Enhance Your Cooking With Homemade Spice Blends

April 21, 2020
While the world has been sheltering at home during this pandemic, there are multitudes of Instagram and Facebook videos of everyone cooking!  People cooking something new, or trying to cook something for the first time!

I am more of a simple cook, but one thing I have learned is that flavor is so important. Layering your seasoning results in a more savory, tasty meal.

Sometimes we can have a shelf full of spices, but yet not know what combination to use for different dishes.  

Today I'm here to help you with that.

I'm sharing three of my go-to spice combinations for everyday cooking. By making my own spice blends, I am able to avoid any MSG or sneaky sugar additives. 

Yes, there are blends on the grocery shelves that contain some form of sugar.

recipes for homemade spice blends
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Homemade Seasoning Salt

8 Tbsp salt (table salt or sea salt is fine)
1 Tbsp onion powder (do not use the minced onion)
3 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp paprika

Mix thoroughly in a bowl and put it in a shaker (or a recycled spice container).
This blend is compatible with a variety of dishes: beef, chicken, vegetables, and eggs.
I have it right by my salt and pepper and reach for it while cooking most of the time.


I store my spices in these types of containers: one is an old favorite Tupperware cup with shaker lid;
the other is a Ziploc small Twist-n-Lock, available at most grocery stores.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tsp onion powder
1 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp paprika
1 Tsp Mexican oregano (or regular oregano)
1/2 Tsp salt (table salt or sea salt)
1 Tsp cilantro (optional)

Mix thoroughly in a bowl and keep in a small container with a lid.  Use this blend
by the tablespoon to taste for taco meat, chili fajitas, pinto beans or other
Mexican favorites. For a spicier blend, try adding a teaspoon of cayenne and/or
red pepper flakes.
I use this so often I make a double recipe at a time.
(The cilantro and Mexican oregano I use is from McCormicks)


Italian Seasoning

2 Tbsp of each:  Basil, Oregano, Rosemary
1 Tbsp each: thyme (powdered or regular), cilantro (optional),
onion powder, sea salt, garlic powder
Optional: 1 Tsp red pepper flake

As the previous blends, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep in a small
container with a lid. This blend is best in homemade spaghetti sauce or other
white pasta sauces. Use by the tablespoon to taste. It's even good sprinkled on
plain pasta mixed with olive oil.

 Keep in mind that if you use this blend in homemade spaghetti sauce, add at
least a teaspoon of sugar (or equivalent of sugar replacement). This will
combat the bitterness of canned tomato sauce and/or canned diced tomatoes.
In my homemade sauce, I add a bay leaf while simmering.     

6 comments:

  1. I love this idea of making my own seasoning mixes.But right now it will be difficult to get ginger garlic onion powders.Will keep this in mind

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  2. what a genius idea. I will definitely be exploring this more! Seeing as my family has some specific likes and dislikes, this will make it so much easier to please people's taste buds AND be frugal simultaneously!

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  3. Those sound interesting! I like to add garlic and onion combinations, so maybe I could try the Italian one.

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  4. thank you for sharing this. I have made a few spices myself by mixing this and that together. Couldn't tell you what they were today as it's been awhile.

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  5. Great recipes, thanks for sharing. My granddaughter loves to experiment and make her seasoning mixes.

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