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Chili Powder Substitute

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Run out of chili powder for your favorite recipe? Fear not! This chili powder substitute is super easy to make with the spices in your pantry. This homemade spice mix is an easy way to add flavor to your dish.

A labelled jar with chili powder substitute.

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We’ve all been there, you’re ready to make your favorite chili recipe, you reach in your cupboard and there’s none left! This chili powder substitute has saved dinner time on countless occasions in my house!

Made with a blend of simple dried herbs and spices, whip up a big batch so it’s always on hand!

For more homemade seasonings, be sure to check out my ranch seasoning and dukkah spice mix.

How to make this chili powder substitute

  • Place the ingredients together in a bowl.
Spices and herbs in a white bowl.
  • Combine and store in an air-tight container.
The spices and herbs mixed together.

How long does it keep?

This chili powder substitute will keep well for at least 6 months. Just keep it in a sealed jar or container, and store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Depending on the freshness of your spices, it can easily last for a year plus when stored correctly.

How do you use it?

Use this spice mix wherever you would normally use chili powder. Stir it into ground beef and chicken to add flavor to all of your meals. It’s great for chili dogs and turkey chili, soups and stews.

Why make a homemade seasoning mix?

Homemade seasonings are a great way to make your meal exactly to your tastes, and this recipe is easy to customize. Add in more or less cayenne depending on how spicy you like things or change the amount of oregano for a herbier flavor.

If you are anything like me, you always have lots of jars of spices in your cupboard, so there’s no need to go out and buy more! Just mix together what you have and save yourself a trip to the store!

Chili powder in a labelled jar with a spoon.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Make sure your spices aren’t stale before using them. Rub a little between your fingers and it should release an aroma. If it doesn’t, it’s time to buy some more.
  • Test your chili powder substitute for freshness before using each time.
  • Store in a cool dark place away from moisture and in an airtight container.
  • This recipe is easily doubled.
Chili powder in a glass jar with a spoon.

More Homemade Seasonings

Chili Powder Substitute

Run out of chili powder for your favorite recipe? Fear not! This chili powder substitute is super easy to make with the spices in your pantry. An easy way to add flavor to your dish.
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade chili powder, how to make chili powder
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 tablespoons
Calories 21kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine and store in an air-tight container.

Notes

  • Make sure your spices aren’t stale before using them. Rub a little between your fingers and it should release an aroma. If it doesn’t, it’s time to buy some more.
  • Test your chili powder substitute for freshness before using each time.
  • Store in a cool dark place away from moisture and in an airtight container.
  • This recipe is easily doubled.

Nutrition

Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1858IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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