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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