35 Homemade Spice Mixes and How to Use Them

No need to buy spice mixes when you can make them yourself! From curry power to taco seasoning these homemade spice mixes are free of additives. Great ways to use them too!

I have been making my own homemade spice mixes for a long time — and for several reasons.

Save Money

When you make your own food, rather than buying packaged, pre-made products, you save money.  Plain and simple.

Having someone else make it for you costs more.  Plus, since you are buying more things (the raw ingredients and the finished product), you are likely wasting more as food does spoil.

If you're interested in saving money, you might be interested in my other homemade recipes like Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Chocolate Chips, “JELLO®”, White Chocolate Chips, Coffee Substitute, and spice mixes are just simply one of the easiest things you can make yourself.

Control Over Ingredients

My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, so it's been important for us to have control over what goes into our food.  And now that our whole family is gluten-free (due to my thyroid disease and us just trying to be healthier), this has become a “family affair.”

Besides food allergies, however, there are other ingredients in typical store-bought spice blends that you may not want to be consuming.

Things like:

Silicon Dioxide – a free-flowing agent.  Some think this could cause blood issues.
Maltodextrin – can lead to gastro intestinal problems
MSG – reportedly can lead to brain cell death
Natural Flavors – these can be just about anything — including the “brain-cell-killing” MSG
Modified Food Starch – typically sourced from wheat (a gluten concern), or corn (a GMO concern)
Hydrolyzed Proteins

Don't have all the spices in a recipe?  You can most likely find an appropriate substitute here.

No need to buy spice mixes when you can make them yourself! From curry power to taco seasoning these homemade spice mixes are free of additives. Great ways to use them too!

The “Best” Basic Chili Powder

  • We love this in this chili mac, on veggies, salads, and more.

Chili Powder No Writing

Our Family’s Favorite Spice Blend – Chat Masala

  • We LOVE this on these Moroccan Carrots, but it is literally on our table all the time.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Garlic Powder

Mild Curry Powder

DIY Cream of Soup Mix

  • Use in any recipe calling for “cream of” anything soup.

Herbes de Provence

  • Loads of usage tips in the post.

Homemade Celery Salt

  • Loads of usage tips in the post.

Sage, Rosemary, and Garlic Salt

Vegetable Broth Mix Recipe | All-Purpose Seasoning

  • Usage tips in the post.
  • Great in any recipe calling for broth, and in a pinch can be used as a sub for chicken or beef broth as well.

Vegetable Broth No Writing

Apple Pie Spice Blend

Cajun Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Masala Chai Tea Spice Mix/Blend

Sweet Potato Spice Blend

Use on sweet potatoes, of course.

St. Peter’s Spicy Fish Seasoning

Versatile Sausage Seasoning Blend

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

The Best Cinnamon Sugar – Made Healthier

Cinnamon Sugar Recipe

Paprika Chicken Rub

Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

Ras El Hanout

  • Uses noted in post.

Dukkah

Onion and Garlic Powders

Curry Chicken Rub

Citrus Salts

  • Lots of uses mentioned in the post.

Easy Ranch Seasoning

Easy Ranch Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

    Uses:

  • On Popcorn
  • Oven Fries and
  • More uses in the post.

Allspice Alternative

  • Use in any recipe that calls for allspice.

Zaatar Spice Mix

Spicy Steak Rub with Secret Ingredient

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Italian Seasoning

Blackening Seasoning

Blackening Seasoning

Which is YOUR favorite?
Do you make homemade seasonings?

 

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  1. i was wondering how long do these store for?

    • Spice storage times depend on the spices involved and of course on how old your original spices are. I use mine for quite awhile and if they aren’t as potent I use extra, but store peppers and such in the fridge as they can spoil more quickly. In general: whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 3 to 4 years and dried leafy herbs for 1 to 3 years.

  2. debbie donnelly says:

    This is great & you can use your spices up before they get old,by using & making mixes,love it,

  3. Hello Adrienne! First and most importantly…….Thank you so much for all of these wonderful homemade spices. You are a truly a blessing to those who want to prepare foods for their families so they can stay and maintain healthiness. You are one that I know I can learn from. Thanks so much!
    Before I close, I would like to ask you a couple of questions. #1) Is there a link that allows us to download each spice? I looked for one but understand there may not be a link like that. I just want to make sure before I start copying them one by one. #2) There has been a lot of talk about the olive oil we have been purchasing and how most of them out there are not at all 100% beautiful olive oil but oils that we don’t want to ingest. I am not able to read everything so I may have missed if you wrote about it and whether you did or not, I wanted to ask you if you have had time to investigate….. yes… that would be the proper word for what you do….. lol…. and I love it! Anyway, have you had time to investigate who does sell a truly pure olive oil? Joanne Dudley

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! What a blessing. I’m not sure I understand your question about a link to download each spice – could you explain please? I didn’t write about olive oil but I have read about it. I know Costco’s is supposed to be fine. Do you have a membership there? I should find some more options :).

  4. My husband is diabetic & we think is sensitive to msg. I have high blood pressure. What a combination! I love to cook & make my own pickles, jams/preserves, salsa, & can my own tomatoes as well as freeze a lot of veggies from the farmers market & our garden. Thanks for the ketsup & seasonings I can do. I look forward to trying them. Please keep up the good work/research/ideas.

    • Oh my. Sorry you are dealing with those things. You are doing so many good things! MSG isn’t good anyhow, so good to avoid in any case. Thanks for your kind words. Hope to see you around again!

  5. Suzanne Holt says:

    What a great collection of recipes. Thanks for compiling this list. Making a lot of these seasoning blends would not have occurred to me – thanks for the great ideas.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing my masala chai and cajun seasoning blends! This is such a helpful list!

  7. Great post! Thank you for linking up my Montreal Steak Seasoning and Blackening Seasoning recipes!

  8. Thanks for linking to my lemon pepper seasoning recipe, Adrienne! There are so many great recipes shared here that I’d love to try in the future like sausage seasoning (they never seem to add enough when I buy it from the butcher) + ranch and blackening seasoning. Such a great resource. Bookmarking for later. 🙂

  9. Wow Adrienne! I’ve also been making my own for several years now, but just a couple of different types. This resource is amazing. I can’t wait to start learning how to use several of these in new recipes. Thanks for such an extensive list!

    • Hi Cherie! Thanks for the kind words! Which do you typically make? I think I’m going to try the Zaatar and see how it goes with some of the things we make (like the dressing).

      • I just make an all-purpose blend I use on everything (gets a little boring but we love it, lol) and a pumpkin pie spice mix that I add to my smoothies and my Dandy Blend dairy & sugar-free latte and a dairy & sugar-free Ceylon cinnamon mix that I add to golden milk. I also make a taco/chili type blend. Thanks for helping me break out of my comfort zone Adrienne and try some new ones. A little scary but exciting too!

  10. Thank you for these wonderful resources. A lot of work went into not only the compiling of them but in the making/developing of them too. What a blessing for the rest of us. .