How to Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

Glass jar with homemade chili seasoning on marble countertop

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Well, Fall is upon us once again.  And you know what that means!  Yup, slow cooker season.  In my opinion, nothing beats a big bowl of slow cooker chili, complete with homemade chili seasoning.  It’s SO tasty, and I think it will become a favourite of yours! 

If you’ve already tried it, you’ll know that I make use of my homemade chili seasoning. 


Why you should make your own seasonings

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on some of those seasoning packets from the store?  I have.  Let me tell you, I can’t even pronounce some of those words, let alone know what they are.  Not all of them, of course, but hey – if you can make it at home, and get just the taste you are looking for, why wouldn’t you want to make your own seasonings?



So often, we spend quite a bit of money on seasonings that aren’t quite to our taste.  Don’t get me wrong, though – there are some AWESOME flavours out there!  And some I simply won’t try to replicate.  But if you’re looking for quick, easy and cost-effective spice blends, why not make your own. 

You can also make your own dressings!


What you need to make Chili Seasoning

This blend of ingredients is one that I came up with after trying several recipes.   While they were all tasty, none of them quite had the taste and flavour I was looking for.  So after mixing and matching, adding and subtracting, I found exactly what I wanted. 

This chili seasoning has some heat, but it isn’t over the top.  I use a blend of chipotle chili powder, cumin, onion flakes, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and Club House Tex Mex Seasoning.  Yes, it’s true, the Tex Mex is a store-bought seasoning, but the ingredient list is decent, and it has the flavour I needed.



I played with the measurements a little, and I finally found the perfect blend of heat and flavour.  After all, chili is NOT supposed to be for the faint of heart!  That being said, you can easily adjust the amount of homemade chili seasoning that you use, to make sure everyone loves it.


How to Store Chili Seasoning

I keep a batch of this chili seasoning on hand at all times, since it’s so easy to make and it keeps nicely in a sealed container or glass jar.  Like the spices you use to make it, this seasoning blend has a long shelf life.  To determine how long it will last, just look at the expiration dates of your spices.  Choose the first date of expiry and plan to use your chili seasoning by then.  But if you’re anything like us, it won’t last that long because I use it in other dishes as well, besides my chili. 



Just last week, I used a little sprinkle in our stuffed peppers, and YUMMMMM.  It was a win!  You could also sprinkle a little into the meat while you are making my awesome healthy and delicious Burger Bowls!  I also use it as a key ingredient in my new favourite slow cooker soup.

The most important thing to remember – making ingredients at home does NOT need to be complicated, time-consuming or costly!  When you make your own chili seasoning, or other seasonings or dressing, you get fresh, healthy ingredients.  And that’s a win for everyone!


Easy Chili Seasoning

Easy Chili Seasoning

Yield: 25 tbsp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Are you looking for a little something extra for your pot of delicious chili? Try this easy homemade chili seasoning and put a bit of zing into every bite!


  • 2 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Tex Mex seasoning


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a glass or plastic air-tight container.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Use 1-2 tbsp of seasoning for every 6 servings of chili, or to taste.
Nutrition Information
Yield 25 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 4Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 480mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g


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