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Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix

"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
    10 servings (2-1/2 quarts) per batch


  • 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


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

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  • Ilovematty
    Mar 1, 2020

    Very good but too much meat for us. I doubled all the other ingredients and kept the meat the same. I really like the puree bean idea. Awesome!

  • Pam
    Dec 20, 2017

    During a recent move I misplaced this recipe. I just have to tell you I have been making it ever since I saw the recipe, probably close to 15 years and I have had nothing but raves and requests whenever I make it. It's DELISH!!!

  • abashu
    Jan 17, 2015

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

  • CiciG
    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
    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
    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
    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'?

  • cindying
    Jan 21, 2013

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  • RingoChick
    Nov 9, 2012

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

  • gtglim
    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! :)