5 Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home

Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home

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5 Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home | There are so many times I realize just how convenience has shaped our inability to be self-sufficient. And it’s not even about not being able to do something, it’s choosing not to do it because it seems like more work or we don’t think to do it because we’ve been brainwashed into buying something.

I cringe every time I walk by the spice mix aisle because first of all, hello, there’s a whole section dedicated to it, they all contain ingredients most of us already have in our overflowing spice cabinets and they are nearly all packaged in some sort of plastic-lined envelope.

What’s so special about McCormick’s taco seasoning, anyway? Nothing. Simply enough. You can make most of these mixes because guess what, the basic ingredients of nearly all pre-packaged spice blends are generally basic spices we have on hand all of the time.

And how does it make any sense to buy something that you already have at home? It doesn’t.  I mean, it doesn’t really save a whole lot of time. In fact, I could argue that it takes more time since you have to go to the grocery store and spend money.

I actually find A LOT of joy in mixing my own mixes now because not only am I saving money and preventing unnecessary waste, I can customize them to fit my tastes and make the mixes as gifts. Save that idea for December, friends!

There are a handful of spice mixes I use all of the time. I make them in larger batches so that I don’t have to remix for every individual meal.

This list is also giving me some serious Fall vibes.

5 Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home

Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home

Taco

Tacos are served in my household about every week because I’ve made them part of the food pyramid. I love them prepared in so many different ways especially these from Minimalist Baker.

Taco seasoning is really only a mixture of a few individual spices. I always up the cumin because that’s the tastiest part of the mix.

  • 1 TB Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Fajita

Seasoning

Portobello strips, green and red bell peppers and white onion sautéed till carmelized with this spice mix will make your whole house smell like heaven!

  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Coconut Sugar or Regular White Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Chili

Who doesn’t like a pot of warm chili to end a chilly fall day? Served with some cornbread and I’m very happy girl with a full belly.

  • 2 TB Chili Powder
  • 1 TB Garlic Powder
  • 1 TB Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Pumpkin Spice

homemade pumpkin pie spice

Here’s my BB recipe for all ya’ll (myself included) who love everything flavored with pumpkin spice. You know, I never realized until a few years ago that the terminology of pumpkin and squash were interchangeable. In fact, your favorite can of pureed pumpkin is actually butternut squash and not the pumpkins you ride a tractor to go pick.

Related: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Poultry Seasoning

Thyme

A staple seasoning for flavorful white meat – shoot – sprinkle this on sautéed mushrooms or veggies.

  • 2 tsp Ground Sage
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

 

Making spice mixes at home is just such an easy way to prevent a little bit of unnecessary waste and save a few bucks. It also gives you an outlet to mix some new concoctions that may taste 1000% better than the store bought versions.

Storing Your Spice Blends

I keep my spices in sealed, glass, jelly jars. Spices will last 1-2 years this way in terms of potency. Of course, how spices sit in your cabinet for 2 years? If you aren’t using up something that quickly, it may be time to reconsider keeping it on hand to begin with as it clearly doesn’t get used.

What are your favorite spice blends to mix at home?

2 thoughts on “5 Spice Mixes You Can Make At Home

  1. Yum – these all look like great mixes!! I’ll have to give some of them a try once I have some more space in my spice drawer. 🙂
    Jenna ♥
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