14 Homemade Spice Blends

homemade herb and spice mixes 14 Homemade Spice Blends

Many store bought herb and spice blends can be expensive, and a lot of them contain additives, anti-caking agents or MSG.

Fortunately, most are very easy to make, and if you order your ingredients in bulk, you can make 14 (or more) different spice blends using under 30 herbs. You’ll be able to eat the cuisine of another country every night for two weeks, and quality spice blends can make even plain meat and vegetables exciting.

Personally, I order all the herbs necessary to make these herb and spice blends in 1 pound quantities from Mountain Rose Herbs because they offer a 10-30% discount for bulk orders over 5 pounds.  I freeze any that I’m not using right away, or keep them in a cool, dry place and they last for at least a year. I use many of the herbs in other herbal recipes like my Vinegar of the Four Thieves Health Tonic, so they don’t go to waste.

If you’ve never made your own spice blends, I’d encourage you to try it! It’s simple, saves money, and you avoid the chemical additives that are in most spice blends. All of the herbs can be bought organically from Mountain Rose Herbs in as little as  4 ounce quantities or you may be able to find organic versions for sale by the ounce at your local health food store.

If you have a dehydrator and the time, you can also make your own garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder to save money.

Taco Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Cumin Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano leaf (or oregano leaf powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Himalayan salt or Sea salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

Taco Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Put all in jar and shake well or mix in a food processor until mixed. Store in an airtight jar for up to six months. Makes approximately 1 cup. To use: sprinkle on ground beef or chicken as you would any store bought taco seasoning. 3 tablespoons is the same as 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. Great for lettuce tacos.

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Fenugreek powder (optional)- gives sweetness
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Mustard Powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)- adds spiciness
  • 3 tablespoons ground Coriander (optional)
  • 1/4 cup ground Turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cardamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves Powder (optional) – Adds complex flavor

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, jar or food processor and store in an air-tight container until ready to use. Can be used on meats, vegetables or in soups. Especially good in with chicken, shrimp or vegetables.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Basil leaf
  • 1/2 cup Marjoram Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Oregano leaf
  • 1/4 cup cut and sifted Rosemary Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Thyme Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder (optional, especially if you cook with fresh garlic)

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Place all herbs in a jar and shake well. Great in any Italian recipes such as Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan, Meatza, Grain Free Spaghetti, Zucchini Lasagna, etc.

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Himalayan Salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (optional- won’t be spicy without this)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme Leaf

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients in jar or food processor and store in an airtight container. Good on stir frys, eggs, casseroles, and poultry. Can add more or less Cayenne to get to your taste.

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried Parsley leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in jar or food processor. To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup Homemade Mayonaise or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

  • The zest from 4-6 organic lemons (or 1/2 cup pre-dried lemon zest)
  • 6 Tablespoons ground black pepper (or whole peppercorns if you are using fresh lemon)
  • 5 Tablespoons Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Instructions

If using fresh lemon Zest, thoroughly zest the lemons and spread the fresh lemon out on a baking sheet. Put into the oven on the lowest setting and leave until completely dried. Mine took about 70 minutes, but yours make take more or less time. When completely dried, mix with the peppercorns and salt in a food processor until well mixed. If making with pre-dried lemon peel, just mix all ingredients in a food processor until blended.

Seasoned Salt Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried Parsley Leaf (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Seasoned Salt Recipe Instructions

Mix well by shaking in a jar or in a food processor. Store in airtight container.

Fajita Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Powder

Fajita Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix well in bowl or jar and store in airtight container until use. Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas. I use for making Fajitas and Fajita Salads.

French Onion Soup Mix Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt (optional but helps absorption of soup)

French Onion Soup Mix Instructions

Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of beef stock to make french onion soup (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized. To use as a mix, you can add 1/2 cup soy-free and MSG free beef bouillon powder and use as you would a packet of french onion soup pix (1/4 cup=1 package). Excellent on roasts or for making french onion soup. I also use as the seasoning for the meat in Shepard/Cottage Pie.

