The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes


Part 5 of the Series on
DIY Holiday Gift Giving from the Kitchen


Caricature1Almost any pre-packaged seasoning mix can be made at home for a 10th of the price you are paying for those McCormick-style packets in your grocery store. It will taste better too.

WHAT IF you could have the convenience of a packaged seasoning mix WITHOUT the preservatives, salt, sugar, chemicals, and flavors that you don’t like in it? What if you could take that flavor and give it to your friends and family too? With a little organization, some tightly sealed jars, and labeling equipment you can have a pantry full of fabulous mixes in no time. It’s also wonderful to have recipes for seasoning blends that may be difficult to find in some parts of the world.

These packaged seasoning recipe mixes are convenient, delicious, and the perfect blend of seasonings you can pull out of your cupboard just as you would those packaged mixes from the grocery store. BUT these will be your own ingredients, your own blends, and your own special flours, herbs, and spices, etc. You will KNOW exactly what is in them and be able to plan any dietary changes you need and want. And better yet, NO chemicals or preservatives!

Giving these as gifts to your family and friends will get you the “Lifesaver” award every time they pull them out of the cupboard to use, saving them time and effort in fixing a quick meal. With all these things going for homemade seasoning packages, how could you resist spending less than a half hour mixing up a pantry-full of these time-saving goodies?

Homemade Dry Mix Seasoning Recipes

Onion Soup Seasoning Mix

1/2 cup dried onion flakes or dehydrated onion pieces
1/2 cup salt-free beef broth powder or granules
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric (optional but adds great flavor)

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.

To use soup mix:

  • Soup:  Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of beef stock to make French onion soup (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized for extra flavor.
  • Mix for cooking: 1/4 cup = 1 package of commercial soup mix. Excellent on roasts and as the seasoning for the meat in Sheppard/Cottage Pie.
  • Dip: 1/4 cup mix + 2 cups sour cream, creamed cheese, or Greek yogurt.
  • Golden Onion Soup Mix: Replace the beef broth powder with chicken broth powder.

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Buffalo Wing Seasoning Mix

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Buffalo Wing Seasoning Mix

1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly making sure to fully incorporate spices into the brown sugar until it is no longer clumped.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.

To prepare chicken wings:

  1. Evenly coat each chicken wing with vegetable oil.
  2. Generously coat each piece of chicken with the seasoning evenly.
  3. Bake or grill wings. For more intense flavor, halfway through cooking sprinkle the wings again with seasoning blend.

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Spaghetti Seasoning Mix

Spaghetti Seasoning Mix

Spaghetti Seasoning Mix

1 tablespoon instant minced onion
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1-1/2  teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
1 teaspoon green pepper flakes
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon instant minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.
  3. Makes about 1/3 cup of mix (1 package).

To make Spaghetti Sauce:

  1. Boil your pasta and drain, don’t rinse.
  2. Brown one pound of lean ground beef in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add three 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce, one 6 ounce can of tomato paste, 2 3/4 cups of tomato juice or water, and the above seasoning mix.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix

Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix

Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix

2 teaspoons dried mustard
2 teaspoons paprika
1-1⁄2 teaspoons basil
1-1⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.
  3. This amount equals one package of seasoning mix.

To make Meatloaf:

1 package Meat Loaf Seasoning Mix
2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup

  1. Mix Seasoning Mix, ground beef or turkey, eggs, milk and bread crumbs in large bowl.
  2. Shape into a loaf. Place loaf in a shallow baking pan or 9×5-inch loaf pan. Spread ketchup over top of loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 1 hour or until cooked through.

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Fajita Seasoning Mix

Fajita Seasoning Mix

Fajita Seasoning Mix

3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons crushed no-salt chicken bouillon cube or granules
1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.
  3. Makes the equivalent of 3 packets of commercial Fajita Seasoning Mix.

To make Fajitas:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch strips
OR 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak, cut into 1/2-inch strips
OR 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1 medium onion, cut into thin strips
1 medium bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Fajita Seasoning Mix
8 flour tortillas (6-inch)
Assorted toppings, such as salsa, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese and chopped tomatoes

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat; cook and stir 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from skillet.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and bell pepper; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Return meat to skillet. Stir in water and Seasoning Mix. Cook 3 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
  4. Spoon meat mixture into warm tortillas. Serve with assorted toppings, if desired.

NOTE: This is a fairly mild mix, so if you like your Tex Mex food hot and spicy, add more chili powder, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. You could also increase the amount of onion and garlic powder used.

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Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

6 teaspoons chili powder
5 teaspoons paprika
4-1/2 teaspoons cumin
3 teaspoons onion powder
2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.
  3. Seven teaspoons of mix equal a 1.25 ounce pkg. of purchased taco-seasoning mix.

To make Tacos:

1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
12 taco shells
Assorted toppings such as shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and shredded cheese or try chopped avocado, sour cream, or chopped fresh cilantro.

  1. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in Seasoning Mix and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Spoon into warmed taco shells. Serve with assorted toppings.

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Chili Seasoning Mix

Chili Seasoning Mix

1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*If you want this mild, decrease pepper flakes to 1 teaspoon

  1. In a small bowl, add together all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pour into an airtight container to store. If you keep this blend out of heat, light, and away  from dampness, and it will last for 6 months to 1 year.
  3. Use 2 tablespoons per pound of meat. Add more or less to taste.

To make Chili:

1 pound ground meat of choice
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons seasoning mix
1 can drained/rinsed beans (or about 6-8 oz dry beans, cooked)
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes OR 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies)
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
Any other vegetable additions you desire

  1. Brown meat and onions.
  2. Drain off fat and add seasoning mix. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently so as not to burn the seasonings.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and cook through at medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  4. If you’d like to thicken your chili, use refried beans. Use 1/4 cup at a time until it’s as thick as you’d like it. You can also use bean powder, 2 tablespoons at a time, to thicken.

Download Free Printable Labels for you own containers here: Dry Mix Seasoning Blend (labels).

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If you missed any of the previous parts of this series, they can be found here:
Part 1, Popular Herb/Spice Blend Recipes
Part 2, The REAL Stars of Movie Night—Popcorn Seasoning Blends
Part 3, Gifts from the Sea—Flavored Salt Blends
Part 4, Dry Rub Seasonings, the Ultimate “Man Food”

2 thoughts on “The Awesome Flavor of Homemade Dry Seasoning Mixes

  1. Karen says:

    Interested in seeing and learning from you and your group….

    1. cebohrer46@yahoo.com says:

      Welcome Karen !!!

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