DIY Ground Hot Red Pepper

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I’ve been doing this for the past couple of years and will swear that it tastes better when I make my own ground hot red pepper. It is very simple to make and ends up being pretty cheap too. I’ve grown my own before, but generally I get my dried peppers from a Lebanese grocery store though any place that sells whole dried red peppers will do. This is a two step process that results in fine ground hot red pepper.


  • Food Processor
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Shaker (I use something similar to a Parmesan cheese container with the combo shaker and scoop openings)


  1. Put your dried peppers in a food processor and chop until it is all fairly uniform in size close to that of the seeds.
  2. Move as much of it to your coffee grinder as will fit and grind until fine.
  3. Dump into your shaker container and repeat grinding until all peppers are ground.

    The finished can make as fine as your coffee grinder and you want it.

Tip #1: Don’t skip the food processor step because the coffee grinder has trouble with the big pieces and you won’t end up with uniformly ground pepper.

Tip #2: If you grow your own hot peppers you can dry them either by hanging in a low humidity room until completely dried or use a food dehydrator (recommended)

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