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MSG-Free Homemade Chili Seasoning Recipe

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Homemade chili seasoning can be used in so many different recipes. This MSG-free recipe is simple to make and tastes so much better than store-bought versions.

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Chili is a staple at our house year-round. There are many other dishes I make that require chili seasoning.

I love to make a double or triple batch of this homemade chili seasoning mix and keep it on hand to add a burst of flavor to other recipes.

Some common recipes that use chili seasoning are casseroles, soups, dips and as a rub for some proteins.

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Once you start making homemade seasoning mixes you will be hooked. It only takes moments to make up a mix and the knowledge of knowing exactly what is in the mixture is comforting.

I have stored my homemade seasoning mixes in different containers over the years. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

  • SimpleHouseWare has a great set of 12 spice jars that include labels. These are glass jars and hold 4 ounces.
  • I like to keep some large spice containers on hand when I make up big batches of seasoning mixes I use frequently. These hold 16 ounces and are a strong plastic jar.
  • The flip-top spice jars are ADORABLE and some spices it is handier to be able to scoop the seasonings out of the open lid. These also come with labels to keep me organized.
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I love that this is an MSG-free mix. There are no weird preservatives or additives to the recipe. I am also able to control how much SALT I add to the mix!

  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Oregano
Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Salt, Oregano on a white plate


If you can use measuring spoons then you can make your own seasoning combinations.


Measure all of the spices into a medium bowl and stir to combine.

a wooden fork on a plate combining the spices to make easy to make homemade chili seasoning


Pour the spice mix into an airtight container or jar. I like to use a funnel to pour the spices into the container so that it doesn’t spill.

Store the spice mix in a dark cool location.

This should stay fresh for a month or so. It will not actually go bad, but spices do lose some of their flavor and aroma after enough time has past.

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You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for this homemade chili seasoning mixture via the recipe card below.

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homemade chili seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Corinne Schmitt
Homemade Chili Seasoning is easy to make and is MSG-free.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces and Seasonings
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 15 kcal


  • 1.5 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon paprika or mild red chile powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt can omit if desired
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano


  • Put all of the spices into a small bowl or into the jar in which you’ll be storing the mix, then stir or shake until everything is well combined. If you’d like to taste the mix then you can adjust any of the seasoning to your taste.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dark and cool place. It’ll stay fresh for a month or so and while it won’t go bad, ground spices tend to loose their flavors and aromas.


Feel free to double or triple the ingredients for larger batches.


Calories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 392mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 653IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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