The seasoning blend I created for my homemade chili a few weeks ago can be used for so many different things. I wanted to share with you what I used it for as well as how versatile it is.

This recipe is quite quick and quite simple, it only takes 5 minutes to make it. Anyone can make this seasoning by themselves, because it is not complicated and the ingredients are extremely easy to find. Please try it now.

How to Make Chili Seasoning at Home

How to Use Chili Seasoning

It contains the same amount of spice as one store-bought chili seasoning packet. In this homemade chili seasoning recipe, you will get enough to season one batch of chili that will serve six people, or one batch of chili that will serve one pound of ground beef or turkey.

The beef or turkey should be browned first, then drained of excess fat if necessary. Following this, add the home-made chili seasoning.

For about a minute more, continue sautéing the seasoning with the beef, allowing the spices to toast and become more pronounced. Once you have the chili ready, you can add diced tomatoes, beans, or whatever else you desire (see easy chili recipe).

This chili seasoning can also be added to vegetables, meat, or fish before roasting or grilling (check out my Chili Roasted Potatoes), or sprinkled into mac and cheese.

There are so many things you can do with chili seasoning, after all, what is there not to do?

Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe

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With just a few pantry staple spices, you can make this easy homemade chili seasoning that’s perfect for adding to soup, stews, and more.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp approximately freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin


This recipe makes enough chili for one pot (about 6 servings). In the case that your chili powder is spicy, you may want to reduce or eliminate the cayenne pepper from the recipe if the chili powder is too spicy for you.


Serving: 1 serving ・ Calories: 18.1 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 2.9 g ・ Protein: 0.3 g ・ Fat: 0.1 g ・ Sodium: 2841.5 mg ・ Fiber: 0.4 g

The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.

What is “chili powder”?

Generally, chili powder is sold pre-mixed in the United States, which is a blend of spices used to season chili.

You could, in fact, use just that seasoning to season your pot of chili alone, but this homemade chili seasoning takes it to the next level by adding even more flavor.

It is important to taste your chili powder before making your meal as it can vary in heat from brand to brand.

When using spicy chili powder, you can reduce the cayenne pepper in this recipe or eliminate it altogether.

Bottle of chili powder being hand held.

Despite what the label says, not every brand indicates its blend is spicy before you buy it, so be sure to check the label before buying it.

You might like McCormick’s chili powder if you’re looking for an easy-to-use blend that’s not too spicy. Additionally, they make a spicy chili powder called “hot Mexican”.

Is It Possible to Make Chili with Taco Seasoning?

There are quite a few similarities between them, but they aren’t exactly the same. It is important to note that the homemade taco seasoning that I make uses a slightly smokier blend of spices and that I also add some oregano to it.

There is no doubt that you could use either one interchangeably in a pinch, if necessary, but for chili I prefer this slightly simpler blend a bit more.

Which Ingredient Makes Chili the Best?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but you can add some fun “secret ingredients” to your chili in addition to your basic seasoning. The following ingredients make chili extra tasty:

  • A good combination of cinnamon is sweet flavors, as well as savory.
  • Dark chocolate or cocoa powder, which gives an earthy taste
  • A deep earthiness is provided by coffee or espresso (similar to cocoa)
  • Red wine (for beef chili)
  • Molasses or brown sugar (sweet contrasts well with spicy!)
  • Dark beer, like Guinness, or light Mexican beer

Do you have your favorite chili seasoning and do you usually make it yourself at home or buy it at a convenience store?

Actually making chili seasoning for cooking is not as difficult as you think, try doing it with the above recipe. And if you know any other interesting chili seasoning, please share it with us right away.