Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Chili Recipes

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Keep warm this winter with a cozy pot of homemade chili. Whether you’re making traditional chili or try a vegetarian chili recipe, this easy chili seasoning mix is a must for your spice cabinet! This best chili spice mix recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought mixes containing an overabundance of salt, MSG and other unwanted ingredients. Read on to discover my favorite, healthy recipe for chili seasoning mix, along with some of my favorite vegetarian chili recipes.

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Traditional & Vegetarian Chili Recipes. Keep warm this winter with a cozy pot of homemade chili. Whether you're making traditional chili or try a vegetarian chili recipe, this easy chili seasoning mix is a must for your spice cabinet! This best chili spice mix recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought mixes containing too much salt, MSG & other unwanted ingredients. A healthy recipe for chili seasoning mix.

Chili is a traditional winter favorite. It not only makes a hearty meal, but it’s perfect for those cold winter days. While I’ve recently gone pescatarian for purely selfish reasons — I plan to live forever! and it’s heart healthy — I am still able to enjoy chili through my collection of favorite vegetarian chili recipes. Of course, chili is also pretty easy to wing. I love throwing in meaty veggies and grains for texture. Things like quinoa, farro, squash and lentils are some of my favorite additions to a vegetarian chili. They’re also great in a traditional chili recipe. However, the one must for that perfect pot of chili is a great chili seasoning mix recipe!

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Homemade Chili Recipes. My recipe for chili seasoning mix is great for more than just a warm pot of chili! You can also use this chili spice blend to make chili con carne. Or sprinkle it over your favorite taco fillings. It's also great as an authentic chili seasoning mix rub for fish, meats and veggies! For the best recipe for a chili seasoning mix, I start with certified organic spices I trust!

I make my healthy chili seasoning mix recipe using certified organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. So I know that I’m always starting with quality ingredients for my homemade chili spice blend. This allows me to avoid MSG as well as overly salty, pre-made chili spice mixes that come filled with preservatives and cheap ingredients. I’ve found that making my own chili spice mix at home is super quick and easy. And, because I choose each of the ingredients that go into my recipe for a chili spice blend, it’s also much healthier.

My recipe for chili seasoning mix, however, is great for more than just a warm pot of chili! You can also use this chili spice blend to make chili con carne. Or sprinkle it over your favorite taco fillings. It’s also great as an authentic chili seasoning mix rub for fish, meats and veggies!

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Traditional & Vegetarian Chili Recipes. Keep warm this winter with a cozy pot of homemade chili. Whether you're making traditional chili or try a vegetarian chili recipe, this easy chili seasoning mix is a must for your spice cabinet! This best chili spice mix recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought mixes containing too much salt, MSG & other unwanted ingredients. A healthy recipe for chili seasoning mix.

Healthy Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

Yield: About 1/4 Cup

Ingredients:

1.5 Tablespoons cumin seed powder
1 Tablespoon cayenne powder
½ Tablespoon Ancho chili powder, red roasted chili powder or smoked paprika powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, optional
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaf

Directions:

I highly recommend ordering the quality, organic spices for this chili seasoning mix recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs, unless you are able to easily source organic spices locally. This recipe for my chili spice blend can be doubled or tripled depending on your needs. It’s also a great substitute for the mexican seasoning blend I used to make my organic spice blend Valentine’s Day gifts.

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Homemade Chili Recipes. My recipe for chili seasoning mix is great for more than just a warm pot of chili! You can also use this chili spice blend to make chili con carne. Or sprinkle it over your favorite taco fillings. It's also great as an authentic chili seasoning mix rub for fish, meats and veggies! For the best recipe for a chili seasoning mix, I start with certified organic spices I trust!

Measure out the ingredients called for in my recipe for the chili seasoning mix, then combine in small bowl or zipper bag. Mix well or shake to combine, until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated throughout the chili spice mix.

Give you chili mix a quick taste test. Then, adjust the seasoning to taste, if desired.

How to Store Your Chili Seasoning Mix:

Finally, store your healthy chili seasoning mix in an airtight container in a cool, dark location. You can find a great selection of spice jars and bottles perfect for this purpose here.

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Homemade Chili Recipes. My recipe for chili seasoning mix is great for more than just a warm pot of chili! You can also use this chili spice blend to make chili con carne. Or sprinkle it over your favorite taco fillings. It's also great as an authentic chili seasoning mix rub for fish, meats and veggies! For the best recipe for a chili seasoning mix, I start with certified organic spices I trust!

Shelf Life of Your Chili Spice Mix:

For best results, use your chili spice mix within a month, while it’s still at its peak freshness. After this time, the ground spices you used in your recipe will start to lose some of their natural flavor and aroma. While not as potent as when first made, your chili seasoning mix is still good after the one month mark. Ground spices typically have a shelf life of 2-3 years, while seasoning blends have a shelf life of 1-2 years.

