14 Homemade Spice Blends

homemade herb Spice Blends

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

Homemade Herb and Spice Blends

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

Homemade DIY Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe

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.

Print the recipe here.

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Ingredients

Homemade curry powder seasoning recipe

  • 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.

Print this recipe here.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix Recipe with Dried Herbs

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.

Print this recipe here.

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

Rajin Cajun Sesoning Blend Recipe

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.

Print this cajun seasoning recipe here.

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Ingredients

Real Food Ranch Dressing Powder Mix Recipe - Wellness Mama

  • 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.

Print the recipe here.

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

  • 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.

Print this recipe here.

Seasoned Salt Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe

  • 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.

Print the recipe here.

Fajita Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

DIY Fajita Seasoning

  • 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.

Print this recipe here.

French Onion Soup Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama French Onion Soup Mix copy

  • 1/2 cup dried Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt (optional but helps absorption of soup)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional but adds great flavor)

French Onion Soup Mix Instructions

Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of beef stock (or bone broth) 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.

Print the recipe here.

Chili Seasoning Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama Chili Seasoning Mix

  • 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).

Print the recipe here.

Herbs de Provence Ingredients

Wellness Mama Herbs de Provence

  • 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.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Wellness Mama Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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

Jamaican 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.

Print this Jamaican Jerk seasoning recipe here.

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Ingredients

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Mix Recipe

  • 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.

Print the recipe here.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

Wellness Mama Pumpkin Pie Seasoning

  • 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.

Print the recipe here.

herb jarsI 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 spice blends? What’s your favorite? Share below!

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

    • It just means that it isn’t the whole leaf. Some places send the whole leaf, and you can “cut” it yourself by just pulsing in a food processor or using a mortar and pestle.

      • Oh it is the simple, thanks for the clarification.  

  3. Thanks for all the great recipes! I shared it on my facebook page for The Unrefined Kitchen!

  4. I would LOVE to find a good Tandoori spice mix I could make. Any suggestions?

  5. 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!

  6. So stoked you had this!  I can’t wait to start throwing these together.

  7. Hey Wellness mama,

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


    • Two to four tablespoons or to your taste 🙂

  8. What a great selection of spice blends! And MANY thanks for the PDF! Happy Trails-

  9. Good Stuff !!

  10. Wow! Thank you for this. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Ranch and taco seasoning.

  11. So great to have all these spice blends in one place! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  12. Can you give me a list of the 30 herbs you purchase?

  13. 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

  14. 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!!

  15. Can you add how much salt we need in the (currently salt-less) seasoned salt recipe please? Thanks!!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!!

    • 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.

      • If you are trying to watch your salt intake (thus making your own mixes to avoid the unneeded/added salt) be very careful which Chili Powder you purchase. If you look at the ingredients 90% of them have added salt.

        We looked at all of the brands available at our local store (including the bulk bin) and only found one that does not have any added salt.

    • Chili Powder is mostly used as a coloring agent and although it does have a certain taste to it, it has virtually no spice (heat) to it at all. Gerbhardt is one of the best but you can get chili powder in the Mexican Spice section in most stores for alot cheaper. We call it “Chile de Color”. Do not get it confused with Ground Red Pepper because this one is spicy.

      • Mike you are sooo right!! The store bought Chili, with an i, doesn’t have much spice or aroma. I make my own with a couple of different peppers, the hottest is the Chile de Arbol. I buy some at the Mexican market, already dried, deseed them, and grind them into a powder. I add garlic, cumin, but you can add others as well. If you want some hotter peppers, you can remove half, or more, of the seeds and membrane to lessen the heat. Habanero’s have a fruity flavor once the heat is removed. You will use less of your homemade mix because it will have more flavor..

  19. I just made Rosemary Gladstar’s heart sprinkle, with toasted coconut and heart healthy herbs <3 it's delicious!

    • A las her site is closed down at the moment…I would love to see this recipe! Sounds like an intriguing recipe!

  20. 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!

  21. 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?

