All great chili recipes begin with the right seasoning. My chili seasoning recipe is the perfect foundation for your next pot of chili. Whether you like no bean chili or chili with meat and beans, this seasoning blend brings just the right amount of heat.
This chili seasoning recipe has a similar taste to your favorite chili sauce. You’ll never need to buy pre-made packages of seasoning again!
Pull your spices out, and let’s make so chili magic!
I love making from scratch spice blends, and this chili seasoning recipe is one of my favorite. Here’s why!
- Makes enough for at least 2 batches of chili
- No fancy ingredients
- Only takes a few minutes to mix up
- You can adjust it to your tastes
How To Make Chili Seasoning Recipe
Making this chili seasoning recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply measure out all the spices and mix thoroughly!
The chili spices in this homemade chili seasoning recipe are probably already in your pantry!
Espresso powder – don’t skip this one because it seems weird to add coffee to chili. Espresso powder helps highlight the warmth from the chili powder. Don’t worry. Your chili seasoning won’t taste like your favorite latte!
Cocoa powder – much like espresso, cocoa helps develop the other spices in the blend. It also adds an earthy flavor that balances the heat. It’s a little trick that makes a big difference!
Heat level – this recipe is medium heat as it is. If you want to add more kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper. Remember a little goes a long way. I’d go up in 1/8 teaspoon increments.
Spice blends can go stale quickly. That’s why I love this recipe. It makes enough to for at least 2 batches of chili, so you make one and have one for later. However, it doesn’t make so much that you have tons of leftovers to go stale.
Be sure to store your mixed spices in a tightly sealed container. Plastic bags are not the best option. A mason jar with a tight lid is better, or you can recycle an empty spice container! Properly stored, the seasoning mix should last a couple of years.
Here are some great ideas on how to use this delicious seasoning mix!
Can I Add This To Beef Recipes?
This chili seasoning mix is just right for traditional beef chili-like Texas Roadhouse Chili. A classic Texas chili recipe needs lots of meat and lots of spice. This mix gives you just that!
Another beefy way to use this seasoning is in Alton Brown chili. It’s full of meat and layer after layer of flavor!
Can I Add This To Pasta Recipes?
Pasta and chili are a match made in heaven. Chili mac is one of my favorite comfort foods and has the added benefit of being a one-pot wonder! Straight from Cincinnati, you can’t beat chili spaghetti.
Whether you like it 2- way or all-out 5-way, this seasoning mix will give you just the right kick for your version of the Skyline classic.
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
If you like it spicy, here are some other fantastic chili sauce recipes to try!
- Sweet Chili Sauce – sweet and spicy in perfect balance
- Chili Cheese Dip – perfect for tailgating or barbeques
- Chile Con Queso – Break out the tortilla chips for this cheesy dip with a kick
- Thai Sweet Chili Sauce – goes great on spring rolls, veggies, or grilled meat
This simple chili seasoning mix is sure to become a regular in your spice cabinet. You’ll love the depth of flavor and how it goes on just about anything! What else do you use it for besides a pot of chili?
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