Chili seasoning with chili powder, cumin, garlic, & onion, is easy to make, perfect for adding your own flavor to dishes, & saves money!
This homemade chili seasoning mix is super easy to make, super easy to adjust to your tastes, and a great addition to your spice cabinet! Use it in your favorite chili recipe, or sprinkle it over dishes like air fryer corn or roasted red potatoes to add more flavor!
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Homemade Chili Seasoning Ingredients
- Chili powder – Dried ground chili powder. This is what adds spice to the recipe, increase this if you want to add a kick.
- Cumin – Dried ground cumin, adds warmth without heat.
- Garlic powder – Dried ground garlic powder, make sure you’re not using garlic salt.
- Onion powder – Dried ground onion powder.
- Salt & pepper – I find fresh cracked black pepper gives the best flavor.
How do you make chili seasoning? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, add all the measured dried spices to a clean dry bowl.
⭐ Then, mix thoroughly with a fork or a whisk, making sure to break up any clumps.
⭐ Next, carefully pour spice blend into an airtight container.
⭐ Finally, store in a cool dry place until ready to use.
Why make your own chili seasoning?
I love a quick-grab packet as much as the next gal, but there really is something to be said for making your own spice blends!
- Adjust the flavor to your tastes.
- Gluten free.
- Know exactly what’s in them.
- No additives, preservatives, fillers, colorings, or anti-caking agents.
- Money saving.
Can you make chili spice blend ahead of time?
Absolutely! We typically make a large jar and use it over the course of several months.
This recipe makes about the equivalent of two store bought packets, but you can increase the recipe to reflect the amount you think you’ll use.
How much chili seasoning in a recipe?
Two – three tablespoons of our homemade blend will equal about one store bought packet. For a recipe that is going to feed 4 – 6, you’ll want to include one packet’s worth (2 – 3 tablespoons).
Leftovers and storage
How do you store chili seasoning?
Spice blends should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry environment (like an air conditioned house).
Do not store them in the refrigerator as they will condensate when you bring them out and it can cause clumping.
How long does DIY chili seasoning last?
Dried spice blends theoretically last forever, but will begin to lose flavor potency after about 6 months.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
How much chili seasoning is in a chili packet?
You’ll want to use 2 – 3 tablespoons of homemade chili seasoning to equal a grocery store chili spice packet. The spice packet likely has more volume to it, but that’s because commercial spice packets often have starch or anti-caking agents included in them.
How do I make my chili seasoning spicier?
To increase the spice in your seasoning blend you’ll want to add more chili powder. You can also add chipotle powder or smoked chipotle powder for a bigger kick.
When to use homemade chili seasoning (serving suggestions)
Use it in place of your normal chili seasoning packs (like the McCormick chili seasoning) in recipes like our pulled pork chili, our copycat Wendy’s chili, or this beanless chili recipe! Two – three tablespoons of our recipe is about the equivalent of one packet flavor-wise.
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- Pumpkin pie spice recipe
- Homemade spice rub
- Soy ginger salmon marinade
- Flank steak marinade
- Lemon garlic lamb marinade
- Old bay shrimp marinade
- See all our seasoning recipes and spice blends!
Other delicious chili recipes
- Chili cheese dip
- Homemade chili sauce
- Chili mac recipe
- Turkey chili
- Chili pot pie
- Breakfast chili
- See all our awesome chili recipes
Tools we love
- Glass spice jars – I love putting our homemade spice mixes in pretty glass jars.
- Bulk spices – It’s amazing how much money you can save by buying spices in bulk and making your own mixes!
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How to Make Chili Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all the measured dried spices to a clean dry bowl.
- Then, mix thoroughly with a fork or a whisk, making sure to break up any clumps.
- Carefully pour spice blend into an airtight container.
- Store in a cool dry place until ready to use.
- This makes about ¼ cup of seasoning, the equivalent of about two packets of chili seasoning.
- 2 - 3 tablespoons of seasoning = 1 store bought packet.
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Renee Thiegpin says
We use this for so many things, the possibilities are endless! Great recipe!
This is a staple that everyone needs, so it’s nice to have a DIY option that tastes so good.
I’ve been looking for a chili seasoning recipe and I’m so glad I found the perfect recipe! Tried it the other day and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for another awesome recipe.