In looking around on the web, chili powder and chile powder seem to be used interchangeably – even Wikipedia failed me, but I believe they are very different spices. But let me back up a step further, and remember this is just me and represents no official definitions - even though it should J
If you’ve been around my blog awhile, you know it is just a journal on which I avoid religion and politics and have no advertising or vendor associations. Obviously, others have a different role for their blogs, such as revenue generation, railing about issues, etc, becoming famous Ala Pioneer Woman, etc. - that’s just not mine, although I may occasionally do a little railing J.
Besides a country, a chile is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum and when these fruits are dried and ground they are chile powder. Chili, on the other hand is a stew made from meat and peppers and often many other things, but that’s a whole nother can of worms. This stew is frequently seasoned with a combination of spices that when mixed together is called chili powder.
We make pretty good chili around here, but ours is more of a soup containing sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, ground beef, beans, and seasoned with chili powder, additional cayenne, S&P. So if you want to say that this really isn’t chili, I won’t argue – remember, I’m the same way when it comes to what is real BBQ. And this chili should not be confused with hot dog sauce, which is also called chili in some parts.
Having said all of this here are some links and shots of some of our chili efforts.
However, I like the idea of a giveaway to those of you who stop by my blog, so I am giving to three readers a one pint jar of the chili powder I’ve been making for several years and is enjoyed by friends and family.
It contains the following dried ingredients chipotle chile powder, ancho chile powder (home grown if I have it), garlic powder, cumin, Mexican oregano, paprika, onion powder, cilantro, and thyme. It contains no salt, pepper, or cayenne as I like to add them to the chili to taste. I also see it as a base to build from by adding more of some of the ingredients, or other ingredients, to suit your taste.
To enter, just leave a comment advising you will try it - you could also tell us what type of chili you make, then I’ll get someone to teach me how to do that random number generator thingy to select the winners. The drawing will be on Wednesday (5/24/12) and you can get one entry for each day you leave any comment (one/day) until 12am EDT Tuesday (5/23/12) – seven entries possible. I'll make the chili powder fresh after the drawing.
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