Homemade Chili Mix Recipe - A  Tasty,
All-Purpose Blend of Spices and Herbs

If you've never tried making a homemade chili mix then the recipe below is a good one to try! An easy-to-make blend of flavour packed herbs and spices, it's super versatile and will add superb colours, flavours and mouthwatering aromas to your home cooking.

Note: If you can, try and use a few whole ingredients for this recipe as they'll add the best flavours, colours and aromas.  If you only have pre-ground powders it's perfectly fine to use these, just reduce the quantities the recipe requires by about half. So, 2 tablespoons whole cumin would equal 1 tablespoon of ground cumin. Reduce any others by half if you don't have them whole.

Homemade Chili Mix Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 1 cup of chili spices)

4 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
2 tbsp cumin seeds 
2 tbsp paprika 
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp onion powder 
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp ajwain seeds
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, peppercorns, cumin, cloves and ajwain
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the paprika, chili, garlic and onion powders. Combine thoroughly
  • Crumble in the basil and oregano and stir again

Store your chili spice recipe in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3-6 months before rustling up a fresh lot.

Note: You can dry toast the cloves, ajwain, peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding and mixing with the other ingredients. The heat from the toasting really brings out the spices flavours that will enhance your food even more! 

Click here to read more about toasting and grinding ingredients. (Link opens in new window)

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