In my family we always make gift baskets filled with homemade foods, treats, or spices. Really, we put in anything delicious that will bring a smile to a person’s face.
Every year I make at least one spice blend. And more than any other blend, my chili powder is the one that I start getting calls about from my friends about a quarter of a way through the year, telling me that they “need” more.
Making your own spice blend is very simple, and unlike chili powders in the store, you have complete control over how savory or spicy the finished flavor is.
My chili powder is a blend of eight spices.
In my chili powder, cumin has the most volume…
This makes it different from a store bought chili powder, which is mainly paprika. I think too much paprika makes chili sweet and slightly bitter.
If you grind red pepper flakes, then you have cayenne pepper. I use crushed red peppers in this recipe because they remain a bit fresher in that form.
And I also use chipotle chili powder, which has a smoky flavor and a milder heat.
Smoked salt and black pepper are inexpensive but add a ton more of the smoky flavor…
Then all you have to do is add all the spices to a bowl and use a whisk to combine!
To package up my chili powder, I found six eight-ounce plastic jars at the dollar store for $1 each.
To fill the jars, I created a makeshift funnel out of cardboard.
If you want to double the amount of gifts this recipe makes, then you could use four-ounce ball jars.
I bought gift tags from Target’s dollar bins—six for $1, and…
Fifteen minutes later I had six homemade jars of Chili Powder ready to gift to my friends and family.
When I went to clean up my project, I realized I could have reused the jars the spices came in, just by gluing a piece of paper over the existing label.
I used a strip of craft paper, glue, and embroidery thread. I think it looks great, creates far less waste and saves you money!
The total cost for all eight gifts was:
6 plastic jars -$6
2 reused jars - free
Gift tags - $1
Paper tag - free (if you use stuff from around the house)
$23/$8= $2.88 each
Either way you package it, you’ve created a unique and thoughtful gift that doesn’t break the bank!
DP's Chili Powder
makes: 8 cups
- 3 cups ground cumin
- 2 cups sweet paprika
- 1 cup garlic powder
- 1 cup onion powder
- ½ cup chipotle chili powder
- ¼ cup crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup smoked salt
- ¼ cup ground smoked black pepper
- Add all the spices to a large bowl and combine using a whisk until the spices are evenly dispersed.
- Transfer the mixture to air tight containers and store in a cool, dark place.
- The chili powder is most flavorful if used within 6 months.