Add a flavorful kick to any dish with this spicy green chile powder that you can make easily at home with your garden bounty of fresh green chiles.
It may come as a shock to many, but making your own green chile powder really is a real thing. It has a flavor that far outrivals its red chile counterparts.
While you can buy it in packages online, it’s actually very simple to make yourself and quite affordable, too. You can use any type of green chiles, from anaheim to jalapeño. All it takes is a dehydrator and a few hours, or dry them over the course of a few days where you have some sun.
Drying Green Chiles
Any amount of green chiles can be used for making green chile powder, but it certainly does take a considerable amount of fresh green chiles to get a few ounces of powder.
Get started by removing the stems and seeds of the green chiles and slicing them into thin strips or small pieces. Simply place them on your dehydrator trays, making sure they are well-spaced.
Set your dehydrator on 125 degrees F and dehydrate the chiles for 10-12 hours. The chiles should be hard and brittle when they are completely dry. If you need additional time, then go another hour.
Once they are Dry
Once your green chiles are dry, place them in a spice grinder that you use exclusively for spices. Be careful not to overfill your grinder — you may have to do two batches. Grind until the chiles are a fine powder, then funnel into a clean spice jar.
Use the finished green chile powder as you would regular spices. You can use as a rub for meat, as a flavor enhancer in soups or sauces or added to yogurt cheese for a spicy kick.
Green chile powder is different from red chile powder in fact that it doesn’t impart as much of a color as red chile. Green chile powder has more of an earthy flavor than other red chile powders – like chipotle. While chipotle chile powder has more of a roasted, smoky flavor, green chile powder does not. Not to mention that the color is much more muted.
I love using green chile powder as a rub for pork loin and chicken. It’s especially great when you turn and use that pork in homemade posole. It’s so delicious!