Smoky, deeply-flavored chili paste is a cinch to make at home with dried chilies of your choice. Recipe makes about 3/4 cup chili paste (enough for 1 batch of Texas-Style Chili
For MILD TO MEDIUM chili paste:
I use a combination of dried Anaheim chilies and Ancho. If you want a very mild spice level
, omit the chipotle pepper from the recipe.
For SPICY chili paste:
Substitute 2-3 Arbols in your dried chili mix.
Wear gloves and wash your hands after handling chilies
. Avoid touching your eyes. Spicy chilies can cause eye irritation and sometimes coughing, depending on how high they fall on the Scoville scale. If you're using hot chilies
and/or are sensitive, consider wearing goggles when working with them
Read more about chili handling safety in the blog post above.