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9 Popular Seasoning Blends to DIY, Plus 4 to Buy, and Why

Is it worth making your own seasoning blends? Some spice mixes are better homemade, but some are better store-bought. Let’s see what seasoning blends you should DIY and which ones you should just buy at a store.
9 Popular Seasoning Blends to DIY, Plus 4 to Buy, and Why
9 Popular Seasoning Blends to DIY, Plus 4 to Buy, and Why
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There's nothing like the satisfaction of creating something from scratch. And when it comes to seasoning blends, there's no need to buy them all premade. With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily mix up your own custom blend that will perfectly suit your taste preferences. Knowing your spices and seasoning blends is the key to becoming a better cook.

Plus, making your own seasoning blends is a great way to save money. So if you were wondering if you should make spice mixes yourself, read on for nine popular blends to DIY (recipes included), plus five to buy pre-made.

These nine popular mixes are worth DIYing for a few reasons:


  • They all use basic spices you most probably already have at home;

  • Buying basic spices and making seasoning blends is much more cost-effective than purchasing the mix;

  • It is easy to adjust the level of spice to your liking;

  • You can get creative with spice jars and add more personality to your kitchen;

1. Homemade Blackened Seasoning

This blackened seasoning mix is perfect for seafood, but it’ll work magic with pork chops, steaks, or even tofu! Anything that needs to be seared will be great with blackened seasoning.

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Blackened Seasoning

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With just nine simple spices, you can make your blackened seasoning mix at home that tastes better than anything you'll find in a store.

2. Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Chicken is one of the most popular go-to proteins in the US. And if you like chicken (or any kind of poultry), this is the seasoning mix you should have on hand at all times.

It’s a 7-ingredient blend that will make your poultry taste amazing. You can use it on everything from fried chicken to roasted turkey. And best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to mix up and store in an airtight container for later use.

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All-Purpose Poultry Seasoning

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This homemade blend tastes better than anything you could buy at the grocery store because it’s made with fresh ingredients like dried sage, thyme, rosemary, and more. There is no preservatives or additives – just pure flavor goodness. Once you try this recipe out yourself, we know that you won’t be able to go back to using pre-made seasonings again!

3. Homemade Taco Seasoning

We all love taco seasoning. Unfortunately, those little packets are often loaded with sodium. If you are watching your sodium intake but don't want to give up the flavorful taco seasoning mix, just use our recipe and make it yourself.

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Taco Seasoning

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And now you never need to worry about running out of taco seasoning for some impromptu Tex-Mex. Just make a big batch, and it will keep for months. Don’t just limit yourself to ground beef either; taco seasoning is excellent on chicken, too!

4. Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

This Homemade Old Bay Seasoning recipe is the real deal – much better than anything you can buy in a store. It's perfect for adding flavor to seafood, chicken, and even fries.

5. Homemade Adobo Seasoning

This seasoning is the perfect way to add some zing to your Latin cuisine! Whether you’re using it as a dry rub or the base of a marinade, this adobo seasoning is sure to give your food some extra flavor. Just like abuela used to make, adobo seasoning will give your food an irresistible taste.

6. Homemade Italian Seasoning

Add a delicious homemade Italian flair to all of your dishes with this easy-to-use seasoning recipe. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a flavorful and aromatic masterpiece that will have everyone asking for seconds. Whether you're cooking up a storm for family dinner or just want to punch up a store-bought pasta sauce, this Italian seasoning should be your go-to.

7. Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Who doesn't love cajun food? It's spicy, flavorful, and downright delicious. With this Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe, you can add those classic southern flavors to anything you cook up. Whether you're making jambalaya, gumbo, or just want a little spice in your life, this seasoning mix is perfect for you.

What’s great about making your own cajun seasoning is that you can adjust the heat level to your liking - spice fiends can double up on cayenne, and people sensitive to spice can omit it altogether.

8. Homemade Jerk Seasoning

This Homemade Jerk Seasoning recipe is perfect for when you want to take your meals up a notch! With its delicious and unique Caribbean flavor, this seasoning is sure to spice things up in the kitchen. It is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, perfect for boosting your dishes with a combination of spices like cinnamon and allspice.

9. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Who said that pumpkin pie spice is only for fall? This easy mix of spices is just what you need to add some deliciousness to all your favorite treats. With just six simple ingredients, you can have your custom spice mix that's perfect for all your pumpkin-spice-flavored goodies. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying a pre-made blend.

Seasoning Blends You Are Better Off Buying

Some Seasoning blends are too complex and contain too many ingredients that are not too easy to get, and even when you find those, the results can be inconsistent.

In that case, store-bought seasoning blends are the perfect solution. They're affordable, easy to use, and contain all the right herbs and spices so that you can create delicious meals in no time at all.

These are seasoning blends you should absolutely add to your grocery list.

1. Harissa Spice


Harissa is a fiery and garlicky North African spice especially popular in Tunisia. It tastes great with stews, hummus, chicken wings, and even burgers. Try sprinkling it on avocado toast or fried eggs for extra flavor.

2. Hawayej Spice


Pronounced “hu-why-adge," hawayej is a fragrant and warm seasoning that is a staple in any Yemenite-Jewish kitchen. It goes with both savory and sweet dishes. Try adding it to stews, dry rubs for meat, and add a sprinkle of it to a strong cup of black coffee.

3. Ras El Hanout


Moroccan Ras el Hanout is often called the most complex spice globally. It means “top of the shelf” in Arabic, meaning this seasoning mix combines all the best spices available. It makes any tagine dish taste amazing is often added to meat rubs, soups, stews, and almost any other savory dish you can imagine.

4. Khmeli Suneli


A famous Georgian (the country, not the state) spice with a distinct nutty and herbal flavor. It contains fenugreek seeds, dill, bay leaves, mint, and many other ingredients you don’t often find in an average kitchen. In Georgia, khmeli suneli is added to almost every savory dish - from meat to vegetables.

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