How to Make Habanero Powder

Our garden this year was a major fail. I’m not quite sure what happened but pretty much everything we attempted to grow pretty much did the opposite. The only thing that seemed to grow was our tomatoes but even they didn’t get a good crop. I had planned to do a lot of canning and garden related tasks this year and none of it panned out thanks to our poor yield. Luckily I was able to do something garden and homemaking related. thanks to a neighbor who dropped FULL bags at our door step. Making our own Chili and Habanero Powder.

How to Make Habanero Powder


Learning how to make habanero powder was something that we did last year. The flavor is outstanding but I have to warn you. If you’re going to make your own Habanero Powder from fresh habanero powders you’re going to need plastic gloves and something to cover your nose and mouth like a bandanna. These peppers are SUPER strong so it doesn’t always make them the easiest to work with but it’ll be worth it.

Start by removing the stems and slicing them in half. Then arrange them onto a tray in your dehydrator.  We got ours for $5 at a local thrift store. It’s one of our most favorite thrifty purchases! Alternatively if you don’t have a dehydrator you can use your oven on the lowest setting.

cut up habanero peppers

This is the longest part. It will take a decent amount of time to these completely dry. Time will vary depending on what method you’re using, your dehydrator and how many trays you have filled. We had ours filled to capacity so it took our last batch over 30 hours to be finished. Once they’re finished they’ll look small and shriveled up!

dehydrated habanero powders

Once they’re done transfer to your blender.  I recommend placing a damp paper towel or kitchen towel over the top to avoid the fine powder getting out. We use this BlendTec. Pulse until it’s become a consistency that you like. Since a little goes a long way I suggest getting it has fine as you can. This pictured below is a little coarser than the previous batch I did.

blended dyhrdated habanero


Pour the powder into a mason jar and seal. Make sure you label this, you don’t want anyone to mistake it for something else, even chili powder because it is much hotter.

how to make habanero powder


A little goes a long way to spice up your favorite dish so start small! This Habanero Powder would make a great addition to your spicy chili!

How to Make Habanero Powder


Habanero Chilis


  1. Cut off the stems of the habanero chilis and toss.
  2. Slice habanero chilis getting rid of any parts that seem to have molded (black seeds).
  3. Place habanero chilis in a single layer onto dehydrator trays.
  4. Dehydrate until all the water is completely gone and they are small and shriveled.
  5. Blend until a fine powder has been made.
  6. Store in a Mason jar for future use.
  7. Enjoy!

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