The Best Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe

This homemade chili seasoning recipe is perfect for soup night! This chili seasoning can be used with ground beef chili, ground turkey chili, venison chili, or even vegetarian chili. Simmer your chili over the stove, or let the flavors meld in the crockpot all day. With this easy and flavorful chili seasoning recipe, making chili for an easy dinner recipe will be easier than ever!

My husband prefers his chili very spicy, but my toddlers do not! 🙂 This chili seasoning recipe is easily adjustable to suit your family’s taste. Beans, canned tomatoes, and meat + this chili seasoning recipe = a delicious and hearty meal. It is frugal too!

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What ingredients are in chili seasoning?

  • chili powder – Fun fact! I live in Zambia, and there is no chili powder here. So we bring our own with us . . . this one is our favorite!
  • cumin – contains so many antioxidants plus has the best flavor profile for chili
  • garlic powder – we add garlic to almost everything 😛
  • coriander – did you know that coriander promotes good gut health?
  • oregano – a staple herb!
  • turmeric – have you tried our Iced Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea? So healthy and refreshing!
  • paprika – if you can get this smoked paprika, it’s even better.
  • cayenne pepper – if you aren’t a fan of spicy chili, this is the spice you’ll want to omit.
  • flour – just all-purpose flour . . . thickens everything up
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How to use this homemade chili seasoning :

  • Choose your beans – you can make chili from any type of beans! Try a combo of red beans and kidney beans, black beans and white beans . . . . experiment and use whatever beans that your family enjoys best.
  • Choose your canned tomatoes – I like to use diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes, along with a small can of tomato paste to add the thickened texture.
  • Choose your meat – our family favorite is ground beef, but you can use ground chicken, ground turkey, venison, or go vegan with no meat.
  • Choose your vegetables – chopped green peppers, minced onion, a can of corn, diced carrots . . . the options for veggies are endless.
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Making the best homemade chili:

  • In a skillet over medium heat, saute 1 pound meat, season with salt and pepper, then drain the fat.
  • Add 3 cans canned tomatoes, 5 cans canned beans, and vegetables.
  • Add 1 full recipe of chili seasoning.
  • Boil for a few minutes, then simmer on stove, or all day in slow-cooker.
  • Top with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, jalapeño, and sour cream if desired.
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What spices taste good in chili? says “While cumin, chile powder, and cayenne pepper tend to be common additions to many chili recipes, there’s a broad world of flavor out there to experiment with. Try a little fenugreek, turmeric, garam masala, or sumac to layer in more complex flavors. Smoky paprika is my own personal favorite.”

Is chili powder the same as chili seasoning? says “Essentially, all chili seasoning mixes contain chili powder, along with many other ingredients.” Chili powder is just a part of chili seasoning; they are not equal.

Is chili better the longer it cooks?

Yes! You’ll get better results the longer you simmer it.

What makes chili taste like chili?

“Chili is famous for its spicy flavor. This is thanks to a spice mix which typically includes chile, cumin, and garlic powder. Adding the mix at the beginning of the cooking process will ensure that it infuses every bite with flavor.” says With this seasoning blend, your chili will definitely taste exactly they way it should!

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Are you on a diet? Chili is a great meal choice for keto, paleo, low carb, or gluten free! Just omit the flour in the seasoning mix, and add more tomato paste until you achieve the desired thickness.

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Chili Seasoning Recipe

Yield: Seasons 1-2 lbs. meat

Chili seasoning recipe with robust flavor to make the best homemade chili


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all spices together.
  2. Use immediately, or store in a well sealed jar.

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