Spicy Homemade Chili Powder

Some extra oomph…

Many don’t realize, but chili powder is, in fact, a seasoning mix made from many ingredients, including cumin, garlic powder, and oregano. It’s one of the reasons chili powder typically doesn’t pack too much punch in the spicy department. The other reason: Store bought chili powders often use lesser-heat peppers, like poblano pepper, as the hot pepper base. So store-bought chili powders are typically mild. But any true spicy food fan won’t settle with simmer, so why not make a batch of spicy homemade chili powder for yourself ?

This recipe includes ingredients you likely already have in your spice rack, so pulling together a fiery DIY chili powder is really simple. It’s balanced for that little extra oomph, mixing paprika with cayenne pepper powder to stoke the flames. You can raise the ante even more by opting for a hot paprika instead of a mild variety. To learn more about the different levels of paprika spiciness, take a look at our article Is Paprika Spicy?

Spicy Homemade Chili Powder

4.23 from 9 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container.


*For even more heat, choose a hot paprika instead of a typical generic paprika. You can also increase the cayenne. Balance the other ingredients to taste.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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