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