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This homemade chili seasoning mix recipe combines chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper for a flavor-packed and budget-friendly DIY spice blend.
For another DIY spice blend try our apple pie spice recipe.
Rather than rely on those little packets of seasoning mixes from the store, I prefer to make my own.
Not only does making homemade seasoning for chili save money, but it also allows you to know and control exactly what ingredients are in the mix.
Use the DIY seasoning blend for slow cooker chili, casseroles, chili mac, hot dog chili, tacos, and more. It is also great for adding flavor to baked potatoes, french fries, and steamed veggies such as broccoli or cauliflower.
Give this chili seasoning recipe a try and I am sure that you will agree it is the best chili seasoning ever!
You will likely have all the spices you need for this DIY seasoning blend in your cabinet right now.
You will need:
- Chili Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
Making the mix is as easy as adding all of your ingredients to a bowl and whisking them together.
Store your homemade spice blend in a small, airtight container out of direct sunlight for up to 1 year.
These spice jars are perfect for storing homemade spice blends. The set even comes with labels for the jars and a funnel for easy pouring.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- SPICE LEVEL: Adjusted the level of heat by adding more or less chili powder, to taste.
- EXTRA HEAT: Add up to ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes if you like your chili with a lot of heat.
- LOW-SODIUM: Watching your sodium intake? Cut the sodium or leave it out completely.
- SMOKED PAPRIKA: Try using smoked paprika to give your chili a bit of a smokey flavor.
- BROWN SUGAR: Add a ½ teaspoon of brown sugar as a secret ingredient to give your chili seasoning a hint of sweetness. It helps bring out the other flavors as well.
- USE FRESH SPICES: For the best chili seasoning, make sure that your spices and herbs aren’t stale or past their prime. If the bottles have been sitting in your cupboard for a year (or more!) you can bet they are losing their flavor and it is time to toss ’em.
I suggest you start with 2 Tablespoons of seasoning mix per pound of meat. You can always add more if you are looking for more flavor.
A typical packet of store-bought chili seasoning mix contains about 1/3 cup (about 5 Tablespoons) of mix… but a lot of that is made up of flour and other additives. That is why you can use so much less when you make it yourself!
- 5 Tablespoons Chili Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Cumin
- 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon Pepper
- Add all of the spices to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.