I sometimes need to spice up something that tastes sort of blaze. So what I use is chili powder. One reason I use it because someone else posted somewhere that they used it and liked it. What spice is your favorite to spice up a dish?
Too perk up a dish, I often use garlic, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and sometimes, I cut a chilli pepper in half, the long way and fry it in the oil I will be using to fry the main dish in. I may or may not include the chilli pepper in the dish.
Peppers are my favorite - a day rarely goes by that I don't eat something with at least one of these peppers in it! Garlic, close to it, but chiles are definitely #1. If I had to pick the one I use the most it would be the Thai/jyoti - the short, very hot peppers, in many types of food whole, and I crush them for pepper flakes, and grind them for a cayenne substitute. I don't buy chili powder with garlic, cumin, and Oregano added - I'll add those, if I want them, as needed. However, these are my favorite pure chili powders, that I mix, to make chili and the like:
Texas Red Dog
Here are all of the peppers in my pantry (maybe - haven't updated it since last summer):
All dry peppers
*= also in the freezer
Fresno *(only frozen)
White Bullet Habanero*