This jalapeno powder is the easiest spice recipe you'll ever make, and it's so versatile. Powdered jalapeno can be added to almost anything to give it a kick of earthy heat.
I love spicy food, although not as spicy as my husband does. That's why I love adding powdered jalapeno to our dishes. I can add a little to the entire dish to add a touch of heat, and he can dump as much as he wants on his food to torture himself for some reason that I still don't understand.
This was inspired by my smoked jalapeno recipe. I loved the way the flavors concentrated when we smoked them, and I thought I'd give drying and powdering them a try too.
It worked out great. So great that I had to share it with you.
Adding a teaspoon of powdered jalapeno is preferable to chopping the peppers up, in our opinion. The hint of jalapeno is everywhere. Not just when you bite into a pepper.
It only takes one ingredient to make this ground jalapeno recipe. Talk about easy!
See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.
How to Make Jalapeno Powder
Making this powdered jalapeno chile recipe is just as easy as the ingredient list. It's super simple.
Step 1: Dry the Jalapenos
Step 2: Grind
Place the dried jalapenos in a spice or coffee grinder and grind them into a fine powder.
Hint: ALWAYS keeps your hands away from your face when working with hot peppers.
Don't have the jalapeno peppers on hand or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change this powdered jalapeno recipe.
- Your Favorite Peppers - Use any of your favorite hot peppers for this recipe.
Want to personalize this jalapeno powder recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Blend - Dry more than one kind of hot pepper and create your own personal spice blend
- Red Pepper Flakes - Add some to your powder for texture and additional heat
- Leave Sliced - Skip the grind and store the dried jalapenos in thin slices
- Make Flakes - Skip the grind and break up the sliced jalapenos into small pieces
It only takes one piece of equipment to make this powder.
- Spice grinder or coffee grinder
You can store jalapeno powder in an air-tight container in a cool, dry, dark place for up to a year.
This recipe is so simple, the only tips I have are for safety rather than cooking. Do not skip these if you want to avoid some major pain!
- Always wear gloves when working with hot peppers.
- Never, never, EVER touch your face when working with hot peppers.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 30 seconds with soapy water after working with hot peppers.
Do you have questions about jalapeno powder? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about powdered jalapeno.
It will keep for up to a year in a tightly-sealed container in a cool, dry, dark place, but for best results, use it within 6 months.
A mason jar with a tight lid works best.
Provides more consistent heat when added to chili, stews, cheese bread, corn muffins, sauces, ground taco meat, eggs, or popcorn. Basically, wherever you use pepper, cayenne, chile powder, chili powder or smoked paprika try using some jalapeno powder instead to change things up.
More Jalapeno Recipes
Do you like jalapenos? Here are some recipes you may also like to try.
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Jalapeno Popper Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- Jalapeno Cheeseburger Sliders with Spicy Mayo
Ready to get cooking? Remember that you can print this recipe if you would like.
- 1 cup dried jalapeno slices or flakes or 4 smoked jalapenos