5 Easy Homemade Spice Mixes To Save You Money

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You can make these 5 easy homemade spice mixes quicker than running to the store. It’s all about saving money, right? I have made these spice mixes for years because I don’t want to purchase those expensive packages to make my tacos, chili, salad dressing, onion soup mix, and Sloppy Joe mix.

I’m a chip and dip person, so I love having some onion soup mix ready to make one of my favorite dips at the last minute. I typically always have some one-pound packages of ground beef in the freezer to make chili, tacos, and Sloppy Joes. I bet you can picture those simmering right now!

5 Easy Homemade Spice Mixes

1. Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pint size mason jar. When ready to use sprinkle two tablespoons over one-pound ground beef and cook until meat is thoroughly cooked. Serve with taco shells, grated cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and your favorite salsa. Place a dollop of sour cream on top of each taco.

2. Chili Seasoning Mix

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Chili Seasoning Spice Mixes
Chili Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 8 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 8 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 8 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a pint size mason jar. Brown one pound of ground beef, add one chopped onion, 2 (14-16-ounce) cans of beans, 2 (16-ounces) cans of diced tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons of chili seasoning mix. Simmer until thoroughly cooked. Sprinkle with grated cheese, a sprig of Cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

3. Onion Soup Mix

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Onion Soup Spice Mixes
Onion Soup Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 2/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup onion powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a mason pint size jar. Add four tablespoons to one cup sour cream. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Place in the refrigerator for approximately one hour. This onion soup mix can be used in recipes calling for one package of onion soup mix. One package soup mix equals four tablespoons of onion soup mix.

4. Sloppy Joe Mix

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Sloppy Joe Spice Mixes
Sloppy Joe Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 8 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 8 Tablespoons paprika
  • 8 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 8 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 8 teaspoons salt
  • 8 teaspoons pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a pint size mason jar. When ready to make a batch of sloppy joes, brown one-pound hamburger. Add 1/2 cup of the Sloppy Joe mix, 0ne tablespoon mustard, and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Add two tablespoons white vinegar, one six-ounce can tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until thoroughly cooked. Serve over hamburger buns.

5. Ranch Salad Dressing

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Ranch Dressing Spice Mixes
Ranch Salad Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons  garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet basil
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley flakes
  • teaspoon  salt
  • teaspoon  pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a pint size mason jar. When ready to make your salad dressing combine three tablespoons dressing mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup buttermilk. You can serve this as a salad dressing or a dip for fresh vegetables.

If you have some pint size jars you can make these spice mixes today. I love knowing I can make these handmade spice mixes whenever I want to, and I’ll know what is in each jar. Thanks for being frugal and prepping so your family can survive almost any circumstance that may come your way. May God bless this world.

Copyright pictures:

Taco Seasoning: AdobeStock_159392570 by Charlotte Lake

Chili: AdobeStock_27258629 by Ms Photographic

Onion Soup/Dip Mix: AdobeStock_77682181 by Bert Folsom

Sloppy Joes: AdobeStock_31625932 by JJava

Ranch Dressing: AdobeStock_16380556 by Elenathewise

Spices: AdobeStock_186603089 by Fernec

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8 thoughts on “5 Easy Homemade Spice Mixes To Save You Money

  • September 21, 2018 at 8:12 am
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    Hey, Linda,
    In your recipe for Taco Seasoning, it says 1 garlic powder. One what of garlic powder? LOL!!! Love your recipes. Especially the Ranch Dressing since it has no MSG like the commercial stuff. I am violently allergic to MSG.

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    • September 21, 2018 at 11:44 am
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      Hi Harry, oh I’m so glad you told me this about the garlic powder!!!! It’s one teaspoon of garlic powder!! You are so nice to let me know!!! It’s fixed now! Happy Friday!! Linda

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  • September 21, 2018 at 11:56 am
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    Linda ~ Thanks for the recipes. I see Christmas gifts in the making!!

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    • September 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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      Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, what a great idea!!! I am going to do this for my neighbors!! Love it! Linda

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  • September 21, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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    About how long do you think the ranch salad dressing would be good for once prepared?

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    • September 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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      Hi Melissa. I only make enough for a week because it does not have any preservatives. I’m one of those chicks that feels “when in doubt throw it out.” I have to have a really fresh salad dressing. It’s so yummy! Linda

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  • September 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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    Thank you for homemade spice recipes. I have so many spices, yet never knew how to combine them to make the mixes you did. I use a lot of poultry seasoning…any suggestion for that, especially if I am out?

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    • September 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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      Hi Marcia, This is the recipe I have: 2 teaspoons ground sage, 1 1⁄2 teaspoon ground thyme, 1 teaspoon ground marjoram,3⁄4 teaspoon ground rosemary, 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1⁄2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper. Combine the ingredients in a small mason jar. Enjoy! Linda

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