Chili Powder, an American innovation was created in our own Southwest about a century ago as a convenient seasoning for "Tex-Mex" dishes. it is a blend of spices consisting of chili pepper as the basic ingredient, plus ground cumin seed, ground oregano, powdered garlic, and usually salt. other seasonings are sometimes added, such as ground cloves, ground allspice, and occasionally powdered onion. Besides being a basic seasoning for Americanized Mexican cooking, such as chili con carne, Chili Powder is good in shellfish and oyster cocktail sauces, hard-broiled and scrambled eggs, gravy and stew seasoning. Excellent, too, in ground meat or hamburgers.
Made from hot red chilies, chili powder may also contain cumin, oregano and garlic. The hotness varies, so use it with caution. As well as main-course dishes, it adds zest to barbecue sauces, dips, spreads, salad dressings, bread and croutons