend anyone, and the flavor is really good.

I like that it comes in a nice big container that'll last a while, at a fair and reasonable price.



Carolina Reaper Chili Pepper Powder Wicked Reaper World's Hottest Chili Pepper Review:


Edit: 2019, years after I originally bought the powder, and it's still strong. I have about 1/5th left. I can't describe the hilarious stories and experiences I've had with people not taking the powder seriously and eating it pure with me. They all sob and fall to the ground in pain, always in disbelief. You disrespect the Reaper, it will disrespect you.
This is by far the most bang for my buck I have ever gotten in a purchase.

I was very skeptical about getting very much hotness from 13 dollars of powder. I spent hours and hours looking for pure reaper powder or liquid. liquid is ridiculous because you only get like 40ml worth. The bottle here is decent sized and will last me for a long long time.

To the hotness though. I got my buddy over to my house to make tacos for lunch. My brother happened to be home and so he joined in. I suggested using my carolina reaper powder that had just arrived and explained how it was supposed to be the hottest pepper in the world yada yada, we are men, we can take the pain...
Holy crap. We poured a lot of powder onto our tacos and ate them. No milk, no cold ice. We stood there for probably 15-20 minutes sweating, and spitting fire hot saliva(magma), while having each word spoken feel like breaths of hot fire. My brother was leaned over the sink and the blood rush to his head form the heat caused a nosebleed. we were all honestly tearing up because it felt like our mouths were on fire. Once it went down, my guts were turning all day and we decided to eat some ice cream.

The next day was pretty bad. My buddy called and told me that he has the red ring of fire in the bathroom. soon after I had to use the toilet and sure enough my butt was flaming hot and I was hoping for it to just be over. Fortunately it only lasts around 2 minutes when it comes out the other end.

In the end I decided to never use this again. Lol... no. I actually put small (way smaller than before) amounts on most of my cooked foods to add some spice. I love that only a tiny amount goes a long long way. 13 bucks is an amazing price for the kick you get. 5/5. so worth it.



1-Pound Premium Ground Ancho Chile Pepper Chili Powder Review:


A blood test for food insensitivities indicated the Ancho chili was a "good guy" for my diet. My use is to use for sauces, rubs for meats, sprinkle as a spice on salads, roasted veggies, etc. A general all around flavoring. I previously tried the Ole Mission brand (on Amazon) and liked that one, so seeing the large size of this product along with a favorable price I purchased this. I think this product compares favorably to the Ole Mission brand.

The product arrived quickly and intact. The plastic container is similar in size to other spices on your shelf, so if you are concerned about storage it will buddy up to your other containers fine. The bottle is ~8" tall, 2-1/2" wide, and 3-1/2" deep. The plastic is a #1 PETE, so when done, will likely be recyclable. The black lid is a #5 PP also usually recyclable. Bought Aug 2019, Exp date 07/2021, so good dating.

This is a nice Ancho chili powder and is characteristic of the type of chili, mild-moderate spiciness, a bit sweet, fruity, with a smokiness. Ideal for mole sauce, meat rubs, enchilada sauce, general seasoning, Thai coconut sauce. On the Scoville heat scale for chili peppers (pic attached) Anchos are towards the bottom. While not spicy-hot I think there are some seeds in the grind, so a very mild spiciness (see pic). If you want the flavor, but a little more burn, add a little Cayenne.

Last night, rubbed on some hamburgers and blacked- yummy.

Overall pleased.

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7 Pepper Spice Mix (Nanami / Schichimi Togarashi) - 1 bag, 10.58 oz Review:


This red pepper mix is on the table at any Japanese restaurant worth its soy sauce - but go try to find it at the local grocery, even if it is a particularly well-stocked "gourmet" store. Good luck with that. And if you do find it, you will pay quite a bit for a small, half ounce shaker full. In this very economical 10 plus ounce format, you can go nuts with your Nanami Togarashi. Contrary to the reports from some other amazon reviewers, my order came startlingly fresh, aromatic and potent. Just a small pinch mixed with a bowl of sliced cucumbers in rice vinegar packs a wallop. My only problem will be using up more than half a pound of it before they cart me off to elder care - and I like to use this spice mix a lot.

