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Homemade chili seasoning in a glass jar.

Homemade Chili Seasoning

The best secret ingredient for chili is Homemade Chili Seasoning, a blend of herbs and spices that take ordinary ground beef and beans to the next level. 
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 31kcal


  • 1/4 cup chili powder (see note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander


  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle chili powder, thyme, and coriander. Stir to combine. Store covered for up to 6 months.


  1. Chili powder: If you shop at an international food market and buy “chili powder,” sometimes this is just straight-up ground dried red chiles (cayenne pepper), not the Americanized chili powder blend you’re thinking of. You should be able to tell by the color of the powder. 
  2. Chile vs. chili: They are the same thing; it’s really just a matter of naming conventions. “Chile” is the Spanish word for capsicums such as jalapeños, serranos, habañeros, poblanos, and so on. Americans sometimes spell it “chili” but now we are moving towards “chile” because “chili” is the stew with the meat.
  3. Turkey Chili: A fabulous and easy ground turkey recipe that's so good for you.
  4. Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne: Slow cooked traditional chili is great to come home to after a frantic day. Especially with cornbread.
  5. Venison Chili: Got a hunter in the family? Help them make space in the freezer with this healthy chili made with deer meat.
  6. Cincinnati Chili: Famous chili eaten on spaghetti and topped with onions and cheese. Add some cinnamon to the mix to make it authentic.


Serving: 2teaspoons | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2380IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg