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~Spellcheck Chile, Chili, Chile Powder or Chili Powder~

6a0120a8551282970b01b8d2a04382970cChile, chili, chile powder and/or chili powder.  How these words are spelled is not a regional preference, meaning it doesn't vary willy-nilly from manufacturer to manufacturer, brand to brand or cook to cook.  That said, all too many times they are used interchangeably, but the reality is: they should never be.  The spelling of these words is serious business, and, savvy shoppers know exactly what they are purchasing.  I grow chile peppers in the vegetable garden every year, and, I make a pot of chili or chili con carne several times a year.  I admit to having several jars of carefully-chosen chile powders and chili blends on my spice rack at all times.   It really is all in the spelling.  Once you know what the spelling means, you will know what is is and what's in it.

Once you know what the spelling means...

CHILE:  Spelled with an "e" at the end, refers to the fresh or dried plant or pod or fruit of any member of the pepper family (example:  chile peppers grow in the garden).

CHILI:  Spelled with an "i" at the end, refers to soups, stews and/or sauces made with fresh or dried chile peppers (example:  white chicken chili, chili con carne, chili sauce).

CHILE POWDER:  When spelled with an "e" at the end, means it is a powder made from one or more types of dried chiles exclusively.  This is sometimes referred to or marketed as POWDERED CHILES, or CHILE BLEND (if it contains more than one kind of chile powder).

CHILI POWDER:  When spelled with an "i" at the end means it is a mixture of chile powder and ground, dried spices (common examples:  ground cumin, garlic and/or onion powder), meaning: the manufacturer has added various spices to pure chile powder or a blend of chile powders.

... you will know what it is & what is in it! 

6a0120a8551282970b01b8d2a04382970c"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2022)


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