Homemade Chili Seasoning is made up of the perfect blend of cumin and chili powder and will pack a whole lot of flavor into your chili recipes.
Homemade Chili Seasoning
I was stunned to learn that many people use packets of chili seasonings in their chili recipes. There is absolutely NO need to purchase that chili seasoning packet. It is filled with all sorts of additives, preservatives, added sugar, and is really high in sodium.
Chili Seasoning can easily be made at home. Not only is it better for you, but it also tastes a million times better than those store-bought packets. And I bet you have all the ingredients in your spice cabinet right now!
Spices in Chili Seasoning
My recipe for Chili seasoning is pretty basic. I am heavy on chili powder in my seasoning blend, but also like to add in a bit of cumin for a warming depth of flavor and a pinch of cayenne for heat. Just like any good chili recipe, this chili seasoning has onion and garlic powder to help build a solid base of flavor. Feel free to add in dried oregano for a peppery zing.
- Chili Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
Important to note when making homemade chili seasoning: use fresh dried spices when making any homemade spice blend, for optimum flavor. If your spices have been sitting in your spice cabinet for over 6 months, it is time to toss them. If they are several years old, be prepared to be stunned by how much better your homemade meals taste with fresh spices.
Chili Powder or Ancho Chile Powder?
Chili powder is made up of cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and ground chiles. Ancho chile powder is made from ground poblano peppers. Either will work in this recipe, but keep in mind the ancho chile powder will give the chili a bit more kick. in terms of both flavor and heat.
I like to make a large batch of this Chili powder, store it in a glass jar, and use 2 tablespoons of the mixture each time I am making a batch of chili.
Use Chili Seasoning in:
- Chicken Chili
- Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
- Lentil Chili
- Butternut Squash Chili
- Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
- But don't just limit homemade chili mix to chili recipes, you can also use this blend on oven-baked potatoes for a spicy kick, grilled corn for a fun summer treat, and burgers for added flavor.
Homemade Chili Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Combine spices until evenly mixed together.
- Store for up to 6 months in a sealed container in the pantry.