Homemade spice blends can add wonderful flavor to your weeknight suppers, save you money, and will have lower sodium content than what you buy in the store. You can use them in soups, stir-fries, and so much more.

Making your own spices at home is really very simple. I know it’s very easy to just grab a little jar or packet from the grocery store, but the thing about making them from scratch is that you will know exactly what is going into your spice blend. All you have to do is measure and blend together and you can use them over and over again.

How to make spice blends at home

I will provide full instructions for each of the spice blends below, but here are a few instructions to follow to make the blends at home.

  • Gather all of your ingredients, including the herbs and spices.
  • Measure each ingredient out.
  • Mix everything together, being careful not to let any moisture in.
  • Pour the mixture into your own spice jar.

Spice Blend tips and suggestions

  • Spices have expiration dates, so before you start, it’s always best to check the freshness and expiration dates because they start to lose their flavor. If there is outdated, it’s good to start with fresh spices.
  • With home-made spice blends, they will be stored in the pantry for a year. So don’t make it in large batches. I use it quite frequently.
  • I like to spend a little bit extra on my spice jars and label each jar with a nice label
  • Using a mini funnel to pour your spices into your little jars makes life just a little bit easier. You don’t have to use a funnel, but it makes it a little less messy.
  • I like to keep my spice cabinet stocked so that I can easily make any spice mix I might need. I will give you a list below of spices you might need. The list seems really long, I know this! But you probably already have quite a few of them in your pantry, and if you don’t, they are pretty expensive at your local grocery store or bulk store.

Spices to stock your pantry

Some of the spice blends will include salt, but if you want your blend to be low sodium or salt free, you can modify it to your preference.

Recipes for the Spice Blends

Taco Seasoning

Ingredients you will need

  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Crushed red pepper – optional
Taco spice seasoning mix
Taco spice seasoning mix

Fajita Seasoning

Ingredients you will need

  • Chili powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
Fajita Seasoning
Fajita Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

Ingredients you will need

This blend of spices is good for Cajun-inspired recipes, which can be used in seafood, chicken, vegetables, and soups.

  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
Cajun Seasoning Spilled from a Teaspoon
Cajun Seasoning Spilled from a Teaspoon

Mediterranean Seasoning

Ingredients you will need

Use this spice mix when seasoning chicken, veggies, fish, and steak. You can also use them in savoury baked goods, tomato sauce, or vegetable or chicken soup.

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Minced onion
  • Parsley
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Paprika

Italian Seasoning

This is great for not just Italian pasta dishes but chicken and beef, too.

Ingredients you will need

  • Marjoram
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Sage
Italian seasoning

Pork Seasoning Blend

This blend is the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and smoky with just a little kick of spice at the end for any pork dish.

Ingredients you will need

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper
pork seasoning rubbed on large piece of pork
pork seasoning rubbed on large piece of pork

Beef Seasoning blend

I like to use this as a steak rub. It’s delicious on burgers and roasts too.

Ingredients you will need

  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
beef seasoning rubbed on steak
beef seasoning rubbed on steak

Poultry Seasoning Blend

The perfect blend of spices to add to any chicken or turkey dish or to your favorite soup or stuffing.

Ingredients you will need

  • Ground Sage
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Nutmeg
  • White Pepper
poultry seasoning
poultry seasoning

Jerk Seasoning Blend

This Caribbean jerk seasoning has a bit of spicy kick to it but I like to sprinkle it on meat or vegetables.

Ingredients you will need

  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Thyme
  • Allspice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Red pepper flakes
Jerk Seasoning Spilled from a Spice Jar
Jerk Seasoning Spilled from a Spice Jar

Fall Spice Blend

This is a must-have for fall baking. I find myself putting it into everything from desserts, hot chocolate, apple pie, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

Ingredients you will need

  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Cloves
Homemade pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar with ingredients
Homemade pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar with ingredients

The 10 Best Spice Blends

Homemade spice blends can add wonderful flavour to your weeknight suppers, save you money, and will have lower sodium content than what you buy in the store. You can use them in soups, stir-fries, and so much more.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Flavorings
Cuisine American, jamaican, Mediterranean, Mexican

Ingredients
  

Taco Seasoning

  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Cajun Seasoning

  • 2-1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme

Mediterranean Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp basil
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp black pepper

Italian Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp marjoram
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp savory
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder

Pork Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Beef Seasoning

  • 1-1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional if you want a little spice

Poultry Seasoning

  • 4 tsp ground sage
  • 3 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp ground marjoram
  • 2 tsp ground rosemary
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pepper

Jerk Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Fall Seasoning

  • 4 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cloves

Instructions
 

  • Stir all the ingredients together and pour into an air-tight container or glass spice jars with your labels
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