Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
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Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

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"Having the seasonings mixed up in advance makes stirring up a batch of chili a breeze," suggests Mary Henderson of Opelika, Alabama. "It's a bold but pleasant blend. I like the round steak and ground beef combination."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chili beans, undrained, divided

Nutritional Facts

1/2 teaspoon: 195 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.Yield: 4 batches (20 teaspoons total).
  2. To prepare chili: Lightly brown steak in oil in a Dutch oven; add 3 teaspoons of the seasoning mix and toss to coat. Add ground beef; cook until meat is no longer pink. Add onion; cook until tender. Add tomatoes and 2 more teaspoons of mix. Stir in one can of chili beans. Place the other can in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add to chili. Cook on low for 30-40 minutes or until meat is tender. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts) per batch.
Originally published as Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p60

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abashu User ID: 6784654 218040
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I like this seasoning mix, and hope to be making it more often in the future."

CiciG User ID: 7657418 21035
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"My family has been making this chili for over 12 years. I lost the recipe for the seasoning mix a LONG time ago and have been winging it. I'm SOOO grateful it is posted here. I love the internet! I've recently begun making this with 3 cans of beans and blending 1 1/2. It makes the chili a little thicker . The best tweak though is using tri tip instead of round steak. I usually cook the chili longer than an hour (remember, I was doing this from memory) and the tri tip is to die for! It becomes soo tender that it steals the show!"

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 202548
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"MICHIGANGIRL-may I make 3 suggestions? First-Please release your CapsLock-in the world of internet it is considered yelling. Second-Please give your ideas on changes (esp. nice AFTER trying the recipe) w/o dictating what is healthy for the rest of us. Third-why not be bold and try a new ingredient that you have 'never put in before'. (Why look for new recipes if you don't want to try something new?)"

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 25636
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"MICHIGANGIRL-may I suggest that, firstly, you take off your CapsLock--in the world of internet it indicates yelling--secondly, please share your suggestions on changes you made (even better after you've actually made the recipe) without making dictating what's healthy, and, thirdly, why not be bold and try an ingredient you've 'never put in before' (?)."

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 21697
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Michigangirl-may I encourage you to, firstly, NOT use all capitals--in the world of internet that is equated as yelling--secondly, please share your suggestions for personalizing a recipe w/o offering judgments on what is healthy, and, thirdly, (re-oregano), why not be bold and try something you've 'never put in before'?"

RingoChick User ID: 6962607 16656
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"I've been using this recipe for years and I just wanted to say I love it!"

gtglim User ID: 5808104 51010
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This is a fantastic chili - unique with the 2 kinds of meat! I add a little dark chocolate, which gives it a new depth. Everybody LOVES this recipe! :)"

bluebirdjohnson7 User ID: 1296798 21032
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"This chili seasoning mix is so great! I wanted to make the Heartwarming chili (here on TOH) but didn't have the chili seasoning packet. I mixed this up quick. I didn't have the coriander so I used cilantro instead, reduced the cayenne to 1/8 tsp and I also added onion powder and a little salt, just because I really like them. :) I will definitely keep this mix on hand."

Azmikey User ID: 4876466 45820
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"One of the easiest recipes I've made. The seasoning is useful for other dishes as well."

TxVee User ID: 3450142 49469
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"Similar to others I've tried - love the coriander. Mexican oregano, not Italian, is part of every good bowl of 'Texas Red'!"

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