Chili Seasoning Mix Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme

Chili Seasoning Mix Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. 1/4 cup of mix=1 package of store bought chili seasoning. Great for all types of chili (this one is my favorite).

Herbs de Provence Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Thyme Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Marjoram Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of cut and sifted Rosemary Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Savory
  • 1 teaspoon of Lavender Flowers (lightly ground-optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Fennel

Herbs de Provence Instructions

If you are zesting the orange yourself, remove the zest of one organic orange and dry in an oven on lowest setting or a dehydrator until completely dry. Place in a food processor with the lavender flowers and lightly pulse. Remove and mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl until mixed (do not grind up the herbs!). Excellent in soups, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground Allspice
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)

Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container. When using, it is especially good if mixed with honey and painted on the meat.

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Anise Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground Fennel
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Great for recipes like Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and other Asian themed cuisine.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Allspice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves powder (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Use as you would regular pumpkin pie spice. Great in pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, spiced pumpkin lattes or coconut flour pumpkin muffins.

herb jars 300x225 14 Homemade Spice BlendsI store all of my homemade spice blends in glass jars or glass bottles (also available at Mountain Rose Herbs) and keep them in my spice cabinet.

Ever made your own seasoning blends? What’s your favorite? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Dawn says

    THANK YOU!!   Not just for the recipes but for showing me how I can make ranch dressing for my daughter who can’t have vinegar!  Now she can have dip just like the rest of the family (and be healthier for it but don’t tell that to the extended fam).

  2. Zbean26 says

    Great recipes, thanks, I have a question though, does anyone know what “cut and sifted rosemary leaf” is?
    Thanks, 
    Lisa

  3. says

    I love homemade spice mixes. Funny story…. I made a batch of taco seasoning one day & asked my oldest (14 at the time) to make a 2nd batch. We poured them into a container & that evening I decided to make some taco style chicken. I tasted it after cooking for a bit, and it BURNED my mouth!! I was trying to figure out how I could have put too much seasoning in. Come to find out, he had switched the measurements for cayenne & chili powder!!! I had to rinse the chicken in water & it was STILL super spicy!

    He didn’t mean to. He just wasn’t paying attention, but we still pick on him about it now!

  4. Dan says

    Hey Wellness mama,

    you don’t list a salt amount for your seasoned salt mix. How much salt should be used in this recipe?

    Thanks,
    Dan

  5. Michelle says

    Ps to my earlier question…I do see you have a link to chilli powder, but most chilli powders are not just dried peppers, but other spices too. Any idea which of the above mixes would be comparable to a chilli powder? Thanks so much

  6. Michelle says

    Ok, having a dopey day…my first message never did post and now I see that one of your mixes is a chilli seasoning, so I will assume it is that one and not bother the busy pregnant lady!!

  7. lynda thompson says

    I make my own Italian seasoning blend, after I realized I was buying it too often. I made a huge container of it. I use it all the time. I have been against buying packaged spice blends and packets to make chili etc. because those add chemicals. I haven’t used those packets in years. I’m trying to get people to understand you can do this on your own, both for health and to save money.

  8. Alison says

    Thank you so much for this! The Cajun has been my favorite, but all have a great flavor. I’m not sold on the Asian though, any tips for that one? I like a good ginger, garlic, salt mix for Asian usually.

  9. Jenny says

    On several recipes you say to use “chili powder.” What type of chili powder do you use? Cayenne or something else? I used Cayenne for chili powder in the fajita mix, but it is almost so hot I can’t use it. Any clarification would be great! Thank you!!!

    • says

      Cayenne and chili powder are not the same thing. Chili powder isn’t that spicy, our 3 year old will eat it. Cayenne however is really spicy, I wouldn’t substitute it for chili powder. I get my chili powder in a very large shaker from Sam’s Club. Kroger grocery store also carries it. It’s just called chili powder.

  10. Jen says

    Just built my dream spice cupboard (floor to ceiling) because I love being adventurous w/seasonings, vinegars, etc. Wish I could post a pic here to show you. Can’t say how tickled I am now when I go to cook and every flavoring, oil and vinegar is all in one spot!

