General Description: Chili Powder is made of a mix of various ingredients consisting of: dried ground chili peppers, cumin, garlic and oregano. Not to be confused with "Chile Powder" which is simply dried and ground Chile Peppers. Many people enjoy making their own chili powder blends, but you can find an abundance of Chili Powders commercially available.
Uses: As the name suggests, chili powder is used to flavor chili. It is also used often in Mexican dishes and spice rubs.
History: Two men are generally credited with inventing Chili Powder. D.C. Pandry and William Gebhardt. Pandry was a grocery supply distributer in Fort Worth Texas and marketed his own line of chili powder to local restaurants in 1890. Gebhardt owned a cafe in New Braunfels, Texas and served chili made with his own chili powder blend. He started selling his chili powder in 1894 under the brand name Gebhardt's Eagle Brand Chili Powder.
Origin: United States
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years