Chili Seasoning Mix

12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Chili Seasoning Mix is a delicious blend of chili powdercumin, garlic, parsley , basil, salt, pepper and more. 

Chili is perfect for cold weather, whether it’s my crazy popular Slow Cooker Beef Chili, Turkey Chili or Classic Beef Chili. If you want to whip up a batch for an especially chilly evening, you should start off by making your own, homemade Chili Seasoning Mix. It’s incredibly easy and goes great with pretty much any kind of chili.


The next time you whip out your favorite chili recipe, you should also use your own homemade Chili Seasoning. All you need to do is sprinkle a hand full onto your ground beef or chicken while you’re cooking it to get a delicious Mexican American inspired flavor. This seasoning recipe is quick, easy and it calls for spices that you can easily find at the grocery store or are probably already in your spice cabinet.

Before you make your next batch of chili, you can make this spice mix well ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container ready to use when you need it. Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix keeps very well in cool, dry places so it’s all ready to go for times when you can’t spend all night making a meal. Just like with any seasoning recipe, it is highly customizable to suit your personal tastes and the general flavor of your chili recipe.

Chili Seasoning Mix mixes the mild spice of chili powder with the rich, savory flavors of onion, garlic, cumin, parsley, salt, basil and pepper together into a rich blend that not only helps to tenderize meat, it also infuses it with flavor that sauce alone won’t. You can also individually package this blend into seasoning packets that you can take along with you to the next cookout.

If you enjoy your chili hot enough to melt metal, there are various chili cook offs around the world, where people gather to show off their delicious and often terrifyingly hot pots of liquid gold. Some of the more notable ones are the Arizona State Open Chili Contest, Louisiana State Open Chili Championship and the New Jersey State Chili and Salsa Cook Off, where people travel to show off their cooking skills. Once you perfect this Chili Seasoning Mix you may want to toss your hat into the ring.


  • In a bowl, stir together flour, chili powder, onion powder, red pepper, onion, garlic, sugar, cumin, parsley, salt, basil and pepper.
  • Store in an airtight container.


  • Spices: If you don’t want to use my spices specifically, you can use a bit of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes based on the flavor palate of your pot of chili.
  • Hot: You can add dried chili pepper to the spice blend by chopping it into fine pieces and mixing it into the  seasoning blend. Remember that a little goes a long way so start small and work your way up.
  • Gluten free: To make this chili seasoning recipe gluten free, you just have to switch out the all-purpose flour for a wheat substitute, such as cornstarch or tapioca flour.


  • Store: If you keep it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place your homemade Chili Seasoning Mix will last for about 1 year before you should throw it out and make a brand new batch.

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Chili Seasoning Mix

Chili Seasoning Mix is a delicious blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic, parsley , basil, salt, pepper and more.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Mix
Cuisine Mexican
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper , crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion , minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a bowl, stir together flour, chili powder, red pepper, onion, garlic, sugar, cumin, parsley, salt, basil and pepper.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I’ve been using this spice mix at least once a month since Mar 2019 & it’s AWESOME! Thank you!!!
    But… I omit the flour & use tomato paste to thicken my chili.
    I also use onion & garlic powders instead of dry minced. It’s easier to measure that way & I put lots of real onion & jarred, wet, minced garlic in mine anyway.

    1. This seasoning mix will yield about 4 batches of chili, depending on how much you end up using per batch. Hope this helps.

  2. I am going to try this recipe today. I am just surprised to see flour as an ingredient. What is the reasoning behind that?

    1. Adding it into the seasoning allows it to cling to the meat when water is added and reduced down. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. This spice recipe is excellent! I usually buy the packages at the store, and I was out so I tried this recipe and it is so much better ?. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. This is the first time I have tried your chili seasoning mix. I found it and your site on Pinterest and am so glad I came across it. This will be my go to recipe for chili from now on. My husband loved the flavors. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will use it a lot in the winter. I am for sure subscribing to your site. Thank you again for sharing.

  5. This sounds delicious! 🙂 You mention using it in several of your chili recipes. I plan to make your crock pot chili tomorrow, and would love to use this blend. Crazy question, but how much do you use? Is this chili seasoning recipe the equivalent of one seasoning packet? Like, do you use the entire amount of this seasoning blend in a pot of your chili? And if making your classic chili, or crock pot chili, do you eliminate all other seasonings from those recipes, and just sub in an entire batch of your chili seasoning? Thanks for your help! Love, love, love your recipes! So glad I found this site! 😀

    1. About 3 tbsp equals one seasoning packet. Just be sure that the seasoning amounts the recipe you are using equals that amount of seasoning. Some recipes call for more, so you can add the spices that aren’t in the mix as called for or more seasoning mix.

      1. Ah! Gotcha! 🙂 I thought that might be the case, but just wanted confirmation. Thanks for the prompt response! Going to go put the chili on now! 🙂

        Just want to say how glad I am to find your site! I cook everything from scratch, and am a good cook, but had gotten in a rut….. Just so busy, and kept falling back on the same old standbys. Your recipes have breathed fresh life into my cooking! 🙂

        1. You’re so welcome. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

          And thank you so much, that’s a huge part of why I created this site! If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for my email list. It keeps you up on new recipes posted and weekly I send out suggestions and fun things to try!

          1. Just remembered that I had never gotten back to report about the chili! Was fabulous! Seriously, the best chili I think I’ve ever made. Definitely a keeper! 🙂

            Yes, I’m signed up for your emails. 🙂 Look forward to them, and always take a look out the featured recipes. Have made your recipes two or three times (sometimes more) a week for a few months now. Lots of new favorites! Thanks again! 🙂

          2. So happy to hear that!!
            And thanks for all the feedback – so glad you are enjoying the recipes and the emails. If you ever have any suggestions or recommendations, feel free to reach out either by comment or email! Thanks again for the reviews and the comments, I truly appreciate it!

  6. THIS is the secret ingredient I’m adding to all my chili recipes from now on….such an easy seasoning mix to whip up and use to spice up so many dishes.

  7. Hi! I like made from scratch recipes.
    If you are a diabetic, can you use sugar substitutes, in place of the sugar? Can you do this for all of your recipies? Thanks!

    1. I don’t see why you couldn’t sub in the spice mixes, but when it comes to baking or cooking, I’m not comfortable giving a recommendation since I don’t use them enough.

  8. I love your long narratives. I write the same way. I have found that making headings though is easier for people to choose what to read if they dont have the time or patience to read all the text. Just a suggestion from someone who enjoys writing long and meaningful notes to my readers as well.