Yield: About 1/4 Cup

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

A healthy chili seasoning mix recipe. By making your own chili spice mix, you can create a healthier alternative to store bought chili seasoning mixes. This chili spice mix recipe is free of MSG & other unwanted ingredients as well as excess salt.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Tablespoons cumin seed powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Ancho chili powder, red roasted chili powder or smoked paprika powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, optional
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaf

Instructions

Measure out the spices using measuring spoons, omitting the salt if desired for lower sodium.

Combine in a zipper bag and shake well to combine.

Store your chili seasoning mix in an airtight container between uses, in a cool, dark location.

Notes

Best when used within one month for maximum freshness. However, the shelf life of this chili spice mix is 1-2 years.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe: A Healthy Alternative for Traditional & Vegetarian Chili Recipes. Keep warm this winter with a cozy pot of homemade chili. Whether you're making traditional chili or try a vegetarian chili recipe, this easy chili seasoning mix is a must for your spice cabinet! This best chili spice mix recipe is a healthy alternative to store bought mixes containing too much salt, MSG & other unwanted ingredients. A healthy recipe for chili seasoning mix.

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Homemade Chili Recipes

Looking for homemade chili recipes to try your healthy chili seasoning mix in? Give my BFF’s white chicken chili recipe a try! A healthier alternative to traditional chili made with ground beef, this white chicken chili recipe is made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, and is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium. (You can discover some of my other food recipes here.)

Vegetarian Chili Recipes

Alternately, to make your chili even healthier, skip the meat all together. And try one of these vegetarian chili recipes instead. They’re a great way to try out your new chili mix recipe!

For more vegetarian winter dinner ideas, be sure to visit my Food Recipes Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin‘, facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up for my newsletter. 

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives)

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Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you’ve made heart health a priority!

Winter Dinner Ideas: Mushroom and Bacon Risotto Recipe (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

I’ve really been trying to eat healthier the past few months. My dad somehow miraculously avoid a heart attack at 72. However, he also had three heart surgeries over the course of a year. He’d been tired a lot and had been falling asleep when he’d sit down. Not being one to talk the doctor about his concerns, on top of having a super shitty primary care doctor, when he finally addressed what was going on, it wasn’t good. Tests revealed that one artery was completely blocked and another wasn’t far behind. When clearing out his arteries roto-rooter style at UVA didn’t fix the issues, he went back for stints. My parents didn’t even tell me about the third surgery. (My mom somehow thinks I’m fragile.) I heard about it, much later, through an off handed comment my brother made.

My family, on both sides, have a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So it’s a real concern for me, especially as I’m headed through my mid-forties. Luckily, I’m doing okay on both counts. However, I’ve tried to eat healthy and take care of myself. Unfortunately, the past two years were rather tumultuous for me emotionally. Like most things, this affected not just my emotional health, but my physical health as well. My energy levels and my weight both took a hit. 

Not only did I change the situation I was in (and more than once) I also changed my eating habits. I stopped drinking gin and (high fructose corn syrup) tonic on the reg (to deal with chronic pain) and found a supplement regimen that worked for my fibromyalgia. I gave up the muscle relaxers I’ve used for years to cope after going cold turkey off pain killers and started taking valerian instead. Then I started eating better. I moved toward (or rather closer than I’ve ever been) a more vegetarian diet with fish, seafood and eggs – with meat only occasionally and very much in moderation. I started doing push ups and going dancing again. Basically I started living with intent rather than just existing. 

Since doing these things, I’ve gone down 16 lbs. I look great and I feel better. My emotional state is much improved and my focus, though still wildly ADHD a few days a week, is better.

Sauteed onions with mushrooms, olive oil and thyme for risotto

And yet, here I am, sharing a freaking mushroom risotto recipe – with bacon. 

Bacon is delicious. Healthwise I’m totally okay with indulging every now and then. Friends and family make that practically a must on special occasions, holidays and dinner dates they host. Intellectually, I realize that pigs are pretty smart animals. As someone with a dog who I consider family, it does bother me that I enjoy pork as much as I do. So I try not to think about it for too long. But then, I remember that pigs can eat people and leave zero trace behind. That helps ease the guilt. 

In the end, I’ve found there are more reasons not to eat pork than there are to gorge myself on a plate of baby back ribs. However, food, like most things in our lives, is a personal choice. Therefore, because I enjoy treating myself from time to time, this recipe has bacon. If, however, you’d like a healthier approach to my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, feel free to substitute the bacon for a healthier alternative. 

Heart healthy alternatives to bacon in mushroom bacon risotto. Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you've given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it's impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Try my warming winter dinner idea for mushroom bacon risotto now.

Healthy Alternatives to Bacon for Mushroom Bacon Risotto

Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you’ve given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it’s impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe.

Tempeh Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tempeh bacon is a vegetarian alternative to bacon. It contains less fat and has zero cholesterol. While traditionally made from slightly fermented soybeans, tempeh bacon can be made using any type of bean including black-eyed peas, black beans and chickpeas. Not only is tempeh bacon a good source of fiber, it’s also high in both vitamin B6 and magnesium. To prepare, simply slice then cook in oil over medium-high heat about four minutes each side.

