Homemade Chili Powder Recipe

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Know what’s in your chili powder! Use this homemade chili powder (without salt) recipe for an easy, upgraded solution to store-bought spice mixes. Perfect for Paleo and Whole30 recipes.


I’m not gonna lie.

I’m in love with sugar.

Apple cakes, fruit pies, double chocolate and even bite-size. (Like that rhyming, don’tcha?) I want it all. But where I don’t want sugar is in my spice mixes. Have you ever noticed that many store-bought spice mixes have sugar in them? Um…excuse me, but I’d rather have sugar in a frosted cookie. Not my seasonings.

When we started reading labels a few years ago and eating a paleo-style diet at mealtimes, I realized how many of the dressings, spices and condiments have sugar hidden inside. I didn’t like it one bit, so I set out to find my own homemade versions of seasoning blends. Taco seasoning, pasta salad seasoning, and today? A Homemade Chili Powder Recipe.


Homemade chili powder from scratch?

It’s not as hard as it sounds. I’m not hardcore about this. I don’t make my homemade chili powder from dried chilis. I simply buy a handful of spices at my favorite Aldi grocery store. They’re super cheap…only 99 cents a container.  Be sure to check the labels of whatever brand you choose to buy that there are no strange ingredients and no sugar hiding in there.


How to make homemade chili powder?

This homemade chili seasoning is made simply of paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Add as much cayenne pepper as you’d like. This is what turns the heat and spice up! The recipe I give below makes 8 ounces.


How to store homemade chili powder? 

Paprika and pepper keeps best in a cool, dark place, so I like to store my chili powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a year in the fridge if you seal it up tightly. My favorite chili recipe calls for ½ a cup of chili powder (yes, half a cup…that is not a misprint!), so we go through this quickly!


Q: Have you ever made homemade spice mixes? If so, what are your favorites?

Homemade Chili Powder Recipe
Homemade Chili Powder Recipe

Homemade Chili POwder

4.34 from 3 votes
Know what's in your chili powder! Use this homemade chili powder (without salt) recipe for an easy, upgraded solution to store-bought spice mixes. Perfect for Paleo and Whole30 recipes.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup ground paprika
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix together all of the spices until they are well blended.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 3580IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3.2mg
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Calories 39

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Heidi Aikins
5 years ago

How much of this powered do you use to make a pot of chili?

5 years ago

5 stars
I love this recipe & use it all the time! I mentioned you & linked back on my blog, doing a different spice mix recipe 😉

6 years ago

Can you substitute any other spices for the cumin and cayenne pepper? I can’t eat spicy food. Why put this spice in the refrigerator when you don’t put the other spices in there. Thanks for the sweet potato chili. I Love sweet potatoes.

Linn L.
7 years ago

Please clairfy the measurement for the dried oregano (2/2 Tbls??) in you Chili Powder receipe. I would really love to try making it. Love your recipes 🙂 Thank you.

8 years ago

OMG! This is a lifesaver when I’m out of chili powder. It’s one of the staple in our household. Most of my recipes call for a chili powder. What’s best is that I have all of its ingredients on hand all the time. Thank you. Definitely worth to pin!

Rami @ Low Carb Recipes
8 years ago

I love the shots of the spices. Absolutely beautiful! Pinned