If you haven't tried Nanami Togarashi before, it is about midway between Piment d'Espelette and fresh ground cayenne pepper in terms of heat, but the blend includes dried orange peel, white and black sesame seed and ginger, so there is a fruity and nutty element to go along with the heat. There aren't too many foods that won't benefit from a dash of it as a finishing spice, and if you are grilling meat, fish or vegetables and want to add heat and complexity, this is really good stuff.



[ 2 Packs ] S&B Nanami ( shichimi ) Togarashi Assorted Chili Pepper 0.52 Oz Review:


I saw a cooking show where different restaurants were visited ( possibly diners, drive-ins, and dives). I saw a chef pull this out and include this spice in a dish he was preparing. I didn't recognize the label, so I paused the screen and studied the label. I compared it to different spice labels that ifoind not eh internet and determined that this is what he was using. I think that it is fun to try new spice mixes. Has a nice chili heat that arrives after the initial consumption. Good for adults, probably too spicy for kids if shaken on food salt and pepper style. I have not tried to mix into recipes to dilute because it is not inexpensive. Fairly distinct flavor profile. I think that it would be fun on popcorn as well. I imagine that someone from Japan would recognize and miss the flavors.
Bon Apetit.



Piment d'Espelette - Red Chili Pepper Powder from France 1.41oz Review:


Piment d'Espelette is a unique product. It is subject to Appellation d'Origine Controlee regulation, which extends the right to use the AOC label only to ten communes in the Basque country in France. The peppers are grown, harvested, dried and prepared subject to strict regulation and, like wine, cheese and other products subject to the AOC, must display the typical "organoleptic characteristics" of the traditionally produced spice. Piment d'Espelette is never strong or screamingly hot, so if you are expecting something akin to Scotch Bonnet peppers, or the acrid bite of "chili pepper" blends, look elsewhere. However, it does have a sweet and smoky aroma, akin to good pimenton or paprika, along with a distinct peppery 'bite' at the finish.

Piment d'Espelette is never inexpensive and it is usually not easy to find in the US, so having this source available is great. I use it in almost everything -- for example, peel and slice cucumbers, toss with a good quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Meyer lemons preferred), a pinch of sugar, a large pinch of fleur de sel or kosher salt, and a pinch of piment d'Espelette. Let the cukes sit in a colander for up to half an hour, tossing occasionally, then serve. Trust me, you will not fail to notice the presence of the piment. It's also great and sufficiently assertive to dress a good sized composed salad with just a pinch in a basic vinaigrette dressing of lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard and grapeseed, walnut or olive oil. Wonderful sprinkled lightly over a platter of carved "rotisserie chicken" from the grocery. Adds a nice edge to rillettes or a terrine. Adds pop to scrambled eggs, quiche... just think of anything you'd like to lend a subtly sweet, smoky and hot red peppery note, and give it a healthy pinch of piment d'Espelette.

Another reviewer reports that he received piment d'Espelette from this source ("Touch of France") that was tasteless. I've not had that experience. I received very fresh piment with the AOC labeling, with aromas and flavors that are perfectly "typique." If you really want to get "fresh," you could go with the whole dried, corded peppers which are also sold subject to the AOC (corded by hand with no fewer than 20 peppers per cord). I like the convenience of the ground piment and recommend this supplier without reservation based on the product I received. The price is about as fair as one can find nowadays, and I bet you can double up on the order for a single shipping charge.

For more about piment d'Espelette generally, you can google piment d'Espelette and you will find the "Site officiel de l'AOC" (alas, for some reason the good folks at Amazon would not allow me to include the URL in this review).