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Keep warm this winter with a cozy pot of homemade chili. Whether you’re making traditional chili or try a vegetarian chili recipe, this easy chili seasoning mix is a must for your spice cabinet! This best chili spice mix recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought mixes containing an overabundance of salt, MSG and other unwanted ingredients. Read on to discover my favorite, healthy recipe for chili seasoning mix, along with some of my favorite vegetarian chili recipes.
Chili is a traditional winter favorite. It not only makes a hearty meal, but it’s perfect for those cold winter days. While I’ve recently gone pescatarian for purely selfish reasons — I plan to live forever! and it’s heart healthy — I am still able to enjoy chili through my collection of favorite vegetarian chili recipes. Of course, chili is also pretty easy to wing. I love throwing in meaty veggies and grains for texture. Things like quinoa, farro, squash and lentils are some of my favorite additions to a vegetarian chili. They’re also great in a traditional chili recipe. However, the one must for that perfect pot of chili is a great chili seasoning mix recipe!
I make my healthy chili seasoning mix recipe using certified organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. So I know that I’m always starting with quality ingredients for my homemade chili spice blend. This allows me to avoid MSG as well as overly salty, pre-made chili spice mixes that come filled with preservatives and cheap ingredients. I’ve found that making my own chili spice mix at home is super quick and easy. And, because I choose each of the ingredients that go into my recipe for a chili spice blend, it’s also much healthier.
My recipe for chili seasoning mix, however, is great for more than just a warm pot of chili! You can also use this chili spice blend to make chili con carne. Or sprinkle it over your favorite taco fillings. It’s also great as an authentic chili seasoning mix rub for fish, meats and veggies!
Healthy Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
Yield: About 1/4 Cup
1.5 Tablespoons cumin seed powder
1 Tablespoon cayenne powder
½ Tablespoon Ancho chili powder, red roasted chili powder or smoked paprika powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, optional
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaf
I highly recommend ordering the quality, organic spices for this chili seasoning mix recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs, unless you are able to easily source organic spices locally. This recipe for my chili spice blend can be doubled or tripled depending on your needs. It’s also a great substitute for the mexican seasoning blend I used to make my organic spice blend Valentine’s Day gifts.
Measure out the ingredients called for in my recipe for the chili seasoning mix, then combine in small bowl or zipper bag. Mix well or shake to combine, until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the chili spice mix.
Give you chili mix a quick taste test. Then, adjust the seasoning to taste, if desired.
How to Store Your Chili Seasoning Mix:
Shelf Life of Your Chili Spice Mix:
For best results, use your chili spice mix within a month, while it’s still at its peak freshness. After this time, the ground spices you used in your recipe will start to lose some of their natural flavor and aroma. While not as potent as when first made, your chili seasoning mix is still good after the one month mark. Ground spices typically have a shelf life of 2-3 years, while seasoning blends have a shelf life of 1-2 years.
- 1.5 Tablespoons cumin seed powder
- 1 Tablespoon cayenne powder
- ½ Tablespoon Ancho chili powder, red roasted chili powder or smoked paprika powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, optional
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaf
- Measure out the spices using measuring spoons, omitting the salt if desired for lower sodium.
- Combine in a zipper bag and shake well to combine.
- Store your chili seasoning mix in an airtight container between uses, in a cool, dark location.
Best when used within one month for maximum freshness. However, the shelf life of this chili spice mix is 1-2 years.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Homemade Chili Recipes
Looking for homemade chili recipes to try your healthy chili seasoning mix in? Give my BFF’s white chicken chili recipe a try! A healthier alternative to traditional chili made with ground beef, this white chicken chili recipe is made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, and is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium.
Vegetarian Chili Recipes
Alternately, to make your chili even healthier, skip the meat all together. And try one of these vegetarian chili recipes instead. They’re a great way to try out your new chili mix recipe!
- Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili Recipe with Rice
- Can’t Believe It’s Vegetarian Chili
- Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe
- Quinoa Vegetarian Chili Recipe
- Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado
- Smoky Butternut Squash and Three Bean Chili
- 1-Pot Red Lentil Chili Recipe
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