Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

After making a big ole batch of bell pepper powder using my dehydrator I decided I need to kick things up a bit. Not crazy over-the-top kicked up, but something a bit spicier. I’m a big fan of poblano peppers. They aren’t super hot and they have such great pepper flavor. I love them stuffed, roasted, sliced on a sandwich, however. And now, I love them dried. Poblano pepper powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro is perfect for seasoning my favorite dishes.
Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster ProDried poblanos can still pack a punch, so when you go to cutting them up make sure you wash your hands good (or use rubber gloves) when you’re done. And when you grind the dried peppers, watch out for that dust. It’ll wake you up and wake you up quick.

I keep my dried powders in Mason jars that I vacuum seal using an attachment for my sealer. They keep forever. You just need to remember to re-seal the jars after removing the powder to use in a dish.

You can also make bell pepper powder.

Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 15 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Poblano peppers I used a mix of 4 each of green, yellow, orange and red. I was able to fit approximately 2 peppers per Nesco Snackmaster Pro tray

Instructions

  • Set your dehydrator to 135 F.
  • Rinse the peppers. Remove the stems and seeds and cut into chunks. If you are not using screen trays you'll want to cut fairly large pieces so they do not fall between the trays.
  • Dehydrate for 12-16 hours. Rotate the trays every 2 hours if possible.
  • Once all the peppers are dry and a bit crisp remove and let cool.
  • Process the peppers in the grinder until they form a fine powder. If some pieces of pepper do not grind return them to the dehydrator for another hour or so until crisp.
  • Keep the powder in an air-tight container. I place mine in a Mason jar, cover it, then use a vacuum-sealer attachment specifically for jars to remove all of the air.

Bell Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Although I truly do love making jerky on my dehydrator. it’s actually not the main reason I bought it. I got it to dry herbs and vegetables to make my own spice mixes. This bell pepper powder made on my Nesco Snackmaster Pro dehydrator was my first attempt, and boy, is it ever amazing.
Bell Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster ProI cannot wait to use this powder in everything from omlets, to burgers, to chili. It has a great peppery sweetness to it. You could easily substitute it for black pepper in a lot of cases.

After drying the chopped peppers for 24 hours I ground them using a blade coffee grinder (not the burr grinder). Not all of the peppers would go thru the grinder (they were still a bit moist) so I returned them to the dehydrator for just a bit.

The final product went into Mason jars with lids and then vacuum-sealed using a jar attachment for a vacuum sealer. You just have to remember that after you open the jar to remove some of the powder you’ll need to re-seal it. No big deal and well worth the effort.

Also try making poblano pepper powder and onion powder on your Nesco Snackmaster Pro. They’re as easy as easy gets!

Bell Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

You'll need the following. A dehydrator with screen trays (I use a Nesco Snackmaster Pro), a blade coffee grinder (not a burr grinder) air-right containers or vacuum-sealed jars (I use a canning jar attachment on my vacuum sealer) additional trays, if required (my Nesco Snackmaster Pro came with 5, I purchased more so I can have 8 or more trays going at once).
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bell peppers I was able to fit approximately 2 peppers per Nesco Snackmaster Pro tray

Instructions

  • Set your dehydrator to 135 F.
  • Rinse the peppers. Remove the stems and seeds and cut into chunks. If you are not using screen trays you'll want to cut fairly large pieces so they do not fall between the trays.
  • Dehydrate for 18-24 hours. Rotate the trays every 2 hours if possible.
  • Once all the peppers are dry and a bit crisp remove and let cool.
  • Process the peppers in the grinder until they form a fine powder. If some pieces of pepper do not grind return them to the dehydrator for another hour or so until crisp.
  • Keep the powder in an air-tight container. I place mine in a Mason jar, cover it, then use a vacuum-sealer attachment specifically for jars to remove all of the air.

Guacamole Spice Mix

I looked up ‘guacamole’ on Wikipedia. Why? I wanted to see if just adding a spice mix to smashed avocados actually qualifies as ‘guacamole’. And yes, it does. This guacamole spice mix is a great substitute for fresh-made guacamole.

Guacamole Spice MixThe great thing about this mix is that it uses items right out of my pantry. Ready to make at any time. Easy and fast, and great on a hot dog (I love the contrast of the cool guacamole and a warm dog!) or as a dip for warmed tortilla chips. And it has some kick to it (it has to if I’m going to eat it). If you love guacamole, you’ll love this spice mix. If you happen across some Hatch chiles, make my spicy green chile guacamole!

Also try my dry onion soup mix.

Guacamole Spice Mix

Course Spice Mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.
  • To make guacamole add 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of mix, to taste, to mashed avocados and combine.
  • (Optional) Add diced Roma tomatoes and the juice of half a lemon
  • Serve immediately.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust Mix

This is a copycat of the Prairie Dust spice mix the Longhorn Steakhouse uses in many of its dishes. It has a nice complex flavor with a little heat, and is perfect on steak, chicken, seafood, veggies, and baked potatoes.

I made a fantastic copycat version of Longhorn Steakhouse’s Wild West Shrimp with this mix. The shrimp had a wonderful flavor. They sure didn’t last long.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust MixThe recipe makes just a few tablespoons of mix. I usually make a much bigger batch and keep it in the pantry in an air-tight container.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust Mix

Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use.