How To Make Your Own Chili Seasoning

Chili season is upon us, and this makes me wild with excitement.  I love football, chilly nights, crisp apples, and cozy sweaters!  Forget that I live in Phoenix, and this doesn’t happen until January.  But like everyone else here in the “Valley of the Sun”, we pretend.   I crank my AC down on Sundays, grab a blanket and pretend I am not sweating as I watch the Bengals get beat.

I made my first batch of chili this year and in my rush to get started I realized that I didn’t have any chili seasoning in the pantry. Since my meat was already browning I did what anyone would do to see how I could fudge chili without the “packet”.  And I learned that I could make my own!

I finished making my chili with my own seasoning, and everyone at the table had seconds!  It worked.  So I will pass this on to you, because it’s so incredibly easy.

homemade chili seasoning


1/3 cup Chili Powder

1 Tbs Salt

1.5 Tbs Garlic Powder

2 Tbs Cumin

1 Tbs Basil


Combine in a bowl.  Store in a cute jar. When it’s time to use 3 Tablespoons of the mix = 1 packet of the store-bought seasoning.

There are many seasoning recipes out there, I made a Pinterest board of other seasoning recipes I have found.  But I urge you to use your imagination and get creative with your taste buds!  It’s super fun.

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