Homemade Seasoning Mixes

One of my favorite DIY projects is to make my own seasoning mixes. We often use taco seasoning or cajun seasoning in recipes, and it is much cheaper to create my own (and has much less preservatives than the pre-packaged kind)!

My favorite place to buy basic spices is Aldi. They have a $1 section of spices and I think the quality is still great! When completed, I feel that these spice mixes taste even better than the pre-packaged ones with more flavor and less of a salty taste. When I have completed my mixes, I put them in a quart mason jar with a tight lid. They last for months and months!

Here is a basic recipe below. I multiply it times 8 or 10 in order to get a pretty decent sized jar full. When it’s time to use it in a recipe, I start with about a tablespoon and then add it to taste.

For the taco seasoning, I use it in tacos, of course. But we also love to bake a Taco Ring and make Weight Watchers Fiesta Chicken in the Instant Pot. I’ll share these recipes soon! For the cajun seasoning mix, our favorite is to sprinkle it over chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, and vegetables for a Cajun skillet.

Let me know what you think!

Taco Seasoning:

  • 4 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 TBSP cumin
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Cajun Seasoning:

  • 1 TBSP cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBSP onion powder
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP black pepper

Just add your spices, shake, and store in an airtight container!

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