What’s a Good Substitute for Ancho Chili Powder?

October 15, 2015 | By | Comments (2)

20151012_124108Ancho chili powder is the go-to chili powder for authentic Mexican cooking. It’s commonly available and distributed by McCormick, among other brands. Look for it where all the other spices are at the grocery store.

If you don’t want to buy or can’t find ancho chili powder, substitute regular chili powder and a little crushed red pepper. Ancho chili powder is not very spicy, so you don’t need much crushed red pepper to match the heat.

For a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, substitute 1 teaspoon regular chili powder and 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper.

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  1. Light

    INteresting, my comment was deleted. I’ll try to leave it again if anyone sees this erroneous information. This is a bad substitution for one main reason. The vast majority of spices labeled “chili powder” don’t just contain chili powder, they also have oregano, garlic and cumin and sometimes salt. If you try to substitute chili powder + red pepper flakes for ancho in say, a baking recipe, you’re going to end up with something pretty nasty. Furthermore, ancho isn’t in the least bit hot, so red pepper flakes are just plain unnecessary.

    Really enjoy this mag and site, but this information is just wrong and it’s a little sad that my initial comment pointing that out was deleted and this one probably will be too lol.

    October 19, 2015 at 11:08 am
    • Melissa

      Than you for your comment. I haven’t been able to find the powdwr in our area, yet. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on how this info isnt’t correct..it will save me time. No ruined dish. Will keep looking!

      October 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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