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).
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:
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!
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.
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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!
Hi, I’m Tawnie!
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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!
So glad you enjoyed it, thank you!!
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!
Hi Krissy, I am soo glad you enjoyed the recipe. I hope your hubby wins the chili cookoff in the Fall!! Thank you!
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?
Hi Krissy, thank you so much! I actually do use the entire 1/2 cup. I know it sounds like a lot, but this recipe makes a good amount of chili so it ends up flavoring it perfectly. I hope you love it! xo, Tawnie
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!
Thank you so much for pointing it out, it means a lot! I updated the blog post to clear up the confusion 🙂 YAY! That makes me happy. Enjoy!!
I am obsessed with making my own spice blends…this is perfect to have on hand for fall!
Okay so HELP! I make my own chili seasoning too, but have SUCH a hard time finding plain chili powder! Do you order online??
Totally understand!! My local grocery stores carry salt free – maybe ask next time you go if you can’t find it?! 🙂 Also – AMAZON hooks it up!
This seems so simple and I love how the ingredient list doesn’t have salt!
Thank you Shan!! <3