Growing up, my mom always used William's Chili Seasoning to season her chili. It's my favorite, and what I typically used after I moved out of her house and out on my own. But when I moved to the East Coast, I had a hard time finding it (I did recently find it at Walmart), so I came up with my own seasoning mix. This classic chili seasoning is a combination of several spices that you probably already have in your pantry--most prominently chili powder--and is the perfect level of spicy for someone with a moderate spice tolerance.
Here's what you'll need for this classic chili seasoning.
- Chili powder
- Ground cayenne. This is what adds the most spice. If you don't like spicy food, leave this out. If you LOVE spicy food, add more.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried oregano
- Black pepper
- Crushed red pepper
Here's how we make it.
This chili seasoning really couldn't be easier. Combine all of the spices in a bowl, then add to your favorite chili. I find it's generally best to add the spices to the chili right before you add any liquid (usually to the meat or vegetables). That way, the flavors can combine and develop while the chili simmers. This recipe seasons about a pound of meat, or one big pot of chili. Depending on how much liquid you add to your chili, you may have to adjust the amount of salt or spice level.
You can also make this seasoning ahead of time--just store it in a sealed baggie or air-tight container. It'll stay fresh for about a year!
If you're looking for an easy and delicious chili recipe, check out our One-Pot Easy Classic Chili.