Easy Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix
One of my favorite cold-weather foods is chili. It’s so simple, filling and versatile. Making chili in the slow cooker is a wonderful way to have a quick, healthy dinner on the table in no time at all after a busy day of work, homeschooling and soccer practice.
And the smell that greets you when you walk in the door after that busy, cold day? Incredible! The moment I inhale that aroma the warmth begins to flood over me – before I’ve even settled into my yoga pants and taken my first bite.
Chili Seasoning Mix Without the Questionable Ingredients
Before we began our real food journey I used seasoning packets all the time. I bought pouches of taco seasoning, chili seasoning, soup mixes and dressing mixes without a second thought. They are super convenient and make life easier.
However, when I began researching the components of a real food diet I realize that these handy packets were not part of my ideal way of eating. The sodium content was too high and there were preservatives that I knew I could avoid by simply making these seasoning myself.
I started with taco seasoning and didn’t stop there. Now I can’t remember the last time I used a store-bought seasoning packet when just five years ago I used them almost weekly! Making your own homemade seasoning mixes is fast and frugal!
Homemade chili seasoning is easy to make and controlling the ingredients leaves no room for fillers and preservatives. This recipe for homemade chili seasoning is easy and delicious. The amounts can be varied according to personal taste. My family likes mild chili, but adding more chili powder is fine for those who make like spicy chili.
My recipe will make enough to season 1 pound of ground beef or turkey with the equivalent of 2 cans of beans and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. (Look for organic, BPA-free beans and tomatoes, like the ones I linked to.) I like to increase the amounts and make enough to fill a pint-sized mason jar to keep on hand for quick use.