The recipe I found that most closely resembled what I thought I was looking for still needed some tweaking to fit personal preferences. Mostly because I am too wimpy to handle any kind of heat. And I dislike black pepper in just about EVERYTHING. I think it tastes like dirt. Yes, I know what dirt tastes like (thank you, Basic Training).
Here is what I came up with for the best chili seasoning:
(adapted from mybakingaddiction)
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
dash of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons sea salt
Mix together all ingredients. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Mmmm, chili seasoning with no hidden ingredients. Store in an air tight container.
Now for the Vegetarian (actually Vegan) Chili:
Start with Onions. I used 6, but they were small. They came from the Farmer's Market in Haleiwa. Don't be fooled by their tiny size. Half way through I had to take a break for onion tears. Chop them up and saute them in olive oil.