Turkey Bacon for Healthier Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Turkey bacon is most definitely not bacon, but it’s not a bad substitute if you’re still eating meat. While still not totally healthy – I mean it IS still processed meat – it’s white meat rather than red meat. It also has HALF the amount of saturated fat as the real deal.

A similar alternative to turkey bacon is duck bacon. Just be aware that duck bacon doesn’t get quite as crispy as the real deal.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Vegetable Bacon for Heart Healthy Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Eggplant, and other veggies properly seasoned, can take on that smokey flavor you get from bacon. Simply add some smoked paprika, dried Chipotle chili peppers or a savory sweet sauce to your vegetable of choice then grill, smoke or roast. Additions such as fresh, grated parmesan cheese as garnish once the dish is plated can make up for the loss of the “beefier” bacon texture. To prepare a healthy alternative to bacon using eggplant, simply slice the eggplant then roast at 225°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crispy.

Tofu Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tofu bacon is another healthy alternative to bacon. It’s processed a bit more than tempeh bacon, however it’s high in protein. In addition, tofu bacon also contains all eight essential amino acids, and a notable amount of both calcium and iron.

To make it, you’ll need to start with really thin slices of tofu. (Otherwise you won’t get that bacon-like crunch.) Then marinate the tofu in a blend of 1 cup soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (you can freeze the rest in Tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray), 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s makes a vegan alternative), 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke and 2 cups water. Mix to combine than marinate thinly sliced tofu at least four hours to overnight.

Once you’re ready to cook your bacon tofu, simply strain the tofu slices from the marinade. Then fry the tofu in a skillet over medium high heat until crispy. If desired, you can reserve the marinade for another veggie dish later.

Now that you know you can make substitutions for the bacon if desired, here’s my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. I hope you enjoy it in your very favorite way as an easy, warming winter dinner idea.

Mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by omitting the bacon or by substituting it a bacon alternative.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon, mentioned above.

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons quality salt
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme
5 pieces of very crispy (but not burnt) bacon (or bacon alternative)
2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
Fresh ground black peppercorns

Ingredients for making mushroom bacon risotto

Instructions:

Begin by warming the chicken or vegetable broth in a medium sized pot. While the broth is warming, you’ll start a second pot on the stove. 

In a separate medium-large pot, heat one tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat. Then sauté the onions in the oil until fragrant. (Alternately you can also Continue to cook until the onions have browned.

Next, add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot with the sautéed onions. Then stir the rice into the pot of sautéd onions and oil.

Cooking Risotto Rice in Broth

Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. (It will seem like a lot of oil to start, but it will help the rice cook.) After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.

While the rice cooks, stir often. The more you stir the risotto, the creamier the final version of the mushroom bacon risotto dish you serve will end up being.

Once the rice shows signs of having absorbed the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture, as in the previous step.

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme

As the risotto is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Once sautéed, set aside.

Continue adding more broth to the rice, stirring often. Partway through stir in the salt and add some fresh sage to the pot. I used one small sprig of fresh sage with about eight leaves on it.

Creamy cooked risotto rice.

The risotto is done cooking when the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through. At this point you no longer need to add additional broth. Instead, stir in most of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, while reserving the rest for plating.

Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto into bowls or plates for serving. The top the risotto with the crispy bacon or bacon alternative, sautéd mushrooms and additional parmesan cheese. Serve immediately, while stir warm.

If desired, you can serve this warming winter dish of mushroom bacon risotto with a light bodied glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 5-6

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is the perfect warming, winter dinner idea. Accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme, you can make risotto dinner recipe hearty healthy by either omitting the bacon or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
  • 7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons quality salt
  • Fresh sage
  • Fresh thyme
  • 5 pieces of crispy bacon (or bacon alternative)
  • 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
  • Fresh ground black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Warm your broth of choice in a medium sized pot on the stove. Set aside.
  2. Heat one Tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat in a medium-large pot. Sauté the chopped onions in the oil until fragrant, then continue to cook until the onions have browned.
  3. Add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot of sautéed onions. Then stir in the rice.
  4. Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.
  5. Stir the rice often to ensure a creamy risotto.
  6. Once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture occasionally.
  7. While the rice cooks, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Then set aside.
  8. Continue adding more broth to the rice as it cooks. Partway through stir in the salt and about eight leaves of fresh sage.
  9. Once the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through it's ready. Stir in the bulk of the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto onto plates or into bowls for serving. Top with the crispy bacon, sautéd mushrooms and remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1210mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 45g

Warming winter dinner ideas.

More Warming Winter Dinner Ideas

If you enjoyed my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, then you may also like these other warming winter dinner ideas.

For more warming winter dinner ideas, be sure to visit my Food Recipes Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin‘, facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up for my newsletter.