Food Reviews

June 15, 2007

Chili Today - Hot Tamale

Ancho Chili DustI like spicy foods, but not too spicy, so when I am cooking any recipe that calls for hot ingredients I measure carefully. For me usually 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder is enough. For a lot of folks that wouldn�t seem even a little bit spicy.

I keep a lot of spices on hand for hot foods, including the basics like cumin (both ground and seeds), chili powder and cayenne pepper. I have a favorite brand of chili powders that I use when I want heat but also a little different flavor.

Habanero DustThe Chili Today - Hot Tamale brand (great name!) is just fantastic. They make a line of chili powders from specific chilies. My personal favorite is the Ancho Chili Powder. Ancho chilies are dried poblano peppers and are slightly sweet, and this chili powder has the same great flavor. For a more intense heat they make one from the hottest chili going -- Habanero Powder.

There�s other chili powders in their line and the Chipotle Chili Powder (made from smoked jalapenos) is also tasty. You can buy these at some grocery chains, but more often you�ll see them in specialty stores. They�re are also available online at:

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