Chili Seasoning

Here’s how to make homemade chili seasoning! Mix this all natural blend into a batch of chili, or use it for grilled or roasted veggies, dips, and more.

Chili seasoning

You know those homemade packets of chili seasoning you can buy at the store? You’ll never need one again. Try this homemade chili seasoning! This blend is perfect for adding to a batch of chili, but guess what? It’s also incredible on roasted and grilled veggies, fries, stirred into dips: you name it! (Alex and I recently tried in on grilled broccoli and it was a huge hit.) The great thing about homemade spice blends is they are all natural, with none of the additives and preservatives of the store-bought kind. Even better: you can control the salt so it’s perfectly seasoned.

How to make chili seasoning

There’s no official definition of chili seasoning. Most mixes you’ll find contain the heavy hitters for chili: chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Beyond that, it’s the chili makers choice! For this recipe, we wanted to stay very simple, using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry:

  • Chili powder (standard, not spicy)
  • Cumin
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Is chili seasoning spicy?

This one isn’t! This chili seasoning calls for standard chili powder, not spicy. The recipe also doesn’t contain cayenne for any added heat. Here’s why: we like to let eaters decide how spicy their chili is! Alex and I find it’s easiest to let people season their bowl with hot sauce. (Plus we have a kid, so it makes it easier.)

Want it spicy? No problem. Either use spicy chili powder, or add some cayenne to the mix. For cayenne, we’d recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon and then adjusting to your taste.

Chili seasoning

Rule of thumb: how much to add to a batch!

What’s the rule of thumb for adding chili seasoning to a batch of chili? It’s hard to give a blanket answer, since there are literally thousands of chili recipes in the world: beef, chicken, vegan chili, vegetarian chili, and so forth.

Here’s a rule of thumb: look at the spices in the recipe, then use about the same volume of chili seasoning. Then adjust to taste. You can always add more, so keep it on the low side at first! Stir it in, then give a little taste and add more as necessary. The chili will taste a little different after it simmers. But the first taste can give you a good gauge on whether the seasoning level is appropriate.

Chili seasoning

A secret spice

Want to add a little intrigue to this seasoning blend? Try adding cinnamon. This usually sweet spice is sometimes used in chili to give it a unique flair. We’d recommend using 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon here. It adds that something extra! But if you’re looking for something a little more straightforward, it’s not essential.

How long to store homemade chili seasoning

You can store your homemade chili seasoning mix in an airtight container for 6 months to 1 year. Of course, it’s best when it’s the freshest. Spices generally last in a cool, dry place for 8 months to 1 year. You can use this spice blend to add new life to spices that you’ve had for a while.

Need spice organization tips? If your spice cabinet is always getting messy and overcrowded (like ours!), go to How to Organize Your Spices…the Minimalist Way. It’s a helpful way to keep tabs on your spices.

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Ways to use chili seasoning

There are so many ways to use chili seasoning, outside of the obvious chili! Here are a few ideas for where to start:

  1. Ultimate Vegan Chili, 3-Bean Chili Recipe or Best Vegetarian Chili: These classic chili recipes would be perfect with this seasoning blend.
  2. Sweet Potato Chili or Mango Black Bean Chili: These unique spins are also fit for the mix.
  3. Roasted Vegetables: Sprinkle with a little chili seasoning instead of the Old Bay.
  4. Grilled Vegetables: Try Grilled Broccoli or Grilled Peppers with chili seasoning: fantastic.
  5. Grilled Portobello Burgers: Sprinkle a portobello with chili seasoning for over-the-top flavor.
  6. Grilled Shrimp, Baked Shrimp, or Sauteed Shrimp: A sprinkle on shrimp is perfection.
  7. Perfect Grilled Corn or Oven Roasted Corn: Slather with butter, then chili seasoning: wow.
  8. Baked Salmon: Add to oven baked salmon for a kick.
  9. Quick Baked Potatoes or Quick Baked Sweet Potato: Add new life to potatoes.
  10. Baked Fries: It goes without saying that chili-coated fries pack a big punch.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, refined sugar free, low carb, and keto.

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Chili seasoning

Chili Seasoning (Easy & Homemade!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make homemade chili seasoning! Mix this all natural blend into a batch of chili, or use it for grilled or roasted veggies, dips, and more.


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chili powder (standard, not spicy)*
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Store for 6 months to 1 year in a cool, dry place.

Notes

*If you like very spicy chili, you can use spicy chili powder, or add cayenne to the mix. We’d start with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and adjust to your spice tolerance.

  • Category: Seasoning
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Spice Blend

Keywords: Chili Seasoning, Chili Spice Blend, Spices for Chili

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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