A big pot of chili would be nothing without chili powder. The spice blend is an all-in-one source of flavor, bringing the heat of chiles along with the aromatics of ingredients like garlic and cumin. Since it's a blend of spices, however, no two are created equally and they all contain various quantities of this and that.
We scoured Amazon to see what kind of chili powder game they bring — as always, they bring a strong one. Here are five unique blends that are worth trying in your next pot of chili.
Smoke chili powder in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels and you know you're in for something completely unique. The smoky, nutty notes that enhance this spice blend bring your chili to a whole new level. It's especially great in vegetarian and vegan chili, as that smokiness gives an almost meaty depth to the pot.
2. Spice Islands Gourmet Blends Chili Powder, $15.99
This is a mild chili powder that receives extra-high marks on Amazon for its smooth, distinctive flavor. If you're looking for a super high-quality, timeless blend, this is the one.
3. Watkins Gourmet Chili Powder, $17.49
A gourmet blend of chiles, cumin, garlic, and more all pack up in a super gift-worthy tin that screams hostess gift. It's just spicy enough and has a touch of smokiness to it.
4. Frontier Fiesta Chili Powder, $8.81
What makes this chili powder stand out from the rest is the "fiesta" inside. It's got the usual contenders like chiles and garlic, but it also brings cloves and allspice to the mix (two spices that are rarely seen in most blends). This adds sweet, pungent, warming notes that will leave those digging into your chili wondering what the secret ingredient is.
If a salt-free blend is your jam, this is the one for you. It's got a nice amount of heat to it, thanks to the addition of cayenne pepper, but since it also contains things like parsley and oregano, it feels well-balanced and super versatile.
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