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Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Make your own chili seasoning mix in bulk to have on hand any time you want to whip up a quick pot of chili! Not only does it taste great, but since you control the ingredients, there are none of the icky preservatives that can be found in store-bought mix.

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.comAre y’all ready for spring yet? Because I, for one, have had just about enough of this cold weather. I’m also ready to move on from all of the germs and viruses that have plagued my household all winter long. From croup to strep to colds to flu to stomach viruses to chicken pox, it’s been a rough few months around here.

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.comAlas, Phil saw his shadow and Mr. Meteorologist is predicting more winter weather to come, so on the upside, that means that at least I can keep cranking out my favorite, comforting, warm-you-up type meals for a little while longer. One of our favorites — year-round, actually — is chili. Regardless of the season or the weather, it seems that we eat chili every month of the year. Right now we prefer to enjoy it straight-up in a bowl, with assorted toppings and a side of hot, buttered cornbread. But even as the temperatures begin to thaw, we’ll enjoy chili dogs and Frito pies right on through the summer.

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.comSo with all of that chili making and chili eating going on, it only makes sense that I would save myself a little bit of time by whipping up a homemade chili seasoning mix. Now I know that everyone has seen and possibly purchased the chili mix packets in the grocery store. And most of those are all well and good until you examine the ingredients. I try to avoid preservatives and artificial additives when possible, so when it comes to dry pantry staples, I like to take control over the ingredients that my family ingests by making my own mixes. From taco seasoning to chocolate chip cookie mix to chili seasoning to the numerous other mixes that I plan on sharing in the upcoming months, I’ve got you covered. ;)

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.comNot only is this chili mix great for making, well, chili, but a sprinkle of it can also be used to season ground beef or turkey for a variety of other uses. When making actual chili, however, after you’ve mixed in your chili seasoning into your ground beef, you are empowered to add as much cayenne as you would like (or none at all for mild chili). And don’t leave out the last step of adding corn meal (or masa harina, if you can find it) to your chili towards the end of the cooking time. It really does contribute a depth of flavor that is otherwise sorely lacking.

Finally, this Texas girl knows better than to add beans to chili around these parts, but feel free to toss in a can of pintos if it’s not sacrilege to do so in your neck of the woods. ;)

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.comSo save yourself some time on busy weeknights (and simultaneously feel good about what you’re feeding your family) by stocking your pantry with a jar of this chili seasoning mix. I know you are probably thinking to yourself, well gee, it doesn’t take that long to measure out the spices to make chili! But just think of how much faster it would be not to have to get out all of those little spice bottles and different sized measuring spoons. There’s a reason that all of those pre-made mix packets at the grocery store are so popular…every minute counts when you’re trying to throw dinner together in a hurry while assisting one child with homework and helping another kid find a Lego, all with a screaming toddler clinging to your leg. Oh wait, is that just me? Regardless, do a little bit of measuring and mixing now, and make future meal prep faster and easier…because who wouldn’t appreciate that?

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Yield: 1 batch of Chili Mix will season 6 pounds of ground beef

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Make your own chili seasoning mix in bulk to have on hand any time you want to whip up a quick pot of chili! Not only does it taste great, but since you control the ingredients, there are none of the icky preservatives that can be found in store-bought mix.

Ingredients

    FOR CHILI SEASONING MIX:
  • 2/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • TO MAKE A BATCH OF CHILI:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons corn meal or corn flour (masa harina)
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

    To MAKE Chili Seasoning Mix:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight jar.
  2. To USE Chili Seasoning Mix:
  3. In a large pot set over medium heat, brown ground beef and garlic; drain fat. Stir in 2 1/2 tablespoons of Chili Seasoning Mix (per pound of ground beef), cayenne (if using), tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, and water or beef broth. Reduce heat to low and place lid on pot. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding additional tomato sauce, beef broth, or water, if chili becomes too dry.
  4. After 45 minutes, taste chili and adjust salt and/or cayenne, if desired. Stir corn meal/masa into 1/4 cup water. Pour corn meal mixture into chili and mix well. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

A pot of chili made with 1 pound of ground beef will make two large or four small servings. To feed a larger or hungrier family, cook 2 pounds of ground beef seasoned with 5 tablespoons of Chili Seasoning Mix, and double all of the other ingredients.

Feel free to substitute your favorite type of chili meat for the ground beef...ground turkey will work, as will beef stew meat, etc.

If you can't find masa harina (corn flour), corn meal will give your chili the same ultimate flavor...it just has a coarser texture.

If you prefer more sauce in your chili, add a bit more liquid before the last 10 minutes of simmering time. If you prefer drier chili, leave the lid off the pot during the last 10 minutes of simmering.

***If you want to cook one small batch of this chili to ensure that you like the way it tastes before making a whole jar of Chili Seasoning Mix, the individual measurements for 1 pound of ground beef are approximately equivalent to 5 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.***

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Comments

  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Hi, Sam! I’ll definitely be trying this one. I always season my own chili, too…but never really had a precise measurement of ingredients. “Just add it til it tastes right.” Your recipe has most everything I use, so it should be great. (Love that your chili recipe has no beans! Lol)

    Deb

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I do a lot of “adding until it tastes right” as well, Deb, so it was actually a challenge for me to nail down my measurements into proportions that made sense and could be easily multiplied! But I think I finally got it. :) And I’m sure that beans would taste great in this chili, but that’s not how we do it ’round these parts! ;) Ha!

  2. I love this idea! My husband would be so excited about having this seasoning sitting around. Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It’s so handy to have these mixes ready-to-go, isn’t it, Julie? I like having pantry shortcuts for when I’m really pressed for time…which is just about every night. Ha!

  3. Those definitely sounds like a perfect mix of spices for chili, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Hubby loves chili. We never buy the packets any more. So I really should make this in bulk to use as needed. Looks perfect!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I agree, Melanie…if you make chili a lot, it’s so handy to have the seasonings ready to go! Hope you get to try this…thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  5. I love this homemade chili seasoning mix! Homemade anything is just definitely better! :)

  6. We make chili almost every month. This recipe will come in handy. Stopping in from Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop.

  7. Thanks for your recipe. I have been making my own taco seasoning for many years now. It is so simple and nice to have on hand and I can control the amount of salt, too.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re so welcome, Kimberlee…I hope this recipe comes in handy for you! I love making my own mixes, too. It’s always nice to know exactly what’s in there… ;) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Im making chili at the moment and realized i didnt have a seasoning packet and looked up homemade (cause i hate not knowing what ingredients are in foods these days)and this is very simple and easy thank you for taking the time to make a recipe i will sure be glad to use it

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you found this recipe at just the right time, John, and I hope you’re pleased with how your chili turns out! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment! :)

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