I took a field trip with a few friends to the Penzey’s spice store. (For local Boston readers, it’s on Mass Ave. in Arlington. For central CT readers, there’s a store in West Hartford center.) It’s a mecca of spices – row after row of little jars and bags. I could take in the scents all day!
Santa had been good to me, and I didn’t really need to replenish any spices, but I did pick up a jar of their Chili 3000. It includes ancho chili powder, garlic, cumin, onion, cilantro, paprika, cayenne, lemon peel, Mexican oregano, black pepper, natural smoke flavor, and jalapeno pepper. Whew – that’s a lot of spice!
I wanted to come right home and start whipping up a batch of chili, but I really had a lot in my refrigerator at that point. I also had some pita that were one short step away from stale, so I decided to whip up some pita chips instead! They came out really well, and I love the spice. I didn’t use a lot because I wasn’t sure how hot it would be, but it was totally fine. I can’t wait to make a pot of chili using the spice soon! In the meantime, making these pita chips was fun too.
Chili Pita Chips
Pita, sides separated and cut into triangles
Chili 3000, or other spice blend
Spread a very thin layer of Smart Balance on each chip, and sprinkle seasoning. Bake at 400F for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.