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Recipe for Chili Seasoning

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Making homemade Chili Seasoning is so much better than store bought. Preservative free and made with only the ingredients you want in your chili.

So, by now you know how much I like cumin. In fact, it’s one of my favorite spices – maybe my favorite! I’ve already shared with you my recipe for taco seasoning. Well, with just a little modification, you can turn that taco seasoning recipe into a recipe for chili seasoning!

Skyline Chili

But, this isn’t just any chili seasoning recipe. It’s a copycat recipe for Skyline Chili. What? You don’t know what Skyline Chili is? Seriously? It’s an Ohio favorite! Okay, time for a little history lesson….

Skyline Chili is a chain of chili restaurants that originated in Cincinnati, Ohio – hometown of the Cincinnati Reds (I KNOW you’ve heard of the Reds!). In fact, my family has a long history of being BIG Cincinnati Reds fans. I remember listening the the Reds on the radio with Marty and Joe announcing the game. (Still one of my favorite childhood memories.) Anyway, it’s been a tradition for my family to attend a Reds’ home game every spring and stopy by Skyline Chili before or after the game.

Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys

I love their chili dogs. In fact, if you ever go there, you’ll want to try the chili dogs. Or better yet, tell them it’s you’re first time and they’ll bring you a sampling of Skyline favorites. Lenny and I always order the chili dogs with mustard, onion, chili and cheese. The dogs are steamed, served on the softest bun and oozing with Skyline’s famous chili and finely shredded cheddar cheese mounded on top. Yummo!!

Recipe for Chili Seasoning

OK, back to the Chili Seasoning Recipe. I’m sure that once you’ve made homemade chili seasoning, you’ll wonder why you every bothered with the packets, cans or bottles of seasoning. Plus, an added bonus of the homemade recipe for chili seasoning? No artificial ingredients or preservatives!

Just double, triple, or quadruple the recipe, put all the mixed ingredients in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator (the paprika will thank you for keeping it uber fresh). Then, when you’re ready to use, just start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of your seasoning mix and adjust per your taste preference.

There you have it! A tasty, fresh, no-preservative-added, cumin/cinnamon/cocoa infused chili seasoning recipe!


Chili Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make your own homemade chili seasoning for the ultimate chili. Simply combine all ingredients and store in your refrigerator.


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit or increase to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Blend thoroughly.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Pam Baker from The Birch Cottage

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Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

Thursday 16th of July 2015

Hi Pam, I'm a huge fan of cumin too! Your chili seasoning sounds fantastic. I never thought to put cocoa powder in chili. I bet it adds a wonderful flavor.

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