The Best Chili Spices for an Award Winning Chili Con Carne

Chili spices and select ingredients are what make the chili, just ask any chili cook-off winner. While chili chefs tend to have their own main ingredients that make their chili different than the others, the chili spices have a familiar ring from recipe to recipe.

Chili Spices

The standard chili spices and herbs for chili con carne are:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cumin, ground
  • Chile Ancho, ground
  • Paprika, ground
  • Cayenne, ground
  • Coriander, ground
  • Mexican oregano

Usually chili powder is a blend of ancho pepper, paprika, cumin and Mexican oregano. Of course, you have a lot better control over the flavor if you use them separately in the amounts you need to achieve your own special, unique flavor.

Seasonest has the perfect seasoning blend for chili. Adobo Seasoning Blend is mixture of organic spices including paprika, Chipotle pepper, salt and black pepper. If you don’t want to have all those bottles of chili spices to make your incredibly rich chili con carne, keeping a big bottle of Adobo Seasoning in the cupboard is the better way to go. Seasonest’s spices are far fresher than the spices you purchase at the grocery store, too.

When you’re using Seasonest Adobo Seasoning Blend, be aware that it does contain some onion powder and garlic powder. This is great for sprinkling on your mashed potatoes and vegetables during dinner, but not nearly enough to replace the onions and garlic in chili con carne. So, you’ll need to add the normal amounts of garlic and onions in your chili recipe. These two herbs are important to the caramelization of the chili and texture, as well as flavor.

We wish you all the success at winning the Chili Cook Off this year with the help of Seasonest Adobo Seasoning, even if it is just in your own backyard.