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Chili Seasoning Recipe

Make this Spicy, Smoky Chili Seasoning Recipe in Bulk reducing the chance that you will ever run out of this vital seasoning mix! Also a discussion of Chili Powder v Chile Pepper.

So, let’s get a few technical issues out of the way first.

Chili Powder v Chile Pepper

Chile Powder (with an ‘e’) is simply chile peppers that have been dried and ground into a powder. Some common chile powders are Cayenne Chile Powder, Ancho Chile Powder, and Chipotle Chile Powder. But, any chile can be dried and ground into a powder.

Chili Powder, also known as Chili Seasoning or Chili Powder Blend (with an ‘i’), takes that Chile Powder­ ­and mixes in other spices to create a seasoning blend. Chili Powder is commonly used for making a pot of chili or pinto beans, tacos, soup, enchiladas, and seasoning grilled meat. But, truthfully, the uses for Chili Powder are endless, which is why it is often used in my home.

A plate with a variety of spices used to make chili seasoning.

We all have those spices and other pantry staples that we buy repeatedly and get a bit panicky when we run out. Chili Seasoning is one of those pantry staples that I like to keep on hand,. In fact, I make my own nine times out of ten. I buy my spices in bulk from our local health food store and My Spice Sage, so I typically have what I need to whip up a batch of this Chili Seasoning Recipe.

Without getting too far into the weeds, let’s spend a few more minutes talking about a few different chile (with an e) powders because they are not all the same.

A glass jar with spices and a wooden spoon.

Bring the Heat

My chili powder recipe uses ancho chile powder as the base. Dried and ground poblano peppers, which are low on the Scoville scale (1,250 out of 15,000,000,000), are actually the pepper in ancho chile powder. This lower heat makes them a good pepper base without a great deal of heat. I also add a little chipotle chile powder to my recipe. Chipotle chile powder is dried and smoked jalapeno peppers. I love the smokiness that chipotle powder imparts, as well as the added heat (5,000 out of 15,000,000). I stop there with my chiles, but you may want to add more head. Consider adding some cayenne powder, which has a Scoville score of 50,000 to your mix.

And if you really want to go crazy, add some habanero powder (150,000) or Carolina reaper powder (1,500,000) to your chili seasoning recipe.

I use this Chili Seasoning Powder in my Crockpot Turkey Chili and as a base for my Taco Seasoning.

A pile of the spices that make up chili seasoning

Chili Powder or Seasoning

Yield: 11 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 8 Tablespoons Aleppo or Ancho chile powder
  • 4 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 Tablespoons oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Chipotle chile powder
  • 2 Tablespooons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika


Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Use for chili powder or chili seasoning in your next recipe.

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A jar of Smoky Chili Seasoning Recipe in a jar with chiles alongside.

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  1. Really thank you so much for this .I live in the ukabd the chili seasoning here is pretty tasteless and comes in tiny quantities.
    I addeda couple of teaspoons to some flour and coated some thin chicken breast fillets in the mixture.
    I cooked button mushrooms red and orange capsicums, ender stem brocoli, spring onions, sliced radishes, fresh garlic, sliced fresh ginger, thinly sliced celery in a little olive oil and butter until only just cooked , I hate overcooked vegetables.In another pan I cooked the fillets until just cooked and added them to the vegetables.
    I served on a bed of ribbon noodles. It was so tasty .loved your spice mix.

    1. Thanks for leaving your comment Felicity! I am so glad to hear that you have found so many uses for it! Once you start making your own spice mixes, you’ll enjoy that you tailor them as you like them.

      Have a wonderful weekend!



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