Homemade Seasoning Blends – Nine DIY Recipes
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.
Homemade Seasoning Blends – Nine DIY Recipes – Add great flavor to your food and save money with these simple to make homemade seasoning blends! Lower sodium and gluten free. Make great gifts too!
I love to have these spice blends on hand for adding flavor to all of our favorite recipes. Making your own spice blends is a great way to control your sodium intake and save lots of $$!
Many store-bought spice blends include additives and MSG and a small bottle can run up to $5! I love that these recipes are totally clean and controlled by me. I can use all bulk organic spices from Thrive Market (use this link for 25% off your first purchase) or even stock up on individual spices from my local dollar store. Either way, I’m saving big money compared to the pre-made spice mixes.
I especially love the convenience of having pre-mixed blends on hand. It saves a ton of time and hassle measuring out individual spices for each recipe. It also encourages creative ways for spicing up generic foods like chicken or roasted veggies. I can easily create a different flavor profile based on what sounds good or what else I’m cooking.
Each of these homemade seasoning recipes makes approximately 7-8 Tablespoons of mix and can easily be reduced, doubled, or tripled. Make all nine or just a few of your favorites! I often replenish my stock on meal prep day based on what I’m planning for the week’s menu.
This is also a great project for kids! Set them up with bowls, measuring spoons, and spices and put their mixing and math skills to work. Add labels as desired, with cute ribbons, and you have a great homemade gift.
How to Make Homemade Spice Mixes
Decide which spice blends you want to make and how much (regular/double recipe, etc.)
Gather up some containers for storing. Mason jars in different sizes are my favorite!
Mix and store in containers. Label your spice blends.
How Long to Store Homemade Seasoning Mixes
Most pantry spices are good for at least six months and up to one year if stored in a cool, dry place. For these homemade spice mixes, be sure to choose a storage container with an air-tight seal for maintaining maximum freshness.
How Much Spice Mix Should I Use Per Pound of Meat?
I’m often asked this question, and the answer is it’s up to you! Every recipe will be different, but I typically use 1-2 tablespoons of spice mix per 1 lb of meat, and then season to taste. For example, I use up to 3 tablespoons of chili seasoning mix in a pot of chili made with 1 lb of ground beef because I like a robust and flavorful chili. You may want to start with less and taste as you go, adding more if needed.
How to Use Homemade Spice Mixes
Use in any recipes calling for a specific seasoning blend, like these 8 Easy Healthy Chicken Marinade Recipes.
Spices will settle and sometimes clump slightly. Just give the mix a stir each time you use it to refresh the mix.
Here are a few suggestions on how to use your homemade seasoning blends:
Cajun Blend – on burgers, pork, salmon, chicken, and Cajun Sausage & Veggie Kabobs
Chili Blend – in soups/chili, on ground beef, sloppy joes, Whole30 Crockpot Chili
Jerk Blend – excellent on grilled pork, chicken, steak, and fish
Mediterranean Blend – on seafood, chicken, roasted veggies, and Garlic Herb Salmon Foil Packets with Potatoes
No Salt All Purpose Blend (my personal favorite, I use it on everything!) – roasted potatoes, veggies, scrambles, burgers, marinades, and Chicken Zucchini Poppers
Ranch Blend – in a dip, on roasted potatoes, homemade Ranch dressing, and Sheet Pan Roasted Ranch Veggies
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend – muffins, pies, baked goods, oatmeal, and Pumpkin Applesauce Blender Muffins
Italian Blend – tomato sauce, on fish or chicken, in a marinade, and Sheet Pan Summer Shrimp & Veggies
Taco & Fajita Blend – tacos, fajitas, soup, chili, grilled chicken, kabobs, or Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Pepper Soup
More Homemade Spice Mix Recipes
Did you try any of these recipes? If you love them too, please share your rating and review below!
Homemade Seasoning Blends
Cajun Seasoning Blend
Chili Seasoning Blend
Jerk Seasoning Blend
Mediterranean Seasoning Blend
Salt Free All Purpose Seasoning Blend
Ranch Seasoning Blend
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Italian Seasoning Blend
- For each seasoning blend, combine all ingredients together and mix well. Store in air tight container and stir before using.
- Optional: For Jerk and Italian Seasoning Blends, place ingredients in a small food processor and process until finely ground. Store in an air tight container.
*this post contains affiliate links
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Read my full disclosure here