How to make jalapeno powder from scratch is here! You just need an oven and grinder for this spicy seasoning that is great in all recipes.
Jalapeno powder seasoning is the bomb! If you love adding heat to your recipes this is a great way to do just that. Make it cheap at home and store it for up to a year this way. Have it on hand to use in all your favorite dishes. (affiliate links present)
Let’s skip the preservatives and make our own powdered jalapenos shall we? There are always weird ingredients if you look on the back of your spice bottles, this way it is pure and just ONE thing. Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, or save money you will achieve both of them with these simple instructions.
If you have ever bought these types of peppers at the store you know they are pretty inexpensive, but don’t last forever. For those who use them quite often it can be a pain going to the store for just this. Following this recipe you can make sliced dehydrated jalapenos peppers and grind them as well into a fine pepper powder. Both are great for cooking.
Jalapeno Powder Uses
I mean whatever you want to become spicy you can use this in. Just a few suggestions would be to add a pinch into your Instant Pot chili, add a bit into your Mexican cornbread, in salsa, a number of different types of sauces, stew, and taco meat. If you are cooking meat for dinner and you want to heat it up sprinkle a bit on your chicken breast or pork chops too.
You don’t need much either. Depending on how daring you are, usually 1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon is where it’s at. Nice thing about making this yourself is you really can adjust the heat level to your liking. In case you have never worked with these before the seeds are where the spicy is.
If you remove them all they will still have the great flavor you love but become quite mild in nature. Leave them all in for a spicier addition, or leave some for medium heat. Take your pick. Very similar to hatch chiles really, except those have a membrane you have to get rid of too.
Jalapeno Seasoning Powder
I do have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can print and keep that handy in your folder or box if you would like. Here is a quick step by step to take a peek at here though first.
- You start off by making dried jalapeno in the oven
- Preheat oven to 200 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice peppers into 1/8 inch pieces after removing stem.
- Lay on baking sheet and bake for 2 hours or until hard and crispy.
- Then allow dried jalapenos to cool completely to room temperature, and then add into spice grinder.
- Pulse to grind until they are as fine as you’d like them to be.
- Store in airtight container
Is jalapeno powder spicy?
Um yes, that is the whole point. I mean the whole word pepper means it will have heat to it. They all have a broad range to them though, depending on the type. Ghost is the hottest, to red peppers and all the way down to bell peppers which can be on the sweet side a bit actually.
How Hot is Jalapeno Powder?
If you are familiar with the pepper Scoville rating, these fall into the range of 2,500-5,000 heat units, similar to roasted jalapeno. Much hotter than your traditional chili powder in the bottle, or red hot sauce. I would suggest grinding into a very fine powder so there aren’t any chunks that surprise you.
You would use these same steps with any other chili peppers you wanted to make into a powder recipe of sorts. Just use your favorite peppers, adjust how many seeds are left in, slice fine, bake at 200 so they dry. It will take a few hours for most hot peppers to get hard.
You always want it to completely cool before bagging or maintain the flavor and heat, as well as keep them hard. Any moisture left will start to seep out and make your jalapeño powder damp. The result of this will be mold and you’ll have to throw out your entire batch, no good.
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- 4 jalapeno
- Preheat oven to 200 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice peppers into 1/8 inch pieces after removing stem.
- Lay on baking sheet and bake for 2 hours or until hard and crispy. Allow to cool and then add into spice grinder.
- Pulse to grind until they are as fine as you'd like them to be. Store in airtight container.