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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.

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.


Homemade chili seasoning ingredients - chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic salt, ground cumin, black pepper
  • 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.
Adding all the spices in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Store in an air tight container in a cool dark place. This recipe makes 12 pots of chili.
Combined chili seasoning in a bowl with a whisk

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.
Seasoning blend in a bowl

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.

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

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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
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Mixes and Seasonings
Calories 6


  • 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
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  • 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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  1. Rita Sheppard says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Carrie says:

    I use this seasoning for any recipe that calls for chili seasoning in it. Here is my favorite quick chili recipe that I use this chili seasoning in.

  3. Molly says:

    Do you add tomato sauce and water when making the chili and if so, how much per pound? Thanks!

  4. Inger Brabbit says:

    I made this taco seasoning one time already and i really loved it !! Rate 5

  5. Carrie says:

    I use 2 Tbsp of this chili seasoning per 1 lb of ground beef. I’m so sorry for the confusion. I have corrected the post and recipe. Thank you!

  6. Carrie says:

    Yes, I think that would work fine

  7. Lynne K says:

    Sorry Carrie – One more question: After the recipe, you post “ Use 2 tablespoons per 2 lbs of ground beef to make chili. Easy!” … But in the comments it is mentioned using 2 T per 1 lb of meat. Which one is correct? Thanks!

  8. Lynne K says:

    If I vacuum-sealed this, could it be frozen in between being used?

  9. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    We use it every time we make chili. Amazing season

  10. Carrie says:

    Yes, you definitely can reduce the cayenne pepper amount and it’ll still taste great!

  11. Brian says:

    I have not made this, so I cannot rate it. However, my go to for chili has always been McCormick Mild, as I do not like overly spicy foods. That amount of cayenne seems like a lot to me. Can that be cut back and still retain the proper flavor?

  12. Carrie says:

    Thank you so much! You can catch all of my live video on the Eating on a Dime facebook page under the video tab. Thanks Sharon!

  13. sharon says:

    I absolutely love watching your videos. I have love every recipe I have tried. Loved the homemade taco seasoning and am going to make the chili seasoning. For some reason I haven’t gotten anymore of your videos.

  14. Carrie says:

    Yes, I use 2 TBSP per each pound of meat for the recipe. Thank you!

  15. Dolly says:

    According to her chili recipe she uses 2 tbsp. per pound of meat…… because her recipe calls for 2 lbs meat and 4 tbsp chili mix. Hope that helps.

  16. Donna says:

    We have a large family, so I was wondering if the 2 tablespoons was for each pound of meat? I can’t wait to try this!!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Ida Shepherd says:

    I don’t like spicy, do I have to use cayenne pepper or anything that adds “heat”???

  18. Gary says:

    Would you say this is comparable to McCormick’s Mild Chili Seasoning?

  19. James says:

    How big is each batch you make??? Ours consist of 2 pounds of meat so I’m trying to compare and make it as close to your batch as I can

  20. Doris says:

    I am on a low sodium diet, could I leave out the salt and use just the garlic salt?

  21. Carrie says:

    You could divide it out to make the size that you would like. Generally I make this in bulk to have on hand for the Fall and Winter months. Thank you.

  22. Julie says:

    If I don’t make a full batch how much of each ingredient do I use? I am doing each individually. Thank you

  23. Carrie says:

    Thank you Lois!

  24. Lois says:

    5 stars
    Been making your seasoning since 2016. Just made another batch. It has warmed us up many, many times with “my” much praised chile. Just wanted to thank you again.

  25. Carrie says:

    I would use 2 tablespoons to be the equivalent to the store bought packets.

  26. Keytra says:

    How much would be the equivalent of a store bought chili packet?