Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe (2024)

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Save money and make Homemade Chili Seasoning. Not only is it super easy but it tastes amazing and takes just a few minutes.

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Just like my homemade taco seasoning, I have been making homemade chili seasoning for a while. I like to make a big batch at one time so I will have it ready to go when I am making chili.

This Homemade Chili Seasoning would taste amazing in Crock Pot Chili.

Table of Contents

  • Why This Recipe Works
  • Ingredients
  • Chili Spices Variations
  • Step by Step Instructions
  • Recipe Tips
  • How Much Seasoning to use?
  • Chili Recipes To Make
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More Easy Homemade Seasoning Recipes
  • Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe

Why This Recipe Works

This chili seasoning mix recipe taste so much better than chili seasoning packet from the grocery store. Making homemade spice mixes at home allows you to adjust the spices to what you prefer.

Adding homemade chili seasoning to our favorite chili recipe is our best secret ingredient, but many recipes have their own. Some people add in cocoa powder, beer, and even cinnamon for a perfect blend of spices.

There are many ingredients to add to your chili seasoning blend to enhance the depth of flavor. The pantry ingredients are simple and it saves you money by making it at home.


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  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Black Pepper

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Chili Spices Variations

Feel free to add or substitute the spices ingredients to what you prefer. Here are some suggestions.

  • Oregano
  • Sea Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Mix all ingredients together including the salt and pepper. It is that easy. Get your kids involved to help.
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  • Step 2 – Store in an air tight container in a cool dark place. This recipe makes 12 pots of chili.
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I told you it was super easy. Can you believe how simple that was? If you can mix a few ingredients together, you can make this for sure!

Recipe Tips

  • Fresh Ingredients – Before combining the chili spice blends, make sure to use fresh spices. This helps to add flavor to your batch of chili.
  • Combining Ingredients – To make sure there are no clumps when mixing ingredients, we recommend combining with a whisk.
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How Much Seasoning to use?

It really depends on the recipe and the size of the batch that you are making. But usually we use 2 tablespoons per 1 pounds of meat to make chili.

I usually give my chili that I making about half way cooking a taste to see if it needs a little more seasoning. A little goes a long way and your chili will taste amazing!

Chili Recipes To Make

Use this gluten free Homemade Chili Seasoning to make these easy recipes. This seasoning is great for chili but you can also use it as a taco seasoning or even sprinkle to roast some vegetables.

  • Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe
  • Crock Pot Chili Mac Recipe
  • One Pot Tex-Mex Chicken Chili Recipe
  • Slow Cooker Frito Chili Pie Recipe
  • Easy Crock Pot Cowboy Chili
  • Easy Instant Pot Chili Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chili Powder?

Chili powder is a blend of spices. So when you are making a ground turkey or ground beef chili, you can essentially use just one seasoning. We like to add other spices to enhance the flavor. Make sure to check the label when purchasing chili powder as there are many different heat levels.

Can Taco Seasoning be Substituted for Chili Seasoning?

You can substitute chili seasoning for taco seasoning. The spice blend is very similar but taco seasoning may have a slight smoky flavor. But if this is all you have, it will work as a great substitute.

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover homemade chili seasoning mix in a spice jar or an airtight container. If stored properly this seasoning will last about 6 months.

More Easy Homemade Seasoning Recipes

  • Homemade Italian Seasoning
  • Blackened Homemade Seasoning
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt Recipe
  • Homemade Fajita Seasoning
  • Homemade Steak Seasoning
  • Steak Rub

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Homemade Chili Seasoning

5 from 24 votes

Making chili? Try this easy homemade chili seasoning. It tastes better than store bought and costs way less. Make this homemade chili seasoning today!

Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 5 minutes mins

Servings 12

Cuisine American

Course Mixes and Seasonings

Calories 6

Author Carrie Barnard


  • 3/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper


  • Mix all ingredients together.

  • Use 2 tablespoons of this homemade chili seasoning to make your chili for 1 lb of ground beef.

  • Store in an air tight container in a cool dark place.

  • This recipe makes 12 pots of chili.

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Recipe Notes

This homemade chili seasoning is it just as convenient as having packaged chili seasoning, but it is much more frugal. And might I add, so tasty!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 6kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Sodium 2940mg, Potassium 26mg, Vitamin A 175IU, Vitamin C 0.6mg, Calcium 8mg, Iron 0.1mg

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