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Chile Powder vs Chili Powder - Do You Know The Difference?

Red Chile PowderOh how I love a good Chile Pepper Chat!

As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I will find a way to add pure, mild New Mexican red chile powder into my daily cooking to flavor soups, make salad dressings, add warmth and flavor to chocolate cakes, and any number of sweet and savory dishes needing that earthy, fruity, unforgettable peppery essence with a little kick of warmth. Think of it as paprika with more depth of flavor.

Chile Powder in the U.S. and particularly in the Southwest is spelled with an ‘e’ at the end. This means it was ground from pure red chiles with no added seasonings such as garlic, onion, or other high FODMAP spices. The label should read: ground red chile, red chile or chiles rojo enteros.

Chili Powder in the U.S. spelled with an ‘i’ at the end is a mixture of pure red chile powder and other seasonings – similar to taco or fajita seasoning. It most likely has onion and garlic powder that can trigger an upset. So read those labels!

That said, I bought Chili Powder with an ‘i’ at a market in Texas and it was pure red chile powder with no added seasonings. So again, it’s always a good idea to read the label for ingredients, as the ‘e’ vs. ‘i’ can change from region to region, state to state.

On the Monash smartphone app red chile powder is listed as : Chilli (chili), red, powdered, and is low FODMAP in 1 teaspoon (2 g) per serving. Monash is constantly testing and retesting foods, which is why we highly recommend purchasing the app where the most current results can be found. 

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