Monday, October 3, 2011

Chili Seasoning Mix... from scratch!



1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs crushed red pepper
2 Tbs dry, minced onion
2 Tbs dry, minced garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs parsley
2 tsp salt
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbs ground red cayenne pepper (optional...we like spice!)


Combine all ingredients in an airtight container.  Put lid on and shake well.

Here is a picture of my fancy container!

To make chili....


1 pound ground beef
2 Tbs Chili Seasoning Mix (above)
16 oz. tomato sauce OR 14 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can dark kidney beans


1.  Brown ground beef until no longer pink.
2.  Add 2 Tbs chili seasoning mix per pound.
3.  Add 16 oz. tomato sauce OR 14 oz. diced tomatoes per pound
4.  Rinse canned kidney beans; add to chili.
5.  Mix well; simmer for 10 minutes.
6.  Serve with shredded cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese and crackers.
7.  Enjoy!


1.  I also make this in the crock pot.  I brown the ground beef and then add all ingredients EXCEPT the kidney beans to the slow cooker.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours or HIGH for 2 hours.  Add the kidney beans during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

2.  This freezes well!  Make as above; let cool.  Spoon into quart-size freezer bags.  When closing, try to get as much air out of it as possible.  Place bags in refrigerator to get cold, then place in freezer.  By freezing it this way, you can thaw it quickly for a simple dinner or chili dogs!

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  1. Thanks for sharing, I like chili!

  2. Mmmm...I love chili! Especially with cornbread and sparkling strawberry lemonade. Thanks for sharing.

    Sonya M. Jones

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  3. My husband loves chili and I am always afraid to make it, not sure how it should taste since I don't eat it. This seems easy though. I am always looking for ways to just do it myself vs buy it at the store.

    Have a Terrific Tuesday!

    New follower from Blog Hop

  4. Found you thru the blog hop!
    Following now!

  5. Yum. It is that season. I like mine with cornbread, cheddar and sour cream. Thanks for reminding me.

    Love and blessings.

  6. Oh I'm totally bookmarking this one, thank you for the great recipe :)

  7. Looks good.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  8. Hi Ellen,
    Your Chili looks great, you should bring it over for the Chili Cook Off. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you had a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. My family and I don't eat grains- have you tried making the seasoning without flour? Do you have any idea if it would make a difference in my chili?

  10. Sara.. the flour works to thicken the sauce. I know there is a corn product that works the same way, but for the life of me I can't think of the name. Will research and get back to you. ~ Ellen

  11. Sara... The corn flour is called masa harina. It is the traditional flour used to make tortillas, tamales, and other Mexican dishes. Literally translated from Spanish, it means "dough flour," because the flour is made from dried masa, a dough from specially treated corn.

    Before using, check the ingredients to rule out any grains.

    ~ Ellen

  12. looks delish!! I love chilli...

  13. Everyone needs a mix recipe like this one, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul.

  14. Yummmm I love chili. especially this time of year when it's starting to get. I'm a new follower from the wild weekend hop, glad I hopped over to your blog. Have a great weekend.

  15. That sounds so delicious! I love little DIY recipes like this! Belated thank you for linking up at Twisted Thursday!

  16. Ellen,
    I am so excited that you have entered your Great Chili in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off. Good Luck in the competition!
    Miz Helen

  17. Your chili sounds delicious with that wonderful chili seasoning mix that you make yourself!

  18. i was just saying that i don't have a good middle of winter chili recipe. i have one that is very i hardly ever make it. i'm going to give yours a looks delicious! thank you for sharing with me and tuesday night supper club!

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