Chili powder is the dried, pulverized fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper, sometimes with the addition of other spices (when it may be known as chili powder blend). It is used as a spice to add pungency or piquancy and flavor to dishes (Wikipedia, nd).
Since chili powder is made directly from the chili pepper, avoid this spice if you have an allergy to a chili pepper. Additionally, a chili powder blend can contain other spices such as cumin and garlic powder. If you experience an allergic reaction, contact your allergist (Livestrong, 2015).
It is used in many different cuisines, including Tex-Mex, Indian, Chinese, and Korean. Chili powder blends are especially popular in American cuisine, where they are the primary flavor ingredient in chili con carne (Wikipedia, nd).
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