How to Make Chili Seasoning Mix (Easy 2-Minute Recipe)

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I used to go through a bottle of tiny spice blends a week (at least!) cooking for a large family at home. I decided to try my hand at creating my own and I haven’t looked back. This chili seasoning recipe combines flavorful ingredients without the preservatives and additives. Add it to your next batch of chili, or season some scrambled eggs for breakfast!

The Best Chili Seasoning

Once I started making my own homemade spice blends from bulk ingredients, I was shocked at how much one little packet of spices in the store cost. For the price of only a few tablespoons of chili powder, I could buy half a pound of spice and make my own. Now, I make (almost) all of our seasoning blends, and my kids love to help. Several years ago my friend Layla Ali (yes, daughter of Mohammed Ali!) created some delicious spice blends that we also use.

Homemade spice blends save money and help you avoid harmful ingredients found in many pre-mixed seasonings and packets. They’re also a great project to make with little kids since they don’t require any chopping, cooking, or heating. My kids loved helping measure and mix with me!

You can completely revamp your spice cabinet in a day by making your homemade spice blends and storing them in small glass jars.

What is in Chili Seasoning Mix?

In the stores, it’s an over-priced packet of pre-mixed seasoning, often with some anti-caking agents and artificial flavors. Most often, chili seasoning is a mix of 5-8 spices including chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and others.

Chili seasoning is similar to homemade taco seasoning and fajita seasoning. While it has many of the same ingredients, there’s more of an emphasis on chili powder. I like to start with good-quality chili pepper powder for the best flavor. If you like more of a kick you could add some black pepper, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper to your chili seasoning.

Chili Seasoning vs Chili Powder

So what’s the difference between chili seasoning mix and chili powder?

Essentially, all chili seasoning mixes contain chili powder, along with many other ingredients. Yet, not all chili powders are part of chili seasoning mix. Chili powders can be made from a single pepper or a blend and can be used alone or in spice mixes.

Feeling DIYish?

Here’s a great tutorial for how to make your own chili powder by dehydrating peppers. You can use hot peppers for a spicier powder or even bell peppers for a sweeter mild flavor.

What Are the Spices in Chili Seasoning?

Chili powder is usually the core ingredient with a mixture of cumin, garlic, onion powder, oregano, and other spices. You can make it with or without salt. I prefer to make it without salt and add salt based on the recipe I’m using it in.

How Many Tablespoons Are In a Packet of Chili Seasoning?

If you’ve only ever purchased packets of chili seasoning mix, you’re in for a treat when you make your own. Without fillers and additives, you don’t need nearly as much and the flavor is much more vibrant.

While chili packets have about 1/3 cup of mix, this often includes flour and other fillers. I find that 2-3 tablespoons of homemade chili mix is the same as one package of chili seasoning. In most recipes, I start with 1½ to 2 tablespoons per pound of meat or vegetables or other foods I’m using. You can always add more to taste.

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Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

This simple chili seasoning mix includes chili powder, garlic, cumin, onion powder, and others for a delicious addition to any chili recipe. Tastes great on other dishes too!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Calories 8kcal
Author Katie Wells


1.5 cups



  • Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or airtight container and shake to mix.
  • Use as desired to season your favorite dishes.


Nutrition Facts
Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 8 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.5g1%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Protein 0.4g1%
Vitamin A 398IU8%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Use 2-3 tablespoons of this mix to replace one store-bought chili seasoning packet.
  • Use 1½-2 tablespoons for each pound of ground beef or other meat in a recipe.

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Storage and Shelf Life

I store this chili powder in an air-tight glass jar and it lasts up to a year, though it has the best flavor in the first six months. Be sure to keep in a cool, dark place away from direct light and heat.

Where to Get the Spices

Where I used to have dozens of spices from the grocery store, I now have a dozen or so small glass jars with pre-mixed seasonings. I save lots of time and money by using them! I buy most of my spices in bulk from Frontier brand organic on Amazon.

Chili Recipes

This is great to keep on hand to make quick chili on a busy night and it’s also great on omelets and roasted veggies. Of course, this works great in almost any pot of chili, but here are some of the recipes we love using it in!

Do you make your own spice blends? What’s your favorite way to use chili seasoning? Leave a comment and let us know!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


31 responses to “How to Make Chili Seasoning Mix (Easy 2-Minute Recipe)”

  1. Sonja Avatar

    Do you have a recipe to use when you don’t have seasonings in bulk? I want to make a smaller amount for now.

  2. Mike Avatar

    Would you mind sharing what type of “chili Powder” was used for this recipe? I seem to always get confused between “chili powder” and chili powder blend with other ingredients.

