Monday, February 17, 2014

How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning

Skip the store-bought chili seasoning packets and make your own at home with this simple recipe!

How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning

After receiving such a positive response to my How To: Make Homemade Taco Seasoning post, I decided to write another post showing you all how easy (and sensible) it is to leave the prepared seasoning packets in the grocery store in favor of homemade spice and seasoning mixes. This time, I'm focusing on Homemade Chili Seasoning.

Spices for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Spices for Homemade Chili Seasoning

While it's perfectly fine to use the taco seasoning for when you make a big pot of chili, Stephen and I prefer our chili on the spicier side. Using this basic recipe as a guide, I've created a chili seasoning that brings a little heat to the mix. Naturally, of course, you can tailor this list of ingredients to fit your personal preferences, adding more or less of something where appropriate.

Paprika for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Paprika for Homemade Chili Seasoning

Start with some paprika.

Cumin for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Cumin for Homemade Chili Seasoning

Oregano for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Oregano for Homemade Chili Seasoning

Then add some ground cumin and oregano.

Crushed Red Pepper for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Crushed Red Pepper for Homemade Chili Seasoning

For the first layer of heat, add some crushed red pepper. If you prefer, then you can use cayenne pepper instead. Stephen's not a fan of cayenne pepper, so I use it sparingly in our kitchen.

You know, because I'm nice like that. ;-)

How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning

How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning

Next, add some coriander and garlic powder.

Chili Powder for Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
Chili Powder for Homemade Chili Seasoning

Finally, top it off with some chili powder. I used a combination of hot Mexican-style chili powder and regular chili powder, but if you want to cut back on the heat, feel free to adjust the amounts.

How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning | Taste As You Go
How To: Make Homemade Chili Seasoning

Give everything a good shake/stir to incorporate all of the spices, and that's it! You're ready to use your Homemade Chili Seasoning for chili, enchiladas, or kicked-up tacos. Measuring and mixing everything together takes, maybe, five minutes, and the resulting seasoning mix tastes so much better than that stuff you can buy in the grocery store.

Definitely give it a try!

Homemade Chili Seasoning

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot Mexican-style chili powder

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Measure all of the ingredients into a 4-ounce jelly jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake until all of the spices and seasonings are well-mixed.
  2. Store the jar in your pantry or your cabinet for up to 1 year. Chances are, it won't last that long!
  3. If you're not using a jelly jar for mixing and storage, then measure all of the ingredients into a small bowl. Stir the ingredients with a spoon until well-mixed and then store the taco seasoning in an air-tight container in your pantry or your cabinet for up to 1 year.
Recipe by Michelle Rittler | Taste As You Go // Adapted from The Kitchn

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