Chili Seasoning Mix

Some time ago I started a diet called the slow-carb diet.  It’s a great diet and helped me lose more than 40 pounds in about three months.  It really is a good diet, but it’s not for everyone.  You eat beans with every meal.  It can get SOOOOOOOO boring.  But, as Ferriss says, it’s not meant to be fun, it’s meant to be effective.  And it IS effective.  In light of the diet I took to my recipe list to come up with foods I can make slow-carb friendly.  Some (read most) of my recipes are completely on the “no” list for the diet, except on cheat day.  But some of the recipes lend very easily to the slow-carb diet.

One of my favorite recipes, and the first I posted, is my chili.  It’s hearty and, conveniently, makes 6 servings.  But there were two problems.  The first was the brown sugar.  Sure, it adds a nice subtle sweetness to the chili.  But it’s not 100% necessary.  So I pulled that out of the recipe to make it good for slow-carbing.  The second issue was the McCormick seasoning.  It contains wheat flour.  We can’t have that, now can we?  So how do I make my chili deliciousness without a seasoning mix?  Easy, I make my own spice.  I went online to look for one I liked, but failed at finding any one.  So I took a few and altered them into one delicious spice mix.  Here it is:

1 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Thyme
2 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Oregano

Mix em up, silly. I usually double this for my batch of chili. You can adjust the levels according to your tastes, but these taste great to me.