Homemade Chili Seasoning


I like to save a buck. I’m not a minimalist and I don’t cut my own hair. Sometimes I wash my own car, but I’d rather pay someone to do it! So even though I think it’s cool that people make their own laundry detergent, I just don’t have the time. That being said, I do like to make frugal (and healthy!) decisions when possible. So I make my own seasonings instead of buying the premade packets. I know there are some generic brands you can buy for .59 cents, but they are loaded with preservatives, extra salt, and MSG. So why not make my own homemade chili seasoning and leave my body to process what’s natural? Check out how easy it is to make:

Here are the proportions of spices you’ll need to make your own homemade chili seasoning. This is enough for one pot of chili, so if you’d like extra, make a double or triple batch.

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (this makes a big difference than regular black pepper!)

Simply mix it up and it’s good to go! I use this is in recipes like Hearty 3 Bean Vegetarian Chili, Hearty Ground Beef Chili, tacos, sloppy joes, or basically anything you want to season thoroughly.

P.S. Don’t you LOVE these heart shaped measuring spoons?!?! I got them as a gift and smile everytime I use them. They are such an adorable gift to give to someone you love.

Make several portions of this homemade chili seasoning and store it in an airtight container or jar. This is also a great item to give as a gift. For dinner ideas where you can use this homemade chili seasoning, check out my Recipe Index or follow me on Pinterest. If you try this recipe, let me know in the comment section below! Happy cooking y’all!

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Heidi Davison
This homemade chili seasoning is great inside a pot of chili, tacos, sloppy joes, or whatever else you'd like to season.
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Seasoning mix
Cuisine American
Servings 1


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


  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Use this single portion in a pot of chili or make several batches and store in an airtight container.


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  • Georgette Helton says:

    Freshly ground black pepper ?

    • Yes, I think freshly ground pepper from the peppercorns tastes WAY better than the pepper that has been sitting in jars for months. Some grocery stores sell small pepper grinders with the peppercorns inside so you can try it out before buying a big one.

  • Jessica Allin says:

    5 stars
    Love this! My family does not like their chili too spicy and this is perfect! Thanks, Heidi!

  • 1 star
    Not enough cunmin. I ahve been making chili from a homemade recipe over 40 years and the ration is chili powder 2 tblsp to cumin 1 tblsp. , then red pepper 1 tsp, oregano 1 tsp, . flour 2 tblsp. a few ohers. but your chili will not be spicy enough. Cumin is THE chili spice and needs to be amped up

    • Your recipe sounds great Lori! Some people do like their chili more on the spicy side. My seasoning mix is a little more mild.

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