Chili Seasoning

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This homemade chili seasoning can be used for a variety of dishes but is especially good for a pot of chili. A flavorful blend of dried spices that will take your chili to the next level.

Making spice mixes at home is quick and easy. A few others you might enjoy are apple pie spice, Jamaican jerk seasoning , french fry seasoning and Sloppy Joe spice mix

Bowl with chili spice and teaspoon


Why make homemade seasoning mixes

  • You are able to control the amount of spice and sodium. 
  • No added preservatives or strange ingredients.
  • Very budget friendly. Make a large batch of seasoning for a fraction of the cost of pre-packaged. 

What spices to put in chili

This chili spice mix recipe is made of just a few different spices that you might already have in your spice cabinet. 

Chili powder – This makes up the bulk of the mix.

Paprika – Made from dried chilis and has a slight sweetness.

Ground cumin – Adds an earthy flavor. 

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Salt and pepper

Optional: Cayenne pepper for added heat.

What is chili powder?

Chili powder is a blend of dried spices, usually one or more varieties of chilis. It’s typically used to season chili or other dishes. Chili seasoning is different than just the powder because it’s a mix of 5 or more additional spices.

How to make the chili seasoning recipe

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  1. Mix: Combine all of the spices in a bowl.
  2. Store: Store in a glass jar until ready to use.
White bowls with spices

Recipe tips

  • If you would like to make a larger batch of seasoning, triple or quadruple the amount of ingredients. You can then use 2 tablespoons for one batch of chili, or 1 pound of meat. 
  • I would recommend using fresh, dried spices for this blend. 

How to store

Store: Store chili seasoning in a glass jar with a lid or glass spice jar. Depending on how fresh the dried spices are when making, this mix should last for about 1 year. 

How to use chili seasoning

This recipe is enough to season one recipe of chili. Approximately the same amount as what you would find in a prepackaged mix from the store. Here are a few ideas for how to use this mix.

Variations or secret ingredients for chili

This chili seasoning recipe is pretty classic. There are a few additional secret ingredients you can add-in if you are more adventurous.

  • Beer: We do occasionally like to add in some beer into our chili. Use whatever you have in the refrigerator.
  • Cinnamon: I know this one sounds a little out there but it adds a nice flavor that will have your guests guessing. 
  • Cocoa powder: Use a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder to add rich, earthy flavor. 
  • Oregano: Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano for an additional layer of flavor. 

Best pre-packaged chili seasoning mix?

If you are in a hurry and have to use a pre-packaged mix, I would recommend using McCormick chili seasoning mix. 

Spices in a jar

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Chili spices in a bowl with wooden spoon
5 from 1 vote

Chili Seasoning

By Heather
Homemade Chili seasoning mix.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Mix together spices in a bowl and store in a glass jar.



This recipe is enough for one batch of chili using 1 pound of meat. 


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2463mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3565IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  2. I’ll bet this is good as a rub for flank or skirt steak before grilling! It would make a good chicken rub too. It’s Taco Friday!

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