  3. Sandy Avatar

    5 stars
    I love this chili mix recipe. I’ve been making my own seasoning mix for years and always have a jar on hand. The more ingredients, the less likely I am to try a recipe. This one is simple and easy and so versatile.

  4. Roy McCarty Avatar
    Roy McCarty

    Would you consider this Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe, “Mild” ?
    We don’t like our Mexican cuisine too be “Spicey Hot”

  5. Ishita Chakraborty Avatar
    Ishita Chakraborty

    Can you please mention the size of cup to be used or the exact quantity of ingredients?

  6. Kendrick Avatar

    5 stars
    Great recipe,

    I was looking for an easy chili season recipe and I finally found it.
    I am going to make it tomorrow.

    Thank You!

  7. Ruth Reece Avatar
    Ruth Reece

    Please people, read the article. She gives the answers to most all your questions

  8. Kristy Avatar

    Thank you!
    And we can’t do nightshades. Would this be weird without?
    Also, for anyone that wants spices (or anything else) from Frontier, I run co-ops and so the prices are close to half of what you would find in the store. If anyone is interested, let me know. 🙂

  9. Sherryl Avatar

    It is SO much better than the store bought, too! Thanks for this recipe. I always make my own taco seasoning.

  10. Peggy D Avatar

    I checked the link to the Simply Organic chili powder and it contains silicon dioxide. What is that and is it unhealthy? I’ve had trouble finding a chili powder without it. I know it makes it free flowing but I think I’d rather have it clumpy! Please advise! Thanks for all your wonderful advice!

  11. Teresa Avatar

    So where do you get the original spices? Knowing they all about high quality organic, isn’t that expensive to have enough on hand to revamp your spice cabinet? Can you provide a list of spice mixes and recipes for a well stocked cabinet? And finally, I have been developing my spice garden. How do you see it’s application? Thank you. You are such a blessing to those of us trying to raise our game.

  12. Shirley Rodnitzky Avatar
    Shirley Rodnitzky

    How much salt and pepper to add to the chili powder recipe? Just found the recipe today for the chili powder and will try it for dinner.

  13. Paula Avatar

    5 stars
    I checked a chili packet I had on hand when I mixed this seasoning today, and it was approximately 5 Tbsp, so that’s how much I used in mine (per 1 lb. ground beef or turkey and whatever beans and sauce you use); it was PERFECT! Thanks for the recipe, Katie… I will never use the packets with all the extra preservatives and junk again! 🙂

  14. LAURA Avatar

    How much of the chili seasoning would you use for 1 crock pot full of chili?

  15. Wellness Mama Avatar
    Wellness Mama

    Wow… unbelievable! Definitely going to have to post on that one!
    Thanks for the link!

  16. Jenny Avatar

    The strangest question I get from extended family members is why I haven’t lost any weight with all the stomach issues I have and the gluten intolerance. It’s very annoying!! I do have signficant weight to lose. I also have thryroid issues too. I finally had a doc tell his med student that my wrists were small and that I am over weight because I am malnourished. But my body type isn’t meant to have this much weight on it. Crazy finding- but I was pretty thin as a child with a distended stomach. I have restricted carbs in the past and the weight came off. I have a hard time with the low carb long term and so I gained it back. How to do this long term? I think I need to for my health and well being.

    1. Christina Avatar

      Jenny, I am having the same problem.. That little thyroid can make or break a person! I hate that it is SO hard to find health when that bugger is off-balance.

      1. Daed Avatar

        Try doing a whole 30 to help reset your body’s natural chemical and hormonal balances.

    2. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Good luck Jenny! I struggled with some of those same issues, and if it helps… there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, those are some of the things that take longer to heal, but it will happen. You are right, low-carb will help, especially in the short term. Maybe allow yourself one cheat day a month to eat whatever (except gluten) so that you don’t feel like you are giving it up forever and can stick to it better. Also, meal planning was vital for me to stay on track. Hang in there though… this is the toughest part right now!

      1. Candy Avatar

        I just found that Ancestral Supplements has beef thyroid pills. I am going to try them and see if they help out out. Their liver pills and organs pills have helped immensely already.

  17. Johanna Avatar

    The strangest question I have ever received was just last week:

    “By choosing not to feed your kids any grains or dairy products, aren’t you afraid of automatically giving them a food allergy?”

    I assured her this was our lifestyle choice for our family, my husband was on board and our children will not be deprived of any nutrients. With my husband’s family history of celiacs, the condition is degenerative based on exposure. I’d rather not take the risk. When they are old enough to make their own food choices, they can eat the food and see how it makes them feel. In the meantime, I will work to maintain a positive food culture in our house, involve them in the cooking process and teach them WHY we eat this way.

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