This powder is prepared from chilies that are smaller and rounder, and less pungent but give a very vibrant red color to a dish. It can be added to curries, vegetable dishes, tomato sauce, soups and stews in whole, crushed and powdered forms as required by the recipe. Chili powder is used in many different cuisines, including American cuisine, particularly in Tex-Mex, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Portuguese, and Thai. Chili powder blends are the primary flavor ingredient in chili con carne. It is used as a spice to add pungency or piquancy and flavor to dishes.