Chili Powder is a simple spice blend that’s easy to make with spices you likely already have in your pantry!

A delicious pot of chili is the perfect food, summer or winter… game day or family meal. I started blending my own chili powder after running short one cold winters day and I have never looked back!Homemade Chili Powder

Chili is one of my favorite dishes to make in cold weather. It warms your body after a cold day and it is so deliciously filling that my family always hopes there will be enough leftovers for the following day!

This recipe is so easy that you are going to wonder why you have never made your own chili powder before.

How Do You Make Chili Powder?

This chili powder recipe couldn’t be easier… simply combine your spices in a bowl and mix.  I keep it in a sealed jar in the pantry for several months!

The sweet flavor in chili powder comes from paprika which is a spice made from dried ground mild peppers.  This chili powder recipe calls for smoked paprika, which is an optional ingredient. If you don’t have it you can certainly omit it but it adds a lovely smoky depth of flavor to the mixture (and you can usually buy just as much as you need in the bulk aisle area).

I add a pinch of cayenne to add a touch of heat, if you like it spicy feel free to add a little extra (be careful, a little goes a long way).  If you prefer a very mild chili powder, you can leave the cayenne out completely or replace it with a bit of black pepper.

You likely have all of the spices you will need in your pantry and you will love the flavor of homemade chili powder!

Homemade Chili Powder ingredients

This recipe for homemade chili powder can be used in many recipes to add a delectable kick to whatever you are cooking. It comes together in under 5 minutes and will store well for up to one years time if stored in a glass jar. I recommend storing your spices, including this one, away from your stove to keep it fresh.

My Favorite Recipes with Chili Powder

Homemade Chili Powder
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Homemade Chili Powder

This chili powder recipe couldn't be easier... simply combine your spices in a bowl and mix.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 /3 cup
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  • cup sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Store in a sealed container up to 1 year.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 82 | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 7560IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 5.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Spices
Cuisine American

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  1. I’ve made this before and am going back to the same recipe because it’s easy and very good in my recipes!5 stars

    1. Some brands will label them as sweet paprika but in general if it is labeled as just “paprika” it is sweet paprika. I hope that helps!

  2. Love your site & enjoy your recipes! I’m wondering if you have a recipe similar to this using Chile powders ground & pure.

    I have Ancho, Guajillo’s, and Arbol fresh ground & not sure of the ratio’s needed for a good chili powder blend! much of each, and the additions!

    I will be making yours this afternoon..again! Thanks for all the great recipes!4 stars

  3. on the chili powder that can be stored up to one year in a jar how much of that do you use in the chili? all of the 1/3 cup or less?

    1. Hi Debra, we use it like store-bought chili powder. So depending on the recipe you are using, you will want to follow the quantities that are listed there. I hope that helps!

  4. I love that you made this recipe without salt!!! Most store bought chili powder comes with a ton of salt in it and we just can’t use it with our high blood pressure. Also love the addition of the smoked paprika – just lovely! It works so well with your taco seasoning recipe to give it the “kick” my family loves in our Mexican foods. BTW we love your instant pot chicken taco recipe too!5 stars