Along with Devils Dust, Herbs de Provence and Breakfast Blend Spice Mix, this Chili Seasoning Mix is an essential pantry item in my home. Most home spice pantries will have the majority of the ingredients to make this mix. Even if the spices are old and a tad stale, the flavor will be superior to store bought, and at a fraction of the price.
A quick look at the ingredients of the most popular brands of commercial chili seasoning is all the reason you should need to make your own. Maltodextrin, corn starch and hydrogenated soybean oil add nothing to the flavor of chili, each being described as a “flavorless food additive”. So why should they be there in greater quantity than the things that do, like onion and garlic powder? Simple: the low cost. Which is odd because pound for pound DIY seasoning mixes are way cheaper to make.
Do your taste buds a solid and the next time you make chili, make your own seasoning mix as well.
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 2 tbsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. oregano
- 1 tbsp. Paprika
- 1 tbsp. Sea salt
- 2 tbsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. Herbs de Provence
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp. tapioca flour
- Mix all ingredients well and store in an air tight, glass jar.
NOTE: Adding a tsp. of powdered chipotle or ancho pepper adds a really nice heat to the mix. I prefer to add the fresh or dried peppers directly to the chili flavor bomb, but you’re the cook. Do it your way.