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Homemade Chili Seasoning

Course: seasoning
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
This homemade chili seasoning will add the perfectly spiced punch to your chili recipes! Packed with all the good stuff - like smoked paprika, dried lemon peel and cumin -  it's the perfect balance of heat and flavor!
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  • 2 tablespoons Ancho Chili Pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Jalapeno pepper optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground Black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried Lemon Peel


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Keep in an airtight container, in a cool dry place, up to 3 months.
  • Enjoy!


Yield: about ½ cup seasoning
Chili powder can vary in heat from brand to brand, so make sure to give yours a taste before making your chili. If the chili powder you are using is spicy, you can reduce or eliminate the jalapeno pepper from this recipe.
Use fresh spices when making any homemade spice blend, for optimum flavor. If you spices have been sitting in your spice cabinet for over 6 months, it is time to toss them.
Store the seasoning in an airtight container, it should be for a couple of months. 
If you don't have smoked paprika you can use regular paprika. 


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg