Chili Seasoning Recipe - An All-Purpose
Blend Great For All Your Home Cooking

Of course it's so simple to pick up a jar or packet of chili seasoning from the store, but I strongly recommend you have a go at this basic mix. The flavours and aromas a homemade blend adds to your cooking are so much better than any commercial brand! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For the best flavours when making your seasonings, I recommend using whole spices where you can. If you don't have them all available, just use pre-ground powders but halve the quantities. So instead of 2 tablespoons of whole cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Chili Seasoning

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

6 tbsp chili flakes
OR 4 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
2 tbsp cumin seeds 
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp onion powder 
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp sea salt

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • If using the flakes, grind them with the sea salt, peppercorns and cumin seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the paprika, garlic and onion and mix everything together. (Stir in the chili powder as well if you didn't use flakes)
  • Finally, crumble in the dried oregano and give another stir

Note: For even more flavour and aromas you can lightly toast the peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding. Click to read more on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)

Store your chili spice in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3-6 months.

Links to Other Spice Mixes and Blends to Try

A Simple Yet Tasty
Mix of Spices and
Chili Peppers

A Chili Mix With
Added Ajwain Seeds

Curry Powder Range For 
Authentic Indian Food

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