The BEST Chili Seasoning Recipe (Easy + Homemade)

This homemade chili seasoning recipe is made with simple herbs and spices (that are probably already in your cupboard). Use this seasoning mix to season 1 pound of meat.

This is the best chili seasoning mix because it’s made with a handful of simple ingredients, seasons meat, veggies, and stews perfectly, and stays fresh for up to 1 year! You’ll never need to buy a store-bought packet again with this recipe in your back pocket.

A packet of chili seasoning mix is usually needed in most homemade chili recipes. This mix is usually made from simple spices and herbs you probably already have in your cupboard, so why waste your money? It’s very easy to make yourself using 7 spices, plus can be used for so much more than just chili.

Chili seasoning from scratch is the best way to take White Chicken Chili or Beef and Beer Chili up a notch, but it can be used to bring flavor, spice, and warmth to all kinds of dishes. Rub it onto meat before roasting or grilling, sprinkle a little on roasted potatoes, or stir some into mac and cheese! There are endless ways to use homemade chili seasoning.

What is chili seasoning mix made of?

I’ll bet you already have most, if not all of these simple herbs and spices already in your cupboard:

  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne
  • Black pepper

How to use homemade chili seasoning

It just wouldn’t be a hearty pot of chili without the smoky seasoning! Use a sprinkle of the seasoning in my Instant Pot chili, buffalo chicken chili, sweet potato chili, and vegetarian chili

Did you know that chili seasoning can be used for so. much. more. than chili? Here are some of the best ways to use it:

Overhead close up of chili seasoning next to spoon.

How to store it

You can use the seasoning mix immediately or store it in a sealed container or jar in a cool, dry place for up to one year.


This homemade chili seasoning mix can be customized in a few ways to fit what your taste buds prefer:

  • Smoky: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons smoked paprika or substitute chipotle chili powder for the regular chili powder.
  • Spicy: Increase the cayenne pepper to ½ teaspoon or add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Herby: Either increase the oregano to 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons, add 1 teaspoon of dried basil and thyme, or use all three. 
  • Savory: Add ½ teaspoon of onion powder.
  • Warmth: Add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
Side view of bowl of chili seasoning on plate.

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Side view of chili seasoning in small wooden bowl with spoon.

Chili Seasoning Recipe

This homemade Chili Seasoning is made with simple herbs and spices (that are probably already in your cupboard) and is the best way to liven up meat, chili, and more!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.


You can use the seasoning mix immediately or store it in a sealed container in a cool, dry place for up to one year.
Makes enough to season 1 pound meat.
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Small Bowl


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2465mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2668IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 5mg

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