Homemade Chili Powder Seasoning Blend

Homemade Chili Powder
Homemade Chili Powder. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 Tablespoons (6 Servings)
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If you're out of chili powder, there's no need to go to the store. You probably have everything you need right in your pantry. 

This is an easy homemade chili powder recipe. Use it in chili, meatloaf, pasta dishes, and any place you might want chili powder or Southwestern flavors. 

The recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Store the chili powder in a jar or bag away from heat and out of direct sunlight. See the tips for more.

See Also
DIY Taco Seasoning Mix
Salt-Free Cajun Spice Blend​

What You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well.
  2. The above measurements yield around 2 tablespoons. To yield around 1/2 cup, use tablespoons rather than teaspoons
  3. Use it in a recipe or transfer to a jar or airtight container for future use. Store in a cool, dark place.
  4. Use this easy chili seasoning in burger and meatloaf mixes, in chili, and Tex-Mex dishes.

Expert Tips

  • Spices lose their potency as they get older, so make sure the spices you use are as fresh as possible. Check the dates on the spice jars. 
  • If you're making a large amount, label the jar or bag with a "best by" date.
  • Store spices in a cool, dark place. They should not be stored near heat or in direct sunlight. To keep moisture from entering the jars, don't pour a spice or powder directly over a steaming or simmering pot.