Do you love chili so much that you constantly run out of chili powder in the kitchen? This is totally my case! Or, perhaps you simply can’t tolerate the level of heat chili powder brings to your dishes? Either way, these top chili powder substitutes will serve as a basis for making your decision on what you’ll want to substitute your chili powder with.
Here, you’ll read about two types of chili substitutes. The first one being a substitute for hot chili powder, when you are looking for the same level of heat. The second being a mild chili substitute if you want a soft punch of flavour. In addition, the mild substitute might be necessary for you if you are cooking for children. So, which ever of these chili powder substitutes you select, make sure you have them in your kitchen cupboard. Enjoy!
15 chili powder substitutes
Three things come to mind when one thinks of chili. Firstly, when I hear chili I think about my delicious venison chili recipe. Secondly, I think of fresh chili peppers, and lastly chili powder comes to mind. So, to clarify, in this article we’ll focus on chili powder substitutes.
In summary, chili powder is dried or ground varieties of chili peppers. You might also know it as chili powder blend, chili or chili seasoning mix. In British English literature, the word is spelt with two ‘l’s, as in “chilli”. In contrast, the American spelling calls for a single “l”.
Chili powder is vastly used in a variety of cuisines from around the world. Especially, those of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Korean and more. In fact, I don’t know a single cuisine which doesn’t involve the use of chili powder.
In either case, all sorts of chili peppers can make up chili powder. Some of the most popular varieties include:
- allepo peppers
- ancho chili peppers
- cayenne peppers
- Korean red chili peppers, and many more
how to use chili powder
I am confident that you’ve used chili powder in some recipes. I’ll give you some examples of how I like to cook with chili powder. For instance:
- I like to add it to my lovely curry base sauce for many of my delicious British Indian curry recipes.
- Also, I like to sprinkle it on my salt and chilli chips recipe or my salt and chilli chicken.
- Why not sprinkle some chili powder over this delicious chilli prawn pasta recipe?
- I also like to add it into various dips and sauces like this chilli and lime yoghurt dip.
- Or, one of my favourite summer recipes of all, I love to add chili powder in my grilled sweetcorn with feta and chilli.
- Lastly, I love to add a pinch of chili powder into meaty stews, such as chicken caldereta.
what’s a good chilli powder substitute?
Let’s take a look on some milder chili powder substitutes.
How do you like to use chili powder? Do you have a favourite recipe in mind?
substitute for chili powder in taco seasoning
The best chili powder substitutes here are definitely chipotle pepper powder, ancho pepper powder as well as tabasco sauce. Also, let’s not forget jalapeno powder and pickled jalapenos. They make excellent seasoning alternatives for Mexican recipes like tacos.
how to make chili without chili powder
You can easily make a meaty chili recipe with any one of these 15 chili powder substitutes. Pick anyone depending on the heat and I guarantee you that you’ll be satisfied!