Chili Seasoning Recipe

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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.

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix in small glass jar with wire whisk next to it

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.

Jar of homemade chili seasoning mix laying down on its side with the seasoning falling out onto tabletop

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.

Ingredients for chili seasoning mix in bowl: paprika, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, pepper, chili powder, and onion powder.

You will need:

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Making the mix is as easy as adding all of your ingredients to a bowl and whisking them together.

Glass bowl with homemade seasoning for chili


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.

Recipe FAQ

How much do I use?

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.

How many Tablespoons are in a packet of chili seasoning?

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!

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix in small glass jar with wire whisk next to it
4.48 from 44 votes

Chili Seasoning

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This homemade chili seasoning mix combines chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper for a flavor-packed and budget-friendly DIY spice blend.


  • 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.


Store in a cool, dark place (such as a cupboard or pantry) for up to 1 year.
Use 2 Tablespoons of homemade chili seasoning to replace one bag of store-bought seasoning mix.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 19kcal
Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix in small glass jar with wire whisk next to it

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  1. Really good seasoning recipe! I plan on using it all the time rather than buying those seasoning packets at the store.

  2. Hi, What exactly is the chili powder you have used in this recipe? It seems to be a different thing in different countries. In this picture it looks like a blend? Thank you 🙂

  3. Another secret ingredient for chili is approximately one tablespoon of vinegar. The little touch of acid really takes a pot of chili from okay to outstanding!

  4. Was wondering when you make fresh seasonings can you stick them in your refrigerator to keep them fresh that way I know I do but I was thinking it in a clump of the chicken always said vigorously eaten and keep right on using. It’s better than inside a cupboard for the shelf life I was just wondering what your opinion was about that

    1. Spices should be kept in a cool, dark, dry place so I would think that the refrigerator would be too humid of an environment for them. I always store my spices and seasonings (even the homemade seasoning mixes) in my cabinet.

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