13 Copycat Spice Blends

It's time to learn how to make taco seasoning at home. And as long as you're getting your DIY on, why not make yourself even more go-to homemade spice blends?

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Variety of spices and herbs on kitchen table.
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Hey, smart spender! All those packets you’re using on Taco Tuesdays really add up. Why not make your own? You’ll save money and time (no more last-minute trips to the store). Plus, you can adjust the flavors to your family’s tastes. Grab a few empty spice jars—make sure they’re dry!—and have fun mixing. Keep these amazing homemade spice blends on hand to help you make every day delicious.

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homemade pumpkin pie spice
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1. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Capture in pies, cookies, beverages and more.

4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months. Yield: about 2-1/2 Tbsp.

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A small pile of taco seasoning isolated on a white background.
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2. Taco Seasoning

It’s the hero of Taco Tuesdays everywhere.

1/4 cup chili powder
3 Tbsp. dried minced onion
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2-1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. each dried oregano and ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground coriander

To use, add 1/4 cup mix and 3/4 cup water to 1 lb. cooked, drained ground meat. Boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Yield: about 1 cup

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Salt-free herb blend
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3. Salt-Free Herb Blend

A sprinkle of this Mrs. Dash copycat really perks up poultry, meat and vegetables.

4 tsp. sesame seeds
2 tsp. each celery seed, dried marjoram, poppy seeds and coarsely ground pepper
1-1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. each onion powder and dried thyme
1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and paprika

Store in an airtight container up to 6 months. Yield: 1/3 cup

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Creole Seasoning
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6. Creole Seasoning

Add a little heat to classic Southern recipes like chicken, seafood, beef and veggies.

2 Tbsp. plus 1-1/2 tsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. each salt, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, cayenne pepper and pepper

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 1/2 cup

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Homemade Cajun Seasoning
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7. Cajun Seasoning

We love this on Bayou staples like pork, chicken, seafood, steaks or vegetables. Try it on these Cajun recipes to make with the Holy Trinity.

1 carton (26 ounces) salt
2 oz. cayenne pepper
1/3 cup pepper
1/3 cup chili powder
3 Tbsp. garlic powder

Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups

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Ingredients for Chinese five spice with ramekins and a pestle and mortar on a wooden board
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8. Chinese Five Spice

Grab this to add deep warmth to Asian-inspired dishes.

2 Tbsp. aniseed
2 Tbsp. fennel seed
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. whole cloves
2 Tbsp. whole peppercorns

Grind with a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle until mixture becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Yield: about 1/2 cup

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Seasoned salt isolated on white background
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4. Seasoned Salt

Delish on turkey sandwiches, meatballs, roasted potatoes, fish—you name it!

1/3 cup salt
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp. celery seed
1-1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. ground mustard

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: about 1/2 cup

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Pile of oregano seasoning isolated
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5. Italian Seasoning

The go-to spice for pasta sauce, burgers, soups, salad dressings and much more. A pantry staple for sure.

6 Tbsp. dried basil
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. dried marjoram
1 Tbsp. dried thyme

Yield: 10 Tbsp.

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Provence herbs spice isolated on the white background
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9. Greek Seasoning

Make your meals taste like they’re straight from the Mediterranean.

1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. each dried mint and thyme
1/2 tsp. each dried minced onion, basil and marjoram
1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 2 Tbsp.

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Heap of curry.
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10. Curry Powder

Always be prepared for Indian or Thai Night.

Seeds from 3 cardamom pods, ground
2 tsp. each ground coriander and cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. each chili powder and pepper
1/8 tsp. fennel seed

Grind until mixture becomes a powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 year. Yield: 2 Tbsp.

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A portion of dry mesquite marinade ingredients isolated on a white background.
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11. Tex-Mex Seasoning

Keep this handy for all of your favorite Southwestern dishes.

2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
4 tsp. dried minced onion
4 tsp. chili powder
3 tsp. dried minced chives
3 tsp. ground cumin

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: about 6 Tbsp.

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Moroccan Spice Blend
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12. Moroccan Spice Blend

Add a big pinch to stews, roasted veggies, chicken and other Moroccan-inspired recipes.

2 tsp. each ground ginger, nutmeg and salt
1-1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1-1/2 tsp. each ground pepper, mace and cardamom
1 tsp. each ground cinnamon and turmeric
1/8 tsp. saffron threads or 1/2 tsp. additional turmeric

Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 1/4 cup

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Indian spice mix
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13. Garam Masala

Give rich warmth to dishes like classic tikka masala with this magical garam masala blend.

4 tsp. ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp. each ground coriander, cardamom and pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. each ground nutmeg and dried chili flakes

Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 Tbsp.

Next, take a look at these other recipes using garam masala.

Kristin Sutter
A big fan of homegrown cooking, Kristin has been a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has mastered the art of learning from her inexpert riffs on other people's truly good recipes.