It’s so easy to make this homemade Chili Seasoning recipe!

The best thing about making a seasoning at home is that the ingredients can be mixed and matched to suit any personal spice level. Make it in a pinch when there’s just no time for a trip to the grocery store. And make an extra batch of this southwestern mix to share with a friend, or keep it for yourself! This delicious mix is so versatile and can be added to just about anything from meat to eggs, or even popcorn!

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Homemade Chili Seasoning 

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What’s in Chili Seasoning? 

BASIC MIX: Six easy spices in equal amounts make this mix both foolproof and quick! While basil (or coriander) is added in smaller amounts, everything you’d expect from a spicy and savory, all-purpose seasoning is here: garlic, chili, cumin, paprika, and oregano.

VARIATIONS: Dry mustard, white pepper, thyme, ground allspice, and lemon or lime zest create new depths of flavor. To spice it up add 1/6 to 1/8 of red pepper flakes and/or cayenne pepper, if desired. PRO TIP! To prevent clumping, add a pinch of corn starch to the spice mix.

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How to Make Chili Seasoning

Have this chili seasoning ready for all those spicy and delicious homemade dishes, and of course Chili

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Whisk together or shake (as per the recipe below)

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How to Store Seasoning

The best containers for homemade chili seasoning are leftover containers with ready-made shaker lids. Otherwise, simply use a mason jar! Cover the top of the jar with a piece of plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band around the mouth of the jar. Then poke small holes in the plastic to make a DIY shaker lid. Be sure to discard plastic wrap after each use.

Keep homemade chili seasoning in a cool, dry place like the pantry or cupboard. Write the date on the lid or on a piece of masking tape. Homemade seasoning will be good for 6 months.

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Chili Seasoning

Add this Chili Seasoning mix to a variety of recipes like tacos, sprinkled on french fries or even eggs. And of course use it in the next big batch of chili!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Candace


Optional, for a spicier seasoning blend

  • 1/16-⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/16-⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a mason jar or medium bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Store in a mason jar with a lid, or any sealed airtight container.


  • Recipe makes about 5 ½ Tablespoons. Each serving is approximately ½ teaspoon.
  • Use 1½-2 Tablespoons per pound of meat.
  • To make a bulk batch (makes 16 ½ Tablespoons, slightly over 1 cup total, enough for 8-11 pounds of meat):
    • 3 Tablespoons garlic powder
    • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
    • 3 Tablespoons cumin
    • 3 Tablespoons paprika
    • 3 Tablespoons oregano
    • 1 Tablespoon basil, or coriander
    • ½ Tablespoon black pepper (1 ½ teaspoons)
    • ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional, for spicier seasoning blend
    • ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional, for spicier seasoning blend
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 7 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Seasonings
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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