The title of this post should be “Never buy those tiny expensive packs of dry seasonings with questionable ingredients ever again!” But, alas, it is too cumbersome.
I want to show you just how simple it is to make your own dry seasoning, for a fraction of the cost, without any preservatives or anything unpronounceable. You’ll slap yourself in the head and ask, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” Doh.
At my house we have a weekly Taco Night. Or Tostado Night. Or Enchilada Night. We love Mexican food and use the same seasoning mix for everything. I think you will too.
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin (I probably add more)
2-3 tablespoons garlic powder (we like ours extra garlicky)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt
Just mix together and store in a dry place. You can use a canning jar or reuse a jar with a shaker lid. I double the recipe cuz I use this stuff A LOT!
This next recipe is great added to ground beef when making meatloaf or meatballs. I also sprinkle it on chicken or pork chops before baking. I haven’t actually made soup with it though. Hmmm, perhaps I should change the name?!!?
Dry Onion Soup Mix
2/3 cup dried minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt (I have omitted this in the past when I didn’t have any on hand. It still tastes good.)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper.
Again, just mix together and store in a dry place. 4 Tablespoons roughly equals a packet of the store bought soup mix.
My husband loves spicy food and this recipe delivers, but not in an over-the-top way. Depending on how thick you sprinkle it you can have a mild kick at the end of each bite or a “Slap ya naked and hide your clothes.”* kind of way. (*A quote from a late, great friend of mine from Mississippi.) Use on meat, chicken, fish, scrambled eggs, vegetables and even popcorn!
2-1/2 Tablespoon paprika (try smoked paprika for a little extra flavor)
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1-1/2 Tablespoon salt (You’ll want to experiment to get the salt level that works for you. Try only 1 T to start if you aren’t a big fan of salt)
1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon dried thyme (or sage if you don’t have thyme)
1 teaspoon celery salt (can be omitted)
There you go! Three amazing dry seasonings that you will want to use every week. Most of the ingredients you should already have in your cupboard. If you grow your own herbs it is easy to dry them and crush them yourself to add to the How Amazing Am I! factor.