Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix – stock your spice cupboard with this simple DIY blend for adding to all your favorite chili recipes!  Budget friendly and healthier than the store-bought chili seasoning packets!

With colder weather comes chili season!  Get a jump start on all your favorite chili recipes by making a batch of this Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend!

I absolutely love chili…traditional, white, chicken, beef, you name it.  I love to create new versions and this seasoning blend works in all of them!  You’ll only need some basic pantry spices to make this homemade chili seasoning.

This mix is versatile enough for adding to your favorite game day chili recipes (try my Best Instant Pot Chili recipe!) and is super simple to prepare with a few basic spices.  Rather than use store bought chili mix packets (which typically contain undesirable ingredients like sugar, MSG, and extra salt) or measure out spices every time, whip up this blend to have on hand.  It makes a good amount that can be stored in your spice cupboard for multiple recipes.

Because I love time saving techniques in the kitchen, I created this recipe along with several other spice mix blends.  Instead of measuring out individual spices for every recipe, I stock up on larger quantities of homemade spice mixes.  It’s so simple and super convenient!  Get your kids involved too and let them do the measuring and mixing!

How to Make Your Own Spice Mix Blends

Start by stocking up on basic spices in bulk.  Order online on Amazon or Thrive Market or check your local Costco.  Your local dollar store is also a great resource if you’re on a budget.

Gather up your recipes and supplies – spices, mason jars, measuring spoons, and labels.

Measure and mix!

Store in a tightly sealed container and give the mix a stir each time before using.

What Spices Go in Chili Seasoning?

Chili Seasoning ingredients include simple basic pantry spices, with chili powder and cumin making up the base of the blend.  Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper round out the ingredients. Cayenne pepper is also a great addition if you like a spicier chili seasoning.  I love the taste of smoked paprika in this recipe, but regular paprika works well too.

How to Make Chili Seasoning Mix

Combine all the spices together and stir well. Store the chili seasoning in an airtight container and always give it a stir before using, as spices tend to settle and may clump. The recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled. I like to make extra so that it’s ready to go whenever I want to make a batch of chili. This Chili Seasoning Recipe will keep for up to 1 year if stored in a cool, dry location.

How Much Chili Seasoning Should I Use?

It really depends on the individual recipe and size of the batch, but a typical starting point would be 2-3 tablespoons of chili seasoning per recipe. From there, it’s important to taste and add more as needed.

Recipes That Use Chili Seasoning

Best Ever Instant Pot Chili

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Crockpot Whole30 Chili

Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

Quinoa & Black Bean Chili

Other Ways to Use Chili Seasoning

Sprinkle on potatoes before roasting for chili roasted potatoes.

Add to meat or marinades before grilling.

Add to other tomato-based or vegetable soups for a flavor boost.  I love to add a couple teaspoons to my Instant Pot Hamburger Soup!

Use in place of taco seasoning if needed.  Chili seasoning and taco seasoning contain many of the same spices, just in different ratios.  They have slightly different flavor profiles, but can be substituted for one another in a pinch!

homemade chili seasoning mix

homemade chili seasoning mix

homemade chili seasoning mix

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Homemade Chili Seasoning Blend - stock your spice cupboard with this simple DIY blend for adding to all your favorite chili recipes!
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  • Combine all spices together in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Store in an air tight container.


Calories: 20kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Sodium: 357mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 1265IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1.4mg

homemade chili seasoning mix


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