Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade Seasonings

Save money in the kitchen with these homemade spice mixes from Living On A Dime!


Save Money With Homemade Seasonings
by Tawra Kellam

Seasoned Salt
I use this one in almost every meal I cook. It saves so much time having everything in one shaker!
8 Tbsp. salt
3 Tbsp. pepper
1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Taco Seasoning
6 tsp. chili powder
4 1/2 tsp. cumin
5 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. oregano
3 tsp. onion powder
2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. One teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning equals 2 teaspoons store-bought.

Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup dried basil
2 Tbsp. dried marjoram
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. dried coriander
2 Tbsp. dried thyme
2 Tbsp. dried rosemary
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. sugar
Combine all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.

Cajun Seasoning
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
3/4 tsp. white pepper
3/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme leaves, dried
1/2 tsp. oregano, dried
Combine ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

Fajita Seasoning
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 1/2 -3 tsp. chili powder (vary according to how spicy you like it)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin

All Purpose Seasoning
3 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. celery salt
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.Use on hamburgers, steak, chicken, fish and vegetables.

Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit , sign up for our free Living On A Dime Newsletter and learn to save more!


  1. Thank you! I have been wanting to make my own seasonings for a while now. I have pinned this so I can easily refer to it :)

  2. Tose seasoning mixes sound a great idea.