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Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning

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Homemade chili seasoning in a mason jar

Homemade chili seasoning recipe

One of my favorite memories is being on our traditional family vacations enjoying homemade chili with this homemade chili seasoning mix.

One of my mom’s pro tips when we go on family vacations is to pack seasonings in containers/baggies so she doesn’t have to haul a bunch of different seasonings to the cabin.

One of the staple seasonings she’d mix up before we hit the road is this homemade chili seasoning. It makes the prep for the chili that much easier too! 

Why not just buy one of those packets from the store, you ask? Well, Mom likes to make a lot of things from scratch.

Also, making your chili seasoning from scratch is far cheaper than continuing to buy the packets from the store. Plus, my recipe is salt-free (woo!)

This homemade chili seasoning is great to have in a pinch, so prep it in advance and store with all of your other seasonings.

And make sure you label it! (I often make the mistake of prepping seasonings and then forget what they are).

Homemade Chili Seasoning in a wood bowl

Chili seasoning ingredients

You’ll need just 9 simple chili spices to make this chili seasoning mix. Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cumin
  • Ground mustard
  • Coriander
  • White pepper
  • Cayenne 

How to make chili seasoning

Simply stir all the ingredients together, then transfer to an airtight container. This seasoning recipe makes about 1/2 cup seasoning, and the entire seasoning goes into a slow cooker chili recipe serving about 12-15 people.

How to use this chili seasoning

I personally use 4 tablespoons of chili seasoning for every 1 pound of meat (lamb, sausage, beef, ground turkey, etc.) when making tacos, burritos, dips, etc. Play around with your meat to seasoning ratio to find what you like best.

In my slow cooker chili recipes, I use the full 1/2 cup chili seasoning because of the volume of the chili!

I use 4 Tbsp. when I am browning up the meat to use for tacos, enchiladas, etc.

Ways to use chili seasoning

I want to point out that just because this is called chili seasoning it doesn’t mean you have to use it for just chili!

It can be used to make roasted veggies (would be delicious on cauliflower), on fish, roasted potatoes/fries, lamb or beef, tacos, casseroles and the list goes on!

Seasonings for homemade chili seasoning in small glass bowls on a table

Tips for the best chili seasoning

This homemade chili seasoning is fairly flexible. If you prefer spicier soups and stews, add a little more cayenne than the recipe calls for. If you prefer less spice, scale it back a bit, and so on.

Be sure to store your seasoning blend in an air tight container — I like to use mason jars — and keep with your other spices until ready to use. 

If stored properly, this chili seasoning mix will last for months. You’re welcome to double or even triple this recipe if you know you’ll go through it quickly.

More homemade chili recipes:

Slow Cooker Green and White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Spicy Four Bean Chili

Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Lamb Chili

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5 from 3 reviews

Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning

Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Tbsp.
This homemade chili seasoning will add a lot of flavor to your homemade chili recipes, minus the excess sodium most chili seasoning blends have!


  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder*
  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp. white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt (optional)

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  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container until ready to use! Makes ~8 Tbsp. or 1/2 cup of seasoning. 



*Read through the ingredients list to make sure you’re buying salt-free chili powder. 

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Do you like to make your own seasonings? What other seasonings or sauces do you prefer to make instead of buy?! Let me know in the comments below!

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This was a easy recipe and we don’t like things quite so spicy so I put half the cayenne pepper and it was still a little spicy for my husband so I will do a little les than half next time. But really quick and easy recipe. I need to watch my sodium because of high blood pressure so this was great, thanks!


We tried this for dinner the other night and it was an awesome spin on chili. Loved the notes of red wine and the new flavor lamb brought to the bowl. Our family (including two young kiddos) is super wimpy when it comes to spicy. I cut back the cayenne pepper to 1/4tsp and it was still too spicy but we were able to eat and enjoy it! My husband mentioned entering this in his chili cookoff at work in the fall 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!


I’m excited to give your lamb chili recipe a try tonight! Do you put the entire 1/2 cup of chili seasoning into the crockpot or do you only use 4 tbsp since that’s what you say you use for 1 lb of lamb?


Ohh, thank you for your quick reply! Admittedly, I have everything ready to start cooking in the crockpot and had that one hang-up! I’ll be sure to review after we enjoy. Already looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

I am obsessed with making my own spice blends…this is perfect to have on hand for fall!

Kelly Jones

Okay so HELP! I make my own chili seasoning too, but have SUCH a hard time finding plain chili powder! Do you order online??


This seems so simple and I love how the ingredient list doesn’t have salt!