Chili pepper, wheat flour, cornstarch, dried onion and sugar are the base ingredients for Mrs. Dash chili seasoning. The spices are cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper and oregano.
The ingredients in chili seasoning vary. For instance, TasteOfHome.com features a recipe for homemade chili seasoning that doesn't include any fillers. In addition to 4 tablespoons of chili powder, the recipe includes 2 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander, 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon dried oregano. The spiciness of the seasoning depends on the heat level of the chili powder and on the amount of cayenne pepper included.
A recipe by the Food Network incorporates different ingredients to season the chili. In addition to 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, the recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves, 1 minced garlic clove and 1/2 seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper.
Chili seasoning is usually used for red chili. Red chili is beef based, typically ground beef or cubed steak. The addition of diced tomatoes or tomato paste makes the chili red. Many recipes call for adding chili beans or black beans. Chopped onions or shallots are another typical ingredient.