Colder Autumn days mean one thing in our part of the world: its time for chili! This hearty and delicious meal is perfect for warming up the chilliest of days (pun intended). A great make-ahead dish, chili can be cooked in the Crock Pot, Instant Pot or Dutch oven. With a variety of different flavors and styles, there is sure to be a chili that warms you up this Fall! Check out our favorite seasonings for this cold weather comfort food:
Seasoning Blends for Chili
Chili Powder: This classic chili blend is made from the staples of red New Mexico chili pepper, cumin, oregano, salt, and garlic. This seasoning is a great base, allowing for additional customization to fit your personal tastes.
Adobo Seasoning: Our Adobo Seasoning is made with a base of sea salt, onion, garlic, and black pepper, accented by cumin, bay leaf and turmeric. The lighter flavors in this blend make it a great compliment to white chilies and non-traditional black bean chilies. Also try adding it to chicken tortilla soup.
Chorizo Sausage Seasoning: This traditional Mexican-style chorizo sausage blend is smoky and slightly spicy, with accents of cinnamon, coriander and clove. These sweet and spicy flavors are perfect for a hearty chili. Make our Chorizo Sausage Seasoning your chili’s secret ingredient!
Individual Chili Seasonings
Like to make your own chili blends? Here are some of our favorite seasonings to add even more flavor to a pot of chili:
New Mexico Chili Powder: This chili powder consists of ground New Mexico chilies and rates about a 3 on a heat scale of 1 to 10, which is about the same as a jalapeno. New Mexico chilies have a sweeter, earthy flavor with a hint of weediness. Try adding our New Mexico Chili Powder to your chili for extra flavor without intense heat.
Ancho Chili Powder: Arguably the most commonly used dried chile in Mexican cuisine, Ancho chiles are simply the dried version of poblano peppers. They have a mild, fruity flavor with notes of tobacco, coffee, wood and raisin, with a little less heat than a jalapeño. This mild chili adds lots of flavor with less heat, making it a great spice if you are feeding a crowd!
Chipotle Powder: Chipotle peppers are jalapeños that have been allowed to mature and turn red on the vine. They are then smoked and dried. Bold and smoky, chipotle powder is a great way to spice up chili while still maintaining the rich, hearty flavor. This spice is a favorite of ours!
Ghost Pepper Sea Salt: Want to really spice up your chili? Made with only pure sea salt and Naga Jolokia Chili (ghost pepper), our Ghost Pepper Sea Salt packs quite a kick! We recommend adding it to your individual bowl rather than to a whole pot.