Homemade Chili Seasoning

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    This homemade chili seasoning is super easy to make with 4 simple spices that you most likely already have in your pantry. It’s one of my favorite seasonings to use and adds great flavor to many dishes. 

    I love to make my own seasonings at home. It’s inexpensive, there are no added preservatives and they’re made with classic spices you probably already have on hand. A few of my other favorites to make are taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and an easy hamburger seasoning.

    chili seasoning in bowl

    This chili seasoning is great to use in a pinch when a recipe calls for some and you don’t have any. You only need 4 spices to make it, which I bet you already have in your pantry. Most chili seasoning packets you buy in the store have extra sodium and salt, so make sure to taste your dish as you go and add more as needed. There’s really no need to buy a chili seasoning packet again. This homemade version comes together in minutes!

    chili seasoning ingredients

    4 simple ingredients

    To make the seasoning, simply mix the four ingredients below together in a bowl or jar (amounts included in printable recipe below).

    • Chili powder: Adds a bold chili flavor and gives it a kick of heat.
    • Cumin: Has a warm, earthy flavor with a subtle hint of spice.
    • Onion powder: A sharp onion flavor.
    • Garlic powder: Gives it that fragrant garlic aroma.

    chili seasoning in glass bowl

    Spice adjustments

    • For more heat, add a dash of cayenne or some red pepper flakes.
    • Sometimes I’ll add in a teaspoon of dried oregano for even more flavor.
    • Paprika is a great addition if you want to add a hint of smokiness.
    • This seasoning mix doesn’t include salt and pepper, so be sure to taste your dish and add them in as you go.
    • Make sure to use fresh spices for the best flavor. If they’ve been in your pantry for a few years, it’s time to upgrade!

    Storing

    If you have extra chili mix, simply pour it into an airtight container or jar and keep stored at room temperature for up to 6 months. You can double or even triple the recipe to have extra on hand throughout the fall season when soups are all the rage.

    spoonful of chili seasoning

    Ways to use chili seasoning:

    spoonful of chili seasoning

    Homemade Chili Seasoning

    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chili seasoning
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Servings: 2 Tablespoons
    Calories: 27
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This homemade chili seasoning is super easy to make with 4 simple spices that you most likely already have in your pantry. It's one of my favorite seasonings to use and adds great flavor to many dishes. 

    Ingredients

    • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

    Instructions

    • Combine the chili powder, cumin, onion powder and garlic powder in a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
    • If not using right away, store in an airtight container until ready to use.

    Notes

    Makes enough for one pot of homemade chili (about 2 Tablespoons of seasoning mix). 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1211IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
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