Chili Seasoning Recipe - A Tasty Mix
of Peppers, Herbs and Spices

This chili seasoning recipe can be made with flakes or any kind of peppers and will add fabulous flavour to your chili and many other of your dishes. The great thing about it is you get to choose what type of peppers to use! Like heat? Use a hot variety like a scotch bonnet or birds eye. Fancy a mild powder, then an ancho or similar are the way to go. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: I use whole cumin, cloves and peppercorns for this recipe. If you don't have them, you can use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe suggests by about half. So for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would use tablespoon of cumin powder. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe 

What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)

1 cup of dried peppers (any variety)
OR 8 tbsp chili flakes
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp garlic powder 
4 tsp dried basil
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • If you used whole peppers chop into smaller pieces
  • Grind these (or the flakes) with the salt, cumin, peppercorns and cloves
  • Sieve into a bowl 
  • Stir in the pre-ground paprika,garlic and onion
  • Finally, crumble in the basil and thyme and combine

Store out of direct sunlight and in an airtight container. Use within 3 months.

Note: If you have time, you can toast the cloves, cumin and peppercorns prior to grinding.  Click here to read more about grinding and toasting. (Link opens in new window)

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