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Monday, March 2, 2015

Chili Seasoning

I love having my cabinet stocked with a variety of seasoning mixes and rubs that are ready to use. It means that when it's time to cook dinner I don't have to rifle through the cabinet collecting all of the individual spices. I need only open a single container to season dinner.

It also means I don't have to buy those little packets of seasoning mixes at the store. Oh, I've done it in the past and most of them aren't too bad, but the homemade ones are so much better because I know exactly what's in them, how much salt and how much spice. Right now I'd say there are at least 10 containers in the cabinet holding everything from pork rubs to taco seasoning.

This is a very mild chili seasoning. I toned down the spice from the original recipe a bit because Bailey can't handle spicy foods, but you could certainly add more. It's easy to make and easy to use and even though it's a chili seasoning mix you can use it on absolutely everything. I use it as a rub for grilled chicken, a burger seasoning, and to spice up macaroni and cheese. And if you check out Beth's blog, Budget Bytes, you'll see I'm not the only one. She has a recipe for Chili Roasted Potatoes that I'm dying to try!

Chili Seasoning

Source: Adapted from Budget Bytes

4 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp-1 tsp cayenne pepper (I stuck with the 1/4 tsp)

Combine all of the spices in an airtight container. Shake to mix until combined.

Use 2-4 Tbsp in your chili recipe in place of the packet of chili seasoning or check out my new favorite Four Bean Turkey Chili recipe coming up tomorrow.

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