Chili Seasoning Recipe

This chili seasoning recipe is a heady mix of pretty standard spices you can mix together to make a fabulous pot of chili!

A good pot of chili is a beautiful thing. Either on a cold winter night or during the summer months when you want it over nachos or chili dogs. But no matter the time of year, a good pot of chili absolutely needs a good base of flavor. That flavor comes from chili spice, and this chili spice recipe is perfect for almost any pot of chili you care to make!

A spice jar filled with this Chili Seasoning Recipe sits tipped over with the spices spilling out onto a wood surface.

How To Make Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Making your own seasoning mixes is the easiest thing you could ever do in the kitchen. I find it’s easiest to collect all your spice jars on your kitchen counter first so you aren’t constantly hunting for the next jar. But aside from that, all you do is put the spices in a bowl or bag and mix them up!

How Much Seasoning Should You Use?

The formula for this mix is pretty simple.

Use 2 tbsp. for every 1 lb. of meat

Once you get a feel for the strength of this seasoning mix, you can easily adjust with more if you prefer. But 2 tbsp. is a good start.

All the spices for this Chili Seasoning Recipe sit in a white bowl, waiting to be blended together. You can see each individual spice.

What Spices Should You Use For Chili Seasoning?

The list is pretty basic, using many spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet. And if you don’t, this list is a great way to stock your pantry for future recipes because the spices are all ones you can use individually in your day-to-day cooking.

  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Ground black pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Ground cinnamon

See! Basic stuff that comes together to make an amazing bowl of chili.

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A spice jar filled with this Chili Spice Recipe sits tipped over with the spices spilling out onto a wood surface.

Chili Spice Recipe

Mix together this heady collection of spices for adding to the perfect pot of chili!
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Course: Dry Mix, Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 11 servings
Calories: 40kcal


  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Place all the spices in a mixing bowl
    Step one is to add all the spices for this Chili Spice Recipe to a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together with a small whisk or fork until well blended.
    Step two is to whisk all the spices together until well combined.
  • Store in an air-tight container in your spice cabinet.
    Step three is to store the Chili Spice in an air-tight container and store in your spice cabinet.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1864IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Thanks!! Glad to have this!!!