    • 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…

  22. Do you by chance have a breakfast sausage seasoning blend?

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

  24. 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

    • Glass is better if possible and I order form MRH but there are some other good sources and you may be able to find them locally at a health food store…

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

  26. 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!

  27. How can the seasoned salt not have any salt in it?

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

    • 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.

      • Thanks so much! I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. We like garlic too!

  30. 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*

  31. 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!

  32. Thanks so much for these! I will be preparing them with my prenatal class to try and wean people off of processed foods 🙂

  33. These are wonderful! I am now looking into buying the herbs and spices bulk; one question though, for the recipes that call for anise is that anise seed powder or anise star pod powder?

    • Also do you make the celery salt by mixing celery seed (whole or powdered) with salt?

      • Another question: where cinnamon is called for do you use Cassia or sweet Cinnamon?

  34. What’s the deal with onion powder and garlic powder? Why not use fresh garlic and onion?

    • The taste and texture is different. Also, I dehydrate my own garlic and onion powders, so they are still organic and fresh.

    • That won’t Last. Use dehydrated instead. And onion and garlic powder or salt are Not unhealthy. Our bodies NEED a certain amount of salt, people

  35. Do you have one to make nixed herbs?

  36. Love your spice blends! And thanks for the website to buy bulk from!

  37. I make my own mild chile powder by buying bags of dried ancho chiles at Walmart, and softening them in hot water to cover. Remove the stems, seeds and membranes and put the soft peppers and their soaking water into a blender. Puree, then pour that on the fruit leather trays of a dehydrator. When crispy dry, put it into a blender, spice grinder, or Nutribullet to turn into powder. I soak a quart or so at a time, not the entire bag. A quart of soft pepper puree will fit on 3 Nesco trays. It made about 1/2 cup of pure ancho chile powder, ready for blending!

  38. can you tell me how to make Chinese oriental glaze/spice.

  39. I need a recipe for the Mccormick red curry powder. I know what is in it but not how much or each ingredient. Can anyone help me out?

  40. I love the idea of homemade spice mixes. What is the typical shelf life?

  41. What ? No apple pie spice mix ???
    jk … .. .I LOVE this list and I love that you have it all on one page !

    • I was wondering about the Apple pie spice, too!

  42. Can anyone tell me what the spice name for minced garlic/minced onion half and half is? I saw the word in a now lost recipe, looked it up and found it was simply the half garlic/onion mix. Thanx, Tom Rocha

  43. Hi! Great recipes. I have been looking for dry mixes to flavor cheesecakes…..I cannot find anything online. They sell them, but i would like to make my own and just dont know where to start with a dry mix. Any chance you can help me out.

  44. I am making my own seasonings for Christmas presents. I have been asked for McCormick HOT SHOT.
    Anyone have any ideas?

  45. I would like any ideas on how to blend a nice health tonic from spices such as tumeric etc.

    regards and best wishes


  46. The taco seasoning mix calls for 1/4 cup sea salt. Seems like alot- could that be a typo?

  47. I have been searching for a good spaghetti sauce mix recipe, but even homemade ones online have ingredients I really don’t want to add. I know I’m a bit late to this post, but wondering if you have a spaghetti mix that can just be added to some tomato sauce. If you came up with one and posted, you’d probably be the only truly healthy mix on the web! 😉 I’ve been searching, but just come up empty.

    By the way, I love your site and visit quite frequently, looking for great homemade recipes. You have definitely made my short list of trusted healthy, natural websites! Thank you!!!

  48. Hi;
    Can yo tellme whqat is a good/safe anti-caking agent to use in my homemade, homeground spice mixes? (cornstarch??? flour?? how much per 1/4 C. of mix? ThanksThanks.

  49. I had a quick question about the Seasoned Salt recipe. What is the salt amount in it?? Thanks so much!

  50. Hi! I was wondering how much paprika is used in the taco seasoning recipe as it doesn’t state above?
    Thank you!

  51. I was wondering too, how much paprika is used in the taco seasoning recipe ingredients?

  52. Hello,
    Just wondering about anti-caking agents. Natural healthy ones that can be used with your recipes and how much to use.
    Thanks, so much.