This chili seasoning recipe is a nice homemade gift idea. Start with a basic chili powder mix and doctor it up to create a tasty custom blend.
Every year I like to make a few homemade foodie gifts for the holidays. This year I made a homemade chili seasoning.
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How to Make Your Own Chili Seasoning
This is something I do when I make chili at home. I start with a basic chili seasoning blend from the grocery store. Then I add other spices and seasonings to make the chili even tastier.
- Chili spice mix
- Poblano Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
- Black Pepper
You may notice that I did not include onion powder or garlic powder because I usually start with fresh onions and garlic when I make chili. Also, often the base chili spice mix contains one or both of these spices.
I've given you my exact recipe that you can fill a mixing bowl with and once combined pour into an 8-ounce airtight container.
I've also included the label I'm using for my jars. Feel free to use them too. However, if you want to change the ingredients to suit your personal taste you'll need to recreate the label to reflect the changes.
How to Use the Chili Seasoning Mix
To make a batch of chili I like to start by sauteing my vegetables in a little olive oil. Typically onions and a mix of fresh peppers. Then after a couple of minutes, I'll toss in some crushed garlic and sprinkle the chili seasonings into the pan. This helps to almost roast the spices and gives the whole pot a great flavor.
It may look like the pot is burnt but once you brown your meat (ground beef, turkey, or chicken) and add in some beans and tomatoes (28 ounce crushed tomatoes) all the brown bits on the bottom will lift and mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
Adding a Heat Factor
This homemade spice blend is mildly hot. However, you can easily bring up the heat by using jalapenos or other fresh hot peppers at the beginning.
And if you are including beans, and what's chili without beans, you can buy a can of spicy chili beans. I like to use a mix of three cans of beans. Typically one is a spicy chili bean but then I'll choose a can of black beans and something else like chickpeas, pinto, or great northern beans. They're all good.
If nothing else you can always offer red pepper flakes, hot sauce, or cayenne pepper to your guests and let them pour on the heat.
Just another fun homemade gift for all the foodies in your life.
- 6 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons chili seasoning
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon ground poblano peppers
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 3 tablespons + 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2.5 teaspoons ground cayenne
- 2.5 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2.5 teaspoons sea salt
- 1.25 teaspoons ground smoked paprika
- 1.25 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1.25 teaspoons ground black pepper
- Measure out each spice into a mixing bowl.
- Mix well with a spoon or wire whisk.
- Pour into an 8 ounce container with a tight lid.
- Print out the label above and tape or glue it to the jar.
I like to use 2 tablespoons for a large pot of chili. That typically includes fresh peppers, onions, and garlic with 1 pound of meat, 3 cans of beans, and a large can of crushed tomatoes.
Feel free to vary your ingredients. However, you may also need to edit the label.
This mixture is on the mild side. One easy way to spice it up is to use some hot fresh peppers in the chili. You can also use spicy chili beans.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 255mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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