bags of bulk spices on an old kitchen scale

With the increased availability of bulk foods and spices at much less than packaged prices, it makes sense to take advantage of as many as possible.  One great way to use the spices is to create your own spice mixes. This way, you can modify the salt and eliminate many preservatives.
Here are 3 of my favorites:

Taco Seasoning Mix:

The recipe makes about one ounce. I usually multiply the recipe by 8 and keep it in a jar so that I always have some ready for tacos, taco salad or other Mexican dises.

1 T chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

Mix everything in a small bowl and store in an airtight container.  Use 3 tablespoons per pound of meat.


Emeril’s Essence

This is a good spice mix for chicken marsala and you’ll find it used in other Emeril recipes. This recipe makes 2 1/4 cups of spice mix.

8 tablespoons paprika

3 tablespoons cayenne

5 tablespoons ground black pepper,

6 tablespoons garlic powder

3 tablespoons onion powder

6 tablespoons salt (or can use 1 T of Kosher salt)

2 12tablespoons dried oregano

2 12tablespoons dried thyme

 Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Store in an airtight container.
Montreal Steak Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons Kosher or sea salt (I only use 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon black pepper
4 teaspoons dill weed
4 teaspoons paprika
teaspoons  garlic powder
4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons ground coriander

Mix all together and store in an airtight container

I’ll post more later but if you have any favorite spice mixes that you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d love to hear!


Do you feel like you need to hit the REFRESH button on your life? Download our free guide and begin to create your best life yet!