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Spice and Kitchen Mixes You Can Make at Home

Kitchen mixes and spice mixes are incredibly easy to make! When made at home, you can eliminate unhealthy additives and lower the sodium content. Try these out!

Mortar and Pestle creating spice and kitchen mixes at home

Cooking with spices can add a whole new dimension of flavor to your cooking. Creating your own kitchen mixes can help you cater to your family’s taste, and save you some time as well. All you will have to do is sprinkle a little of your blend, rather than open a half dozen bottles every time you want to make Italian sauce or tasty tacos.

Here are some quick and easy blends. Organize some clean spice bottles, jars, or small plastic containers with lids, some sticky labels, and a waterproof marker, and you will be ready to start blending.

Note that the amounts are generally accurate for the average palate. Add more or less depending on your preferences.

Hearty Beef and Bean Chili with a homemade seasoning kitchen mixes

Chili Seasoning

  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add 2 tablespoons of chili seasoning per each pound of meat.

Chinese 5-Spice Powder

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 star anise, ground
  • 1 tsp crushed fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Generous dash ground cloves

Add 1 or 2 teaspoons to your stir fry and other Chinese dishes. You can also use it as a rub for poultry.

Curry Powder

  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground fennel seed
  • 2 tsp ground yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the kitchen mixes to your curry dishes.

Harvest Chicken Dinner with a homemade ranch kitchen mixes
Harvest Ranch Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Ranch Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp black or white pepper

Use 1 tablespoon to season 1/4 cup whole milk and 1/3 cup mayonnaise. Whisk together until completely smooth. Use it as a dressing or dip.

Pizza Blend

  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp minced dried onions
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Dash salt
  • Generous dash black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Add 1 tablespoon to your pizza or pasta sauce.

Cream of _________ Soup

If you have a recipe that calls for a creamed soup, use this as the base, along with the fresh ingredients, such as mushroom for a green bean casserole, celery, chicken, and so on. Of all kitchen mixes, this is the one I probably use the most. I can mix up the dry ingredients and store until ready to create what flavor I need. It’s extremely convenient and one of my favorite kitchen mixes!

  • 1 cup powdered non-fat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano  
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Cook enough of the main ingredient in a pot until tender, to make a can or two of soup. Add about 1 1/4 cups of water to create a “can”, or double the amount for two cans. Whisk in the mix until combined and heat over a medium flame until it reaches.

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp chili powder (mild)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Use 2 tablespoons of your kitchen mixes per pound of meat. This will work well with poultry or fish tacos too.

What spice and kitchen mixes do you regularly make at home? Comment below!


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