Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I have been making my own homemade chili seasoning for almost ten years now. I used to buy the packets from the grocery store, but as soon as I discovered this recipe I was hooked. The beauty of this is that it’s really just a flavor base to build off of. You make this mix, then when cooking up your chili, feel free to doctor it however you please. Make it hotter, add some green pepper, maybe a secret ingredient passed down for generations, or just eat it like it is.

The recipe I’m giving you below is for ONE pound of ground beef. I always double it due to the size of our family.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I’m also going to show you how to make several batches of this recipe so that you won’t have to pull out the measuring spoons every time you make a pot of chili. I usually make 5 or 6 batches to store in the cabinet, but when putting this last one together I ran low of dried minced onion, so I went with three instead.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

First, set out one bowl for each batch you plan to make. Measure the ingredients into each bowl.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Stir the ingredients in each bowl with a fork.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

You will need one zipper sandwich bag for each batch of mix. Put each mixture into its own baggie. Squeeze out the excess air, close the bag and roll it up. Wrap the baggie in foil and mark it as chili seasoning. I do this because I also make my own taco seasoning and store them in the same cabinet.

51o7wYVDBAL._SL110_Wrapping them in foil keeps the seasoning from being exposed to light, which can dull the flavor of some herbs and spices. This has a shelf life of about a year, just like your other dried herbs. Mine never lasts that long. ;)

If you are looking for more chili recipes, I’ve been eyeballing this book on Amazon. With 130 recipes for chili, how could you NOT find one?? :)

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Looking for more ways to use ground beef? I have lots of ground beef recipes here, or you can browse a few I’ve hand picked for you below.

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Make Your Own Chili Seasoning


    Chili Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • For the Chili
  • 1 recipe Amanda's Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (run them through a blender if you don't like the chunks)
  • 1/4 cup water


    For the Chili Seasoning
  1. Measure all ingredients into the same bowl and mix together with a fork.
  2. Store in zipper sandwich bags that have been wrapped in foil to keep light out.
  3. Label foil packages. Keeps for 6-9 months in a cool dry cabinet.
  4. To Make the Chili:
  5. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain off fat from ground beef and return beef to pan.
  6. Add seasoning mix, water, beans and tomatoes and stir to combine. At this point you can add in anything else that you want to personalize the recipe.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


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73 Responses to Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

  1. 1
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    What a great little spice recipe! I know I will by the little tex mex chili packet but why not make it? I have all those spices on hand anyway. I will have to give this a try :)

    • 1.1
      mary simmons says:

      can the cumin be optional in this chili recipe?

      • Amanda Formaro says:

        I have never tried it without the cumin Mary. You could certainly try it and see how it is! Let me know if you do :)

        • John says:

          Cumin is THE base flavor of chili. It is of course a matter of opinion and taste, but as tasty as it might be without cumin, it ain’t chili.

  2. 2
    Barb, sfo says:

    The ziplock baggies are a great idea! This way you don't have to remember how much each batch makes, and measure out of a jar.

  3. 3
    Frieda says:

    Great recipe! I love the mild version ~ thanks!

  4. 4
    Ed Schenk says:

    Whats great about this is you can control the salt.Packaged chili seasoning has way too much salt.

  5. 5
    Mags says:

    What a great idea to have it all premixed and ready to go like that. And those are all spices I always have on hand. Thanks Amanda! (I always learn something new when I visit you)

  6. 6
    Cathy (breadexperience) says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7
    Marie says:

    What a fantastic Idea Amanda!! Leave it to you, to come up with it!! XXOO

  8. 8
    cookies and cups says:

    What a great idea!

  9. 9
    Debbie says:

    Thanks for this recipe Amanda! I will have to try making my own chili mix!

  10. 10
    Tiffiny Felix says:

    I make my own taco seasoning now, thanks to Kevin over at Closet Cooking, and I can't wait to try this! Thanks! :)

  11. 11
    Jelli Bean says:

    I am a little disappointed, as I thought this would include a real bare-bones recipe..but it includes chili powder, something else we could make at home. Either way, I'm sure this is delish.

  12. 12
    noble pig says:

    Very cool, I always make my own too.

  13. 13
    Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    I always mean to put together some herb & spice mixes like this as they're soooo expensive to buy. I never get round to it but I feel more inspired to now!

    • 13.1
      John says:

      The individual spices might seem expensive, but the premixed(almost always lower quality and less healthy than self made) is MUCH more expensive ounce for ounce.
      Food processimg plants are, in the end, glorified factories.

      • Amanda says:

        I totally agree with John. You can certainly try it without, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s like taking cilantro out of salsa.

  14. 14
    Susan says:

    What a great idea! I will definitely have to do this! I make a lot of chili in the winter. Great timesaver. :)

  15. 15
    Chow and Chatter says:

    oh wow i bet your chilli tastes amazing, love it

    Happy Valentines

    love Rebecca

  16. 16
    biz319 says:

    Great idea Amanda! I love making my own dry rubs, but never thought to make chili seasoning – thanks! :D

    Oh, Happy Valentine's!

  17. 17
    Ingrid says:

    Hey, thanks! Too often I won't make something because I don't have the seasoning mix. I feel kinda silly for not thinking of this.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. 18
    Bassinman says:

    This appears to be the best starter list I have found on the net so far. By the looks of the seasonings, it should be tasty as is, but I seem to always overdo most recipes in time, as My family enjoys changes to foods, and different flavors. I will give this a try, mainly because we are on limited salt intake and I find that 99% of all prepared foods/seasonings contain over a week's provision of salt for a normal person in each serving – especially canned chilies and soups.

