Soup Sunday | Chili & Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

Soup Sunday | Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

This past week was cold and drizzling outside… the perfect kind of weather for chili. I am revisiting this recipe from last year because it’s one I turn to often. It saves me money, I can alter it to be a little spicier if wanted keep it on the tame side, and I know what is going into my family’s food.

I meant to take photos of my chili, but alas I forgot and it disappeared quickly. My chili changes constantly depending on what is in the cabinet. Generally I start with 3 cans of dark red kidney beans, 1 can of black beans, and 1 can of chili beans. It then add a jar of mild salsa, 1 can of diced tomatoes and a can of corn. Then I add the spice below! At this point meat eaters can add hamburger, pork sausage, bacon, or even smoked sausage… but there is plenty of protein and vitamins in the base without the meat.

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Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
  • Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 4 teaspoons – 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried, minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In a bowl, stir together chili powder, red pepper, onion, garlic, sugar, cumin, parsley, salt, basil and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Use as follows: Use approx. 2T of seasoning per 1 pound of meat (small batch of chili). Also, if you prefer just a “warm” flavor, decrease the red pepper flakes to 1 tsp.

This recipe is very forgiving. The range for the chili powder is preference only. 4 tsp is what I use, but have read others say they add up to 2 Tbsp. If you prefer to thicken your chili, the original recipe called for 1/4 cup flour. I prefer to add 1/4 cup of refried beans at a time to the chili until desired consistency as I felt the flour overpowered the recipe.

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  1. Deedra says

    This looks great. Ive never made my own chili before.

  2. Robin Quick says

    I love making chili in the winter. I cheat & use the chili-o mix lol. Not that I cant make home made Im just lazy about it. Im interested in trying your recipe though. So, I guess homemade it shall be next time I make chili. thanks!

  3. Lisa Davis says

    I have never made Chili but this recipe is pretty straightforward and sounds delicious. Great idea to add the refried beans rather than the flour to thicken it.

  4. Ingerlise Pietromartire says

    I will have to try this recipe. About how long a shelf life does it have?

  5. Pamela Halligan says

    Chili is one of my favorite dishes during the cold winter months. I enjoy creating my own, and look forward to trying this variation. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Wow! Thanks for the recipe of the seasonings. It sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Bekah Kuczenski says

    I have never thought of making my own Chili seasoning mix, but this is a great idea to make a big batch then you have it ready when you want to make Chili! !

  8. I usually make my own spice mixes for things because I can adjust the seasonings easily and can avoid fillers and artificial flavor enhancers. I haven’t tried chili though, so this is a great recipe to start with. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Rachel K says

    Looks great! We do soup or chili on Sundays all the time.

  10. I have really enjoyed your Soup Sundays. It is so nice to have something different. Thank you and keep sharing! 🙂

  11. Mary Dailey says

    This looks so easy and I love chili. Definitely one to try!

  12. Thanks for sharing.

  13. s riches says

    This is a great chili mix for a cold winter day. I like that it will work with many types of protein. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. KT says

    Tis the season for a new chili recipe. We love chili in our house. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Erin R. says

    This sounds wonderful, I am definitely a chili fan! I have a favorite recipe I use all the time but this good too and I am going to try it and see how it turns out! thx for sharing

  16. Bella T. says

    Mmmm. We’ll have to try this. My fiance loves chili and would put it on everything if possible. lol

  17. Mya Murphy says

    sounds delish I will take ur advice!!!

  18. Debbie Welchert says

    I love the combination of the above spices. Now I can save money on all those individual spices I have to buy when making chili. This would really work well in my spanish rice too.

  19. Tanya White says

    This is the time of year we love having chili in our home, it is a quick easy fulfilling meal. Thank you for this recipe I would love to make this.

  20. judy gardner says

    this sounds awesome but i would probably make it on the milder side! thanks for sharing!

  21. cathy henatyszen says

    great recipe idea, thanks for the idea, hopefully I will try it out soon

  22. Jennifer Hedden says

    I love chili and am always trying different recipes just for a change. Your chili seasoning mix sounds so flavorful. I like the mixture of different beans and addition of corn. I like the idea of adding refried beans to thicken the chili. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  23. christina moore says

    This looks great, I will have to try it

  24. Janet W. says

    What an interesting mix! We’re always looking for new things to eat. I’ll have to give this a try!

  25. christina moore says

    This sounds great, I will try it

  26. JEN BELLON says

    I’ve been looking for a good chili seasoning recipe. I used to use the one in the package, but yuk. Thanks! I’ll be trying this one this week!

  27. Tanya White says

    I usually use store bought chili spice but this sounds like it tastes great and would out do the store seasoning, thank you for this recipe(and pics of the seasoning) I can’t wait to try the recipe.

  28. marissa lee says

    i’m always looking for new and different recipes…thank you for sharing.

  29. judy gardner says

    this would make a great Christmas gift if put in a nice glass jar!

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