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Homemade Chili Powder Recipe

Chili Powder | Buttered Side Up
As I’ve mentioned before, I first started getting interested in health when I was a teen. I was passionate about recreating “junk food” with healthy ingredients. My sister and I would fry our own potato chips in coconut oil. I would bake desserts, but substitute whole wheat flour and natural sweeteners.

Making my own spice mixes was a pretty obvious choice. If you read the label on the ones found at the supermarket, they often contain MSG or mystery “spices” – which could be MSG in disguise. 

Chili Powder | Buttered Side Up

It’s so easy to whip up a batch of homemade spices. And they will most likely be fresher than the premade variety.

Also, I try to source ingredient spices. I’m slowly converting my pantry…

This recipe is for a mild chili powder. It may still be too spicy if you are very sensitive to heat; you can simply decrease or leave out the cayenne pepper. If your prefer a spicier chili powder, increase the amount of cayenne pepper.

Mild Chili Powder


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Shake well before using.


Saturday 21st of October 2023

The packets of chill mix here lately has no taste or flavor anymore, so I’m starting mixing my own. Want to try yours but how much do you mix with your lb of hamburger meat/ Italian sausage, had to quit eating red meat Drs orders, to make your chili ?

Brenda Sipher

Monday 9th of October 2023

I hate that most spice mixes contain so much salt. I plan to try your blend. I am also going to try freeze drying pepper from my garden and making some of my own blends.

Erica Lea

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Right? It's so sad that companies put it in spices, and even more sad that they try to hide it.

Beth Greer

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Lawd, nothing wrong with msg. Also known as the source of umami, naturally occurs when protiens break down via fermentation or maillard reaction. Do your research and stop spreading myths.

Elizabeth Rose Hisle

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Whaaaaaat? I'm fairly health conscious too, but I didn't MSG was likely sitting in my spice blends. This is disheartening, but I guess I'll just start making my own. I didn't even know chili powder had so many ingredients! Thank you!

Erica Lea

Monday 13th of April 2015

So glad to be of help! You're welcome. :)