Difference between chili powder and cayenne powder

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jill thornley

Difference between chili powder and cayenne powder

What is the difference between chili powder and cayenne powder? Which is hotter? I have bought each in powder form and wonder whether they are interchangeable. If there is a difference in the heat, then what else makes them different from one another?

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Welshcookie

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is the dried and ground product of one kind of chilli.

Chilli powder can be a blend of dried and ground chillies plus other ground spices, depending on the make.

Cayenne is, I think, always hot. Chilli powder can vary for mild to hot depending on the blend.

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jill thornley

Difference between chili pwder and cayenne powder

So I suppose I could interchange them then? Thanks for your help.

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Welshcookie

Cayenne

Well, not exactly, they are different.

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Queen of Puds

Chilli powder

The little Shwartz pots/supermarket pots are usually very mild - I would use a tsp or two per 200g minced beef for a standard chilli con carne.

The larger pot of chilli powder I bought from my local Indian supermarket was less than a third of the price for 10 x as much & it is 3 x as hot. I use a scant half tsp in same quantity of minced beef with this.

Also, I was also under the impression that chilli powder & cayenne were the same thing - so I have learned something today, although to all intents & purposes, they are both made of chillis - which makes them the same from my perspective (in terms of what I will use them for anyway)??

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Linzechris

Difference between chili powder and cayenne powder

As Welsh Cookie rightly points out, 'Chilli Powder' often contains cumin in the pot as well as the actual chilli powder especially if it is mild.
Although all chilli peppers taste a bit different and have varying degrees of heat I am sure that if you used cayenne from a pot instead of chilli powderfrom a pot to make a chilli con carne the end result would not differ that much.

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jill thornley

Difference between chili powder and cayenne powder

Many thanks for all your info'.

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John S.

chili powder

There are two kinds of chilli powder, Asian and not to be confused with Mexican type, Asian is ground dried chillies and as hot as Hades, Mexican is a blend of spices (includes a good percentage of cumin) and is very mild in comparrison to Asian, they are not interchangable.
Ground cayenne is what the name suggests, ground dried cayenne peppers and similar in capsaicin content to Asian chilli powder.
There is also hot paprika that can also be very very hot.

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jill thornley

Difference between chili powder and cayenne powder

Many thx - I will bear all that in mind.

 
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