How to Make Homemade Seasonings

It’s very easy to make your own homemade seasonings with spices you already have in your pantry. No skill required!

st hubert bbq sauce seasoning

If you often use seasonings when cooking you know the cost can really add up over time. So why not make your own homemade seasonings and save a bit of money.

Besides preservatives and some additives, most commercially available seasonings contain spices that we already have in our pantry.

spices in a bowl

Taco seasoning is most often used to season beef or turkey when making tacos. If you’ve never used Taco Seasoning before, you don’t know what you are missing. Simple to make and you only need a handful of spices.

taco seasoning
QtyIngredient
2 TbspChili Powder
1 1/2 TspPaprika
2 TspGround Cumin
1/2 TspOnion Powder
1/2 TspGarlic Powder
1/2 TspCayenne
2 TspSalt
1/2 TspGround Black Pepper
1/4 TspDried Oregano
Ingredients for Taco Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the taco seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Some of my favorite recipes that use Taco Seasoning are my Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, Corn Burritos with Red Sauce and my Easy Beef Tostadas.

While very similar to Taco Seasoning, Fajita Seasoning is usually less spicy and contains less chili powder. I love to use this seasoning when I make Chicken Fajitas.

fajita rub
QtyIngredient
1 TspChili Powder
2 TspPaprika
2 TspGround Cumin
1 TspOnion Powder
2 TspGarlic Powder
1/2 TspCayenne
1/2 TspKosher Salt
1/2 TspGround Black Pepper
1 TspWhite Sugar
Ingredients for Fajita Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the fajita seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Pumpkin Pie Spice is often used to make those delicious desserts during the fall. Sure you can buy it at your local grocery store but why not make it at home for pennies on the dollar?

pumpkin pie spice blend
QtyIngredient
3 TbspGround Cinnamon
2 TspGround Ginger
2 TspGround Nutmeg
1 TspAllspice
1 TspGround Cloves
Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Spice

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Pumpkin Spice ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

With this awesome seasoning, you can make my Pumpkin Pie Mousse Dip and my Bourbon Spiced Pumpkin Pie.

If you cook a lot of Italian food you know how important it is to have Italian Seasoning on hand. Save yourself a few bucks and make your own at home.

italian seasoning
QtyIngredient
4 TbspBasil
1/2 TbspOnion Powder
1 TbspGarlic Powder
2 TbspRosemary
1 TspSage
1 TspMarjoram
2 TbspDried Oregano
2 TbspThyme
Ingredients for Italian Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Italian Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Some of my favorite recipes that call for Italian Seasonings are my Italian Style Mac and Cheese and my BBQ Chicken Stromboli. Super easy to make and delicious!

I use Old Bay Seasoning when I make my Dill Pickle Soup. I know it sounds like a weird recipe but everyone that I have served it to absolutely loves it! This is one soup recipe you need to try.

old bay seasoning
QtyIngredient
1 TbspPaprika
1 TspOnion Powder
1 TspGarlic Powder
1 TspCayenne
2 TbspCelery Salt
1 TspGround Black Pepper
1/4 TspMustard Seed
1/8 TspGinger
1/8 TspAllspice
1/8 TspGround Nutmeg
3Ground Bay Leaves
Ingredients for Old Bay Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Old Bay Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

I don’t use Cajun Seasoning very often but I really should. One of my favorite recipes to make with Cajun Seasoning is my Confetti Salmon Steaks recipe. I also think it would be great in a Mac & Cheese so will have to try that pretty soon since I love a good Mac & Cheese.

cajun seasoning
QtyIngredient
2 1/2 TbspPaprika
1 TbspOnion Powder
2 TbspGarlic Powder
1 TbspCayenne
2 TbspSalt
1 TbspGround Black Pepper
1 TbspOregano
1 TbspThyme
Ingredients for Cajun Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Cajun Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Probably one of my favorite pieces of meat to grill or smoke is Tri-Tip. Popular on the West Coast, you can often buy it Santa Maria style which is tri-tip marinated in a sauce and spices. Personally I like to buy my tri-tip unseasoned and use this seasoning.

tri-tip seasoning
Tri-Tip Seasoning
QtyIngredient
1/4 CupBrown Sugar
1 TbspKosher Salt
1/2 TbspGround Black Pepper
1/2 TbspGarlic Powder
1 TspGround Cloves
1 TspGround Ginger
Ingredients for Tri-Tip Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Tri-Tip Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

When using a dry rub or seasoning like this, it’s important to use a binder to help the seasoning “stick” to the meat. I often use yellow mustard as the binder and sometimes add a little horseradish for a little kick. If you are looking for a good rub for smoking your tri-tip, this recipe is for you!

QtyIngredient
6 TbspSea Salt
3 TbspGround Black Pepper
2 TbspGarlic Powder
2 TbspGround Bay Leaves
1 TbspPaprika
2 TbspGround Dry Mustard

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all the Poultry Seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

As with any homemade seasoning, you will want to store them in an airtight container for maximum shelf life.

seasoning for lentil tacos
Seasoning for Lentil Tacos

In addition to these homemade seasonings, we also have an assortment of dry rubs like our Cowboy Dry Rub for Beef, Easy Steak Seasoning and our Chili Dry Rub for Pork Ribs.

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italian seasoning

Homemade Seasonings

Save money by making your own homemade seasonings. Super easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course Dry Rubs
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 84 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ Tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Tsp Dried Oregano
Fajita Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp White Sugar
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Cloves
Italian Seasoning
  • 4 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • ½ Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Dried Sage
  • 1 Tsp Dried Marjoram
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Thyme
Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Celery Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Tsp Ground Ginger
  • Tsp Ground Allspice
  • Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 Ground Bay Leaves
Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 ½ Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Thyme
Tri-Tip Seasoning
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
Poultry Seasoning
  • 6 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Dry Mustard

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the ingredients for any given homemade seasoning in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • Store the seasoning in an airtight container for maximum shelf life.

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Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4924mgPotassium: 520mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 6703IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 7mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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