Spice up your next batch of Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning! Made with simple spices you already have at home, this flavorful spice blend can be used on so many things- roasted potatoes, sweet potato or cauliflower, fish, chicken, tofu, or use as taco seasoning! Take this to the next level by grinding whole dried chilies- optional but fun!
Here is a simple recipe for Homemade Chili Seasoning. Keep it basic with the use of ground spices you already have on hand, or get creative and elevate this by using dried whole chilies – a fun way to add flavor and nuance to your chili!
You spice lovers out there are truly going to enjoy this! And this is especially suited to those of you who grew a garden full of chilies last summer and happened to dehydrate them.
Homemade Chili Seasoning Spices:
- chili powder (or sub-ground, dried whole chilies)
- ground chipotle powder (optional) or cayenne
- optional: ground whole dried chilies (pasillas, Guajillo, chilies negro, chipotles)
Now here is where we can get creative!
What to do with Dried Chilies:
You know all those beautiful dried chilies either in your pantry or at the store that you’ve been curious about? Feel free to use them in your spice blend.
- Just grind them up in a high powered blender, or spice grinder and add this to your seasoning.
- It’s like making homemade chili powder or homemade chili flakes!
- What I love about this is how much depth and flavor these add! Make doubly sure to check the heat level before adding (it should say on the package itself.)
Popular Types of Dried Chilies:
- Chiles Negro
Here I’ve used Pasilla Chilies I happened to have on hand, which add a complex fruity heat, with a subtle sweetness. I added a tablespoon to the basic recipe, for a little burst of flavor.
And there you have it: Homemade Chili Seasoning for one large batch of Chili.
Or store the Chili Seasoning a sealed jar and use this to season taco meat, roasted potatoes or cauliflower, grilled chicken or meats, or as a spice rub for crispy tofu.
Uses for Homemade Chili Seasoning:
- Whitebean Chili with Jackfruit
- Simple Crispy Tofu
- Simple baked Chicken
- Instant Pot Chili with Dry Beans
- Clean out your fridge Vegan Chili
- White Chili Chicken Verde
Give it a try and let me know how you adapt it to make it your own.
Spice up your next batch of Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning! Made with simple spices you already have at home, this flavorful spice blend can be used on so many things- taco meat, roasted potatoes, roasted cauliflower, fish, chicken, fish or on crispy tofu!
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon coriander
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder (or cayenne pepper)
- 1 tsp salt, more to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or sugar substitue, optional, but tasty)
- 1/4– 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a sealed jar. Or use all in one batch of chili (with 1 pound meat or meat substitue, 2 cans beans).
If adding whole dried chilies: Test for heat level (should say on package, or taste small piece). Place a whole chili in a high powered blender, or spice grinder (remove stems, and seeds if you like). Grind until fine. Add 1 tablespoon to this basic recipe. Use remainder as you would chili flakes- I like to keep in a little bowl by the stove.
Spice blend will keep 6-9 months in a sealed jar.
Add the entire batch of spices to one normal sized batch of chili (1-2 lbs meat + 1-2 cans beans).
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