Homemade chili seasoning mix is made in less than 5 minutes! This easy recipe is gluten free, vegan, whole 30 compliant & keto friendly!

Chili seasoning mix of 8 spices in a bowl with a white and gold spoon

When you hear the word “chili seasoning”, you probably think of a big bowl of chili. This seasoning mix does make one delicious batch of chili, but it can also be used in a variety of recipes!

I love tossing sweet potatoes in chili seasoning, then adding them to this Sweet Potato Cranberry Spinach Salad. I also love making an easy skillet turkey chili, then adding it to spaghetti squash.

When you make your own homemade spice blends, you know exactly what’s in it! Just like in these recipes for homemade taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and fajita seasoning.

This recipe combines 8 common spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet. I like to buy the most common spices I use in the kitchen and in my seasoning mixes in bulk.

You can do this by purchasing large containers of the spices on Amazon. Or find them in stores like Costco or Smart and Final. You can also head to the bulk spices aisle at your local grocery store. Fill up bags of your favorite spices at a fraction of the cost!

Chili seasoning blend in a white bowl with a gold and white spoon in the bowl

How to make Homemade Chili Seasoning

In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, crushed red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.

Store in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, for up to 2 years in the pantry.

Is chili powder the same thing as chili seasoning?

No. Chili powder is made with ground chilis and sometimes the addition of paprika, cumin and Mexican Oregano. Chili seasoning is a combination of 8 spices used to make chili or other recipes that call for chili seasoning.

Can I use cayenne pepper instead of chili powder?

Not unless you want an extremely spicy seasoning blend! Ground cayenne pepper is exactly what it says it is. It’s ground red cayenne peppers with no added ingredients. It is much spicier than chili powder.

Can I substitute chili seasoning for taco seasoning?

Chili seasoning and taco seasoning use similar ingredients, but in different quantities. You can substitute chili seasoning for taco seasoning in a pinch.

The chili seasoning will have a stronger chili flavor. There is 4 times the amount of chili powder in chili seasoning than in taco seasoning.

How much seasoning does this recipe make?

This recipe makes 8 tbsp, which equals 4 oz of chili seasoning. Most seasoning packets you’ll find at the grocery store are approximately 1 oz. This equals 2 tbsp of this homemade seasoning mix.

Chili seasoning in mason jar with small gold spoon

How to make Easy Homemade Chili

Add 1 pound ground beef to a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Cook through until the beef is browned. Drain any grease from the skillet, then add the ground beef to a slow cooker.

Add a 15.5 oz can of chili beans to the slow cooker. Add a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes and 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. Finally, add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and 2 tbsp of the chili seasoning.

Slow cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.

Also try this scrumptious seasoning in these delicious recipes!

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Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade chili seasoning mix is made in less than 5 minutes! This easy recipe is gluten free, vegan, whole 30 compliant & keto friendly!


  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 43kcal (2%)Carbohydrates 7g (2%)Protein 2g (4%)Fat 2g (3%)Sodium 723mg (30%)Potassium 245mg (7%)Fiber 3g (12%)Vitamin A 3145mg (63%)Vitamin C 0.2mgCalcium 57mg (6%)Iron 3.6mg (20%)
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