Homemade Chili Seasoning

Homemade chili seasoning

I’m not sure if there is a perfect chili recipe out there.  I  kind of think that chili might be one of the most subjective dishes leaving it up to each person’s taste buds to determine your favorite chili.  I do know that mine has gone over pretty darn well over the years and I tend to go back and forth between a pre-mixed chili seasoning packet and making my own, but I’m beginning to think that the time has come to ditch the packet and opt for the lower sodium, less processed homemade version.  This simple combo can be made quickly and with ingredients that you are very likely to already have on hand.  This recipe can replace a packet of pre-made seasoning in a chili recipe that will feed about four to six people.

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


    For the Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • For the chili
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 14 oz can chili ready diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 14 oz can low-sodium dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 recipe homemade seasoning (see above)


    For the seasoning
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together
  2. For the chili
  3. In a heavy bottomed dutch oven, add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic and saute until tender. Add ground turkey and brown until cooked.
  4. Add tomatoes (undrained) and beans and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add seasoning and stir to combine. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or as long as you desire on low heat.

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  1. This recipe is really good all though mine was a little to spicy for my kids I was able to tone it down a bit with a dash of sugar and some extra cumin. I am definitely keeping this recipe and going to repeat using it

    • Thanks for your feedback! I tell people to use two cans of regular diced tomatoes rather than one chili ready to tone down the spices.

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