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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.

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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