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28 August 2018

Learn how to dehydrate your chili peppers with a dehydrator and grind them into homemade chili powders. Here is the recipe method, from the author of “The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook”.

Dehydrating your chili pepper harvest is an excellent way to preserve your peppers. You can easily crush them or grind them into powders for use all year long. The method is very simple with a dehydrator. Check out the video below.

What can you do with your dried chili peppers?

Grind them up to make your own chili powder, which is like cayenne powder, or keep them whole and use them as you might use a sun dried tomato. They can be rehydrated with hot water and go great with many chili pepper recipes.

How to Dehydrate Chili Peppers to Make Homemade Chili Powders - Here is some chili powder

How to Dehydrate Chili Peppers to Make Chili Powders and Seasonings – The Recipe Method

First, wash and dry your chili peppers. Choose only fresh peppers. If they show any signs of rotting, throw them away.

Next, wearing gloves, remove the stems and slice the thicker peppers into rings and thinner peppers in half. Leave them whole if you prefer, but they will take much longer to dehydrate. The gloves are important when working with peppers because the oils from the peppers can burn your skin, and the pain can linger.

Need help? How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin.

Place the peppers on the trays of the dehydrator. Spread them out evenly so the heat can distribute properly.

Turn on the dehydrator at 135-140 degrees F, or whatever setting your dehydrator recommends.

NOTE: I like to place my dehydrator in the garage because it will release fumes over time and you will notice the odor. Let the dehydrator sit anywhere from 5 hours to overnight. It will very likely take longer than 5 hours, but much depends on the thickness of the pepper walls and how many peppers you’re working with.

I personally turn mine on when I go to bed and check it in the morning. The peppers are usually dried by morning, but if not, just leave them in longer until they are dried.

Once they are dried, remove and grind them into a powder using a spice or coffee grinder. Strain out the powder and process the larger chunks until only chili powder remains.

Safety Advice

When working with hotter peppers, including superhots, it is important to wear gloves when handling the peppers both in raw and dried forms. The oils can get on your skin and cause burning sensations. See above.

Need help? How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin.

Also, the powders are quite fine and may get into the air if you are not working in a well ventilated room, so you may want to wear a mask and goggles. Superhot chili peppers, truly, are called superhots for a reason.

Storing Chili Powders and Other Fresh Seasonings

Store the chili powder in baggies or containers, or use as you wish. Keep it in a dark place, like your pantry, for freshness.

How Much Chili Powder Comes from Fresh Peppers?

1 pound of fresh chili peppers will yield about 4 ounces dried pods. Ground down, it should yield 3/4 cup chili powder.

These are the products that I use to dehydrate chili peppers and make blends, and I personally recommend them. They are affiliate links – just an FYI. If you use them, let me know if you have any questions and I can help. Email me anytime.

Try Some of My Seasonings/Powders Made from Dehydrated Peppers

Mike’s Recommended Products

Other Resources

More About Dehydrating

If you enjoy dehydrating chili peppers and other foods, I hope you will check out my cookbook, “The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook“. It is filled with recipes, information and techniques for making not only homemade chili powders and other spice blends, but recipes for making jerky, fruit and hot sauce leathers, healthy snacks, entire meals and so much more.

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

How to Dehydrate Chili Peppers to Make Homemade Chili Powders
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How to Dehydrate Chili Peppers to Make Chili Powder - Recipe Method

Learn how to dehydrate your chili peppers with a dehydrator and grind them into homemade chili powders. Here is the recipe method.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili peppers, powder, seasoning, spices
Servings: 10
Calories: 14kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh chili pepper pods

Instructions

  • Wash and dry your chili peppers. Choose only fresh peppers. If they show any signs of rotting, throw them away.
  • Wearing gloves, remove the stems and slice the thicker peppers into rings and thinner peppers in half. Leave them whole if you prefer, but they will take much longer to dehydrate. SEE NOTES.
  • Place the peppers on the trays of the dehydrator. Spread them out evenly so the heat can distribute properly.
  • Turn on the dehydrator at 135-140 degrees F, or whatever setting your dehydrator recommends. 
  • Once they are dried, remove and grind them with a spice grinder until they are a fine powder. Store the powders in baggies or containers, or use as you wish. Keep them in a dark place, like your pantry, for freshness.

Video

Notes

1 pound of fresh chili peppers will yield about 4 ounces dried pods. Ground down, it should yield 3/4 cup chili powder.
NOTE: I like to place my dehydrator in the garage because it will release fumes over time and you will notice the odor. Let the dehydrator sit anywhere from 5 hours to overnight. It will very likely take longer than 5 hours, but much depends on the thickness of the pepper walls and how many peppers you're working with. I personally turn mine on when I go to bed and check it in the morning. The peppers are usually dried by morning, but if not, just leave them in longer until they are dried. 
NOTE 2: The gloves are important when working with peppers because the oils from the peppers can burn your skin, and the pain can linger. Need help? How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin.

Nutrition

Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 20.4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg

This post was updated on 8/28/18 to include new photos and recipe card. Originally posted on 4/14/14.

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