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Chili Powder Facts: Everything you need to know


Chili powder was invented in the U.S. in the late 19th century. It is a blend of dried chilies that is usually combined with other herbs and spices, such as oregano and cumin seeds.

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Chili powder is an essential ingredient in Tex-Mex cuisine, a cooking-style with origins in Texas that blends Mexican and American influences.

Six reasons to sprinkle some more

  • May help reduce high blood pressure

  • May relieve heartburn caused by acid reflux

  • May be beneficial in promoting weight loss

  • May have strong anti-cancer properties

  • May help reduce inflammation in the body

  • May have powerful antioxidant properties

Moderation is key

Repeated intake at higher doses may cause an uncomfortable burning sensation and stomach pain.


Chili powder is most famously used in chili con carne and Southwestern-style dishes such as nachos and enchiladas. It can also be used as a dry rub for chicken wings or pork ribs.

24 Vitamins and Minerals

  • Betaine

  • Calcium

  • Carotene

  • Choline

  • Copper

  • Folate

  • Iron

  • Lutein

  • Lycopene

  • Magnesium

  • Manganese

  • Niacin

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

  • Riboflavin

  • Selenium

  • Sodium

  • Thiamin

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin B-6

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin K

  • Zinc

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