Chili powder is the product of dried and crushed chili peppers, usually cayenne peppers. It has a deliciously spicy taste and can instantly add a kick and some colour to your dishes. Some chili powders are blended with other spices, including cumin and oregano for a different taste. Pepper has been cultivated in South America for over 7000 years, for both food and medication. 

Chili powders (and peppers) can help with indigestion and acid reflux, thanks to their spice. Chili powder has also been known to clear up a cold and has been said to boost your immune system. Chili peppers and their powder are loaded with vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy eyesight, bones, teeth, and more. Peppers are loaded with capsaicin, which gives them their spice. The more capsaicin in a pepper, the spicier it’ll be. Capsaicin has been known to reduce inflammation in joints and reduce blood cholesterol. 

A lot can be done with chili powder! It can easily be added to any meal to amplify the flavor. Often, people who are trying to cut down on their sodium intake switch out salt for cayenne or chili powder. This powder is great with eggs, soups, meats, and more! You could even try sprinkling it on fruit like cantaloupe for a different, spicy dessert. This powder is fairly easy to find, however, local ethnic stores and markets will often have higher quality, spicier powder than grocery stores. We incorporate this powder into our chili dishes to amp up the spice! We also use it in our Return of the Mac, as it pairs incredibly well with the lentils in the dish.