This easy chili powder recipe is a quick DIY spice mix—just 5 ingredients and none of the additives included in pre-packaged spice mixes.
This homemade chili powder is smoky, with just a touch of heat—the perfect spice blend for crockpot chili, chili roasted chicken thighs, or any Tex-Mex dish. I make it with ingredients I keep in the pantry, so it’s easy to mix up another batch any time I run out.
The great thing about DIY spice mixes is that you can control the quality of the ingredients, and the flavor of the spice blend. I love Spanish smoked paprika—so I use both sweet and hot smoked paprika to give the chili powder a nice balance. Cumin, garlic and oregano finish off the mix. Just five simple ingredients make a perfect chili powder.
And making your own spice blend is the best way to avoid the additives, anti-caking agents, and MSG that many of the pre-made spice mixes include. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just make it myself.
So try making your own chili powder blend. It’s a great seasoning mix to keep in your spice cabinet. You’ll be surprised at how many recipes you can use it in. This post includes some affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
- Stir all ingredients together and store in an air-tight glass jar.
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