  19. 19
    Amanda says:

    Bassinman – it is definitely tasty as is, that's how we use it :) but it's also perfect for doctoring up and making your own. Enjoy!

  20. 20

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  21. 21

    Great recipe!!! I made a HUGE pot of chili today and used your “mix”. It was a hit! I’ll never buy a packet again.

  22. 22
    Kathy says:

    Thanks, Amanda, great chili seasoning for family. I will use it from now own, great little gift idea too.

  23. 23
    Diane says:

    I made the chili this morning using your ingredients and it was bland. So I doubled the seasoning and it was still bland. Probably going to look for another chili seasoning recipe.

  24. 24
    Charlisa says:

    Try adding some cocoa powder to this for depth. I know it sounds strange, but the Aztecs made their “chocolatl” with red chiles. My favorite store-bought brand has cocoa in it and it is soooo yummy!

  25. 25

    […] 2 batches of this wonderful seasoning mix: 1 T flour, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 2 T minced dried onion, 2 tsp dark chili […]

  26. 26
    doreen says:

    just what i was looking for on this blustery morning.

  27. 27
    Jim says:

    Like your spice recipe w/o the sugar. I add one can of petite diced tomatoes, one diced pepper, one diced onion instead of the minced onion, and one halopino. Sometimes I will throw in some white or black beans for contrast. Thanks for the spice mix.

  28. 28
    Beth says:

    This is the best chili recipe I’ve ever tasted! I use ground turkey to make it a little more healthy. :) Delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  29. 29
    Diane says:

    I just made a batch of chili and I used this recipe. I don’t buy the packets in the store anymore. This is really good and I also make the homemade taco seasoning too. I put it in little baby food jars/baby food plastic containers that I saved from taking care of my grandson who is now 8. Delicious!!!

  30. 30

    We tried this recipe tonight because the Chili-O packet apparently fell out of our shopping cart before we got to the register. Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  31. 31
    Theresa says:

    Thanks, Amanda. I planned for chili in my weekly menu, then forgot to buy the chili packet. Didn’t realize I had all the ingredients on hand! You saved the day! :)

  32. 32
    Courtney B says:

    Hi! Question. For the chili seasoning do you use minced garlic? The minced garlic I have is moist and your seasoning looks dry? Thanks!

  33. 33

    I mixed up a single recipe of this tonight and made chili for dinner. I followed your recipe exactly then, when I made the chili, I added a tablespoon of diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It was delicious. My husband thought it was delicious.

  34. 34
    Joe Pearson says:

    I was wondering about nit adding the flour. I often cook for folks who don’t / can’t eat flour.

  35. 35
    lisa says:

    At this time of year you con get snack size zip lock baggies on clearance after Halloween is over. They would be the perfect fit to store these spices in! Thank you for the help you gave me today! Ive lost some memory after a herific motorcycle accident. A car didn’t stop at a stop sign and ran me over…I was life flighted and on life support for a period of time….but God spared my life and He continues to put people such as yourself in my path helping me along the way as I continue to recover! Again thank you for helping me make chili for my husbands supper!!!! Ment so much!

  36. 36
    lisa says:

    Also I used brown sugar instead of white sugar…its great!! And my daughter reminded me that we use to use baked beans too….so we added some of them and green peppers and onion to our burger when we cooked it!!! But it couldn’t have been chili without the spices…..thanks again

  37. 37

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  38. 38
    Alexandra says:

    How many servings does the recipe make? I’m wanting to know if the recipe you have is for 1 serving and would be the equivalent of using a store-bought 1.25 oz chili seasoning package. Thanks!

  39. 39
    Pam says:

    Is the garlic in your mix garlic powder, or is it actually minced cloves of garlic?

  40. 40
    Audrey says:

    Amanda, I just wanted to let ya know that I found your recipe for chili seasoning a couple weeks back and we really like it. It’s my new way to make chili. I add more seasonings as it simmers. This is a great base to begin with. So thanks for piston this. It’s being used in Mississippi.:-)

  41. 41

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  42. 42
    Homestead Mommy says:

    Out of curiosity — how many Tablespoons would you use per pound of meat? I don’t particularly care to keep them baggies. I like to display mine in mason jars on my counter. Maybe 2 1/2 T per pound? Thanks in advance and looking forward to giving this one a try.

  43. 43
    Homestead Mommy says:

    Or I guess, a better question does a single batch yield? Thanks again =)

    • 43.1

      Hi there! One batch yields enough for one pound of beef. If you would like to make it in bulk, I suggest making one then measuring it out so you can see how many tablespoons are in a batch. :)

  44. 44
    Mary says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I was out of the packets and didn’t want to run to the store. so i did a search and found your recipe. I just tried it and love it I did leave out the flour because i cant have gluten it was still great.

  45. 45

    Try using canned tomato soup along with the canned diced. Either way, very good!

  46. 46
    texasgoat says:

    Great recipe with a little modification. I added 1/2 tea oregano and instead of sugar add 1-2 TBL ketchup.
    Now I can make chile when I feel like it!

  47. 47
    Patti Teeters says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe Amanda! I haven’t used it yet, but after the awful spices I used in my chili today I will use your recipe from now on. By the way, the spices I used today was a store bought packet . Thanks again for the recipe. It’ll be a cherished recipe in my cabinet.

  48. 48

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