Homemade Chili and Taco Seasoning

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of cooking dinner and realize that you’re out of a key ingredient? This happened to me about three years ago when I was in the middle of making a huge pot of chili. After searching my pantry for a nonexistent envelope of chili seasoning, I had to improvise. Turns out this moment of annoyance created a spice cabinet must have.

After a quick visit to Google, I realized that I could make my own chili seasoning and it worked out beautifully. I was able to control the level of heat and the salt content from making my own spice mix and my chili wound up being incredibly flavorful. This homemade chili seasoning recipe wound up being so good,  I ended up making a large batch of it and storing it in my spice cabinet.

This simple chili seasoning turned into a multipurpose spice blend that now flavors most of my Mexican inspired dishes. Everything from homemade tacos to roasted potatoes can be enhanced with this easy to make homemade seasoning blend. Moral of the story? Sometimes a kitchen conundrum can turn into something quite splendid.

Stay tuned later in the week for my favorite chili recipe, trust me, it’s delicious and will be the perfect last minute addition to your Super Bowl Spread!


Homemade Taco and Chili Seasoning

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt, and black pepper.
  2. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Notes:

  • Stored in an airtight container, this spice blend will keep for up to a year.
  • When making chili or tacos using one pound of ground beef, start with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning blend and adjust according to your tastes.

70 Responses to “Homemade Chili and Taco Seasoning”

  1. Michael — September 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I hate to be a jerk, but there is HUGE a problem here. What you have done is taken store bought chili powder, add the EXACT ingredients required to make chili powder and then add salt & pepper.

    OMIT the chili powder, double all the ingredients other than salt & pepper, then add the salt & pepper in the original recipe amounts and you have your own chili powder recipe.
    This adjusted recipe actually works without all the excess cost of the store bought chili powder!
    Sorry, but redundancy is just wasted time and money. Best.

  2. SC — March 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    @Michael you might be confused.  What you buy from the store in packets is chili seasoning, and that is what this recipe makes.  You can get chili powder (which contains ground up chili peppers) on the spices aisle, and that is what this recipe calls for as an ingredient – not the seasoning packets.  Hope that cleared up the confusion. 
    Wikipedia does say that chili powder is sometimes the name used for blends of seasonings including chili powder, so that may be the cause of confusion. 

  3. claudia callahan — May 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    How much of this mixture do you use per chili recipe?

    • Jamie — May 5th, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I usually start with about 1 1/2 tablespoons and add more as needed. I hope this helps.
      Jamie

  4. Jamie C — May 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Hi there,

    Just found this recipe yesterday. I used it last night for turkey fajitas and it was perfect. Thank you for this. However, I could only get onion salt and garlic salt and not powder so I adapted it to from 3 to 1 teaspoon of sea salt. No more shop bought chilli mixes for me. 

    • Jamie — May 18th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      I’m so glad it worked out for you, Jamie!

  5. Jamie C — May 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Oh and I added 1 teaspoon of ground coriander too. Just my preference. 

    • Jamie — May 18th, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      That sounds like a great addition to me!

  6. Kelly — June 23, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I tried this today as it was chili night and I couldn’t find my little packet. It is soooo good! so glad I found this, now I’m saving and using instead of buying!

    • Jamie — June 24th, 2016 at 6:52 am

      I’m so glad you liked it, Kelly!

  7. annie — July 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    @SC, sorry but you’re the one who’s confused. Michael is saying that “chili powder” you buy in the spice aisle already has cumin, garlic, oregano and maybe other stuff in it. It’s better to combine different “chile” powders with your own seasonings.

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