In the Kitchen

Make Your Own Spice Blends

Do you love to flavor your meals with something other than salt? If so, keep reading! Below you’ll find recipes for 10 different spice blends, and only 1 of them uses salt. These will help you cook tasty, healthy food that’s also less expensive. Keep reading for the recipes, and be sure to print out the recipes with our free printable to make your own spice blends!

Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to download your free printable with all 10 spice blend recipes!

Why make your own spice blends?

I’ve been married for 25 years, and I’ve been cooking for all of those years. Some time ago, I started making my own spice blends for several reasons.

1. Cost Effectiveness:

In the long run, I save money on spices this way.

2. Time Saved:

When I first started making my own spice mixes, I spent a whole day making and organizing my spices. But after I got my system in place, it saved so much time when cooking! Now instead of adding several spices to whatever I’m cooking, I can just grab the blend I need.

3. It’s Healthier:

This reason is a big one for me. Making my own spice blends allows me to avoid artificial ingredients like MSG, BHT, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and other additives and preservatives. It’s also great for folks who have allergies to certain spices or for those who don’t like certain spices.

Here are 10 recipes to make your own spice blends:

Make Your Own Spice Blends

Make These 10 Spice Blends. Each recipe is about the amount of a spice shaker.

Taco Seasoning Blend:

1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 c. (or 4 tbsp.) ground cumin
*Use on: tacos, burritos, enchilada meat, Mexican side dishes

Pizza Topping:

1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. minced onion
2 tbsp. crushed red pepper (spicy)
1 tbsp. oregano
*Use on: pizza sauce, pizza topping, Italian sausage, grinders, pizza boats

Spaghetti Sauce or Italian Blend:

2 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. basil
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tbsp. parsley
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
*Use on: spaghetti sauce, lasagne, pastas, Italian rolls and breads

Italian Dressing Blend:

2 tbsp. thyme
2 tbsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. parsley
*Use on: Italian dressings, vegetables, vinaigrette based vegetable salads, pasta salad

Greek Blend:

1 tbsp. minced onion
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tbsp. rosemary
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Real Lemon (crystallized lemon powder)
1 tsp. dry and crushed red bell pepper (omit if can’t find)
*Use on: chicken, pork, Greek salad topping, gyros, stuffed cabbage or grape leaves

Fajita Blend:

1 tbsp. minced onion
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. lime crystals (Real Lime)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (spicy)
Double this one if needed to fill your shaker.
*Use on: fajitas, stir fry, vegetables, dips and wraps. Also try adding to cream based salad dressings.

Adobo Blend: (Spicy)

2 tbsp. garlic powder
3 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. cayenne pepper (hot)
1 tbsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
*Use on: chicken, spicy meat dishes, soups


Dry Fruit Spice:

2 tsp. chopped dried cranberries, blueberries, or raisins
2 tbsp. organic sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
*Use on: muffins, granola, use like cinnamon sugar, dessert topping, vanilla ice cream, breads

Apple Pie Spice:

4 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. allspice
*Use on: oatmeal, pies, cobblers, granola, fruit crisp, cinnamon rolls, breads, muffins

Pumpkin Pie Spice:

4 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. ginger
1 tbsp. cloves
*Use on: pumpkin or sweet potato pie, candied yams, as a topping  for eggnog or cappuccino

To print out these 10 spice blend recipes, just click here!

About the author

Stephanie Harrington

Stephanie was a military spouse for 20 years and has homeschooled for more than 17 years. She and her husband of 25 years retired from the military and settled in their native state of Iowa where they continue to homeschool their youngest child. Her homeschool style is eclectic with Charlotte Mason and classical influences. She continues to encourage and support homeschoolers through her writings and curriculum development.
When she isn't teaching or writing she enjoys sightseeing, gardening, and cooking.

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