  11. Ruth Baum says

    I love these recipes — how wonderful to have spice mixes without the questionable ingredients — I just have two questions or observations– First, on the Taco Spice Mix you suggest an optional 1/4 cup of salt. That’s a lot of salt. If the recipe makes 1 cup, and 3 tablespoons of mix is enough for 1 pound of meat, then the entire recipe would season a little over 5 lbs of ground beef. I usually figure 1/2 teaspoon salt per pound of hamburger, so the recipe should contain about 1 tablespoon of salt, or slightly less.

    Next, the seasoned salt recipe contains no salt. Do you mean to use this recipe in place of salt?

    • says

      The seasoned salt can be in place of salt… I’m actually usually looking for ways to consume more healthy salt so we tend to use more than 1/2 tsp per pound…

  12. Jamie White says

    So great! I’ve been looking for homemade mixes to make with my dried herbs from the garden this fall. Thanks so much :)

  13. IvoryPassages says

    Hi Katie! I LOVE your site, and I’m looking forward to learning more. I do have a couple of questions, maybe you can help?

    Is Mountain Rose the least expensive on organic herbs and such? And do you recommend glass or plastic containers with organic blends?

    - Sydney

  14. Ellin O'Callahan North says

    I’m looking to make my own cumin cinnamon seasalt mix. What would be an appropriate amount of cumin and cinnamon to salt?

  15. Marlen says

    We have a family spice called Babunya’s Gourmet Spice. It’s been in our family for five generations. My 87 year old mom is the face on our products. Our blended spices are All Natural, Gluten Free, with no MSG, no preservatives, or additives. It comes in three flavours:

    ORIGINAL (has no heat just great taste)
    MILD (some heat)
    HOT ( a bit more heat)

    We blend all of our spices ourselves in Pennsylvania. They are great not only on chicken, but also steaks, pork, fish, lamb, All Game Meats, as well as soups, salads, and vegetables.

    If you go to our website and click on Video Recipe you can watch some of my moms favorite dishes, and see exactly how to make them. Thanks for letting me share!

  16. LaVerne hall says

    I have looked for adobo spice or herb. I have some recipes that calls for it but can’t find it anywhere. I was so happy to see your site . Love all the mixes, will try several & also my sister will like this site too.

  17. Faye says

    Katie, have you come up with a homemade version of McCormick’s Toasted Onion & Garlic potato seasoning? I made it tonight, and my husband went on and on about the potatoes. I’d rather make up my own mix. Thanks!

    • Mare says

      I can share what I do for toasted onion and garlic seasoning… it’s not really a specific recipe, because I rarely measure ingredients, but I can get you in the ball park. You can make it up in any amounts you like. It will store for a long time in an airtight jar, in a cabinet.

      *2 measures dried onion flakes (you can pick these up really cheap, especially at dollar stores; normally there is nothing in the container but dried onions, no preservatives, fillers, etc.)
      *1 measure beef bouillon granules (if the granules are too big, mash them with the back of a spoon; you can also use chicken or vegie, or just leave this out, but it does give it a great flavor boost)
      *1 measure garlic powder (I really like garlic)
      *sea salt to taste (I always use sea salt or Real Salt)
      *pepper to taste (freshly ground is always best)

      Mix everything together and that’s the basic recipe.

      I sometimes add other stuff, just to give it a change. Parsley and paprika are always good additions.

      I, also, sometimes use fresh, finely minced onion and garlic, sauteed in a bit of butter and or olive oil, then add the additional ingedients. You can either add diced potatoes to the mixture to cook, or use it to coat potatoes before cooking (baste while they cook), or as a topping for cooked potatoes.

  18. Mare says

    Thanks, so much, for these spice mixes, Katie! A few of them I’ve made up on my own, but some of them I had no idea what to put in the mix. This will be a great help for future culinary adventures! *BG*

  19. Duke says

    Man, I swear you have everything! I needed a taco seasoning recipe and instead of google, I tried you first and found 14 different blends! Though I haven’t used it yet, it smells delicious!! Thanks so much!

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