What is it?
Pasilla powder is made up purely of dried and ground pasilla chiles (as opposed to standard “chili powder,” which is actually a mix of ground chiles with several spices like oregano, garlic powder, and cumin). It has a moderate heat level with fruity undertones.
Don’t have it?
Substitute crumbled pasilla chiles, or another pure chile powder, such as ancho, for a slightly different flavor profile.
Chili purists may scorn the inclusion of onions, beer, and unsweetened chocolate, but they give this chili an unbelievable depth of flavor. Toasting and grinding your spices fresh is an…