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ISO - Your favorite chili powder?

Jeryy Apr 23, 2011 03:03 PM

Hi - I want to cook up a batch, ( a couple of gallons) of chili, but I find the McCormick's supermarket chili powder to be less than flavorful. And I can't seem to find Wick Fowler's here. Anybody got some good suggestions on the West Side? Thanks.

  1. Professor Salt Apr 25, 2011 01:49 PM

    I like the blends that Surfas sells. They have a light and a dark chili powder, both of which are good. They sell it in 1 pound plastic containers with the shaky-lids.

    1. Boston_Otter Apr 25, 2011 08:47 AM

      Ditto folks here recommending Penzeys. I like their Chili 9000 personally.

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        WildSwede Apr 25, 2011 12:55 PM

        Me too! That's the one I currently have in my cupboard!

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          DiveFan Apr 26, 2011 02:22 PM

          I agree with the suggestion to visit Penzeys and blend your own or use one of their blends. In descending order a combo of chile ancho, guajillo, New Mexico, cumin, and garlic is a good place to start. There are some previous topics on this if the Search engine works for you.
          Here is a pretty good one from the Chow database:

          The cost of a commercial 'chili powder' (like Gebhardt) for gallons of chili will be needlessly expensive. You also don't know how long it has been in the supply chain 'pipeline'.
          The chili powders available from IndoPak markets are usually of undefined content; to me they seem to be a fairly pure kind of very hot chile, but they could contain a lot of salt or filler.

          For pure chile, don't overlook the little cel packets available everywhere but be very critical of the appearance. If it looks old, pass on it.

        2. Moose Apr 25, 2011 08:43 AM

          Short of making your own chili powder, Red Lion makes some wonderful product I have enjoyed a great deal:


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            apple7blue Apr 24, 2011 10:38 AM

            I like the kind from Indian markets. They are actually hot and flavorful.

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              maxzook Apr 25, 2011 09:05 AM

              Ditto to that ... I just wish I could find a store that sold Indian-style chili powder in smaller quantities. I don't cook chili that often, and even after transferring the sack to an opaque container, by the time I finish it the heat - and most of the flavor - is long gone. And no, I don't have enough freezer space.

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                WildSwede Apr 25, 2011 12:54 PM

                Completely agree!

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                  apple7blue May 2, 2011 11:58 AM

                  Buy it with friends and split it.

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              Burger Boy Apr 24, 2011 10:36 AM

              Gebhardts is a good chili powder but Penzey's has some really good mixes. I would google award winning chili and see what blends of chiles they use in their recipes.

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                sdv231 Apr 24, 2011 06:50 PM

                2nd Gebhardts

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                  Morris Malken Apr 25, 2011 01:42 PM

                  3rd Gebhardts. Great chili powder.

                2. westsidegal Apr 23, 2011 03:13 PM

                  Go to Penzeys in santa monica, do not pass go.
                  1347 4th St (310) 917-5577. Mon.-Sat.: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

                  1. Jay F Apr 23, 2011 03:11 PM

                    There's a Penzey's in Santa Monica. http://www.penzeys.com/scstore/stores/santamonica.html

                    I use their ground anchos most frequently, and a little cumin, but you have a lot of choices:



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