Back to Basics: Spice Blends

Like from my last back-to-basics about spices, they can be very powerful to elevate any dish. Sometimes, some spices work better than others and together they form a blend that can be very useful in your kitchen arsenal. Plus, it’s so easy to make if you have all the ingredients. Just blend it up using your blender or your bare hands Here is a list of spice blends that are common in kitchens

Pumpkin spice seasoning- Just in time for fall (totally not intentional by the way). These spices create a warm, sweet aroma that makes it feel like you’re sipping a pumpkin spice latte on an open fire. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the core spices in this mix. Other spices include ginger powder, allspice, and cloves for a sweet and warm taste

  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon ginger
  • 3 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cloves

Taco seasoning blend- a little kick to your dish. This blend adds heat and a savory coat to your food. It’s not as spicy so don’t worry if you can’t handle spice that well (I can’t too).

  • 1 cup chili powder
  • ½ cup paprika
  • ¾ cup cumin
  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Cajun season blend- Cajun adds a spicy kick to meats and soups. There’s not much to say about this other than if you’re not a big spice fan, better to use in small amounts or find something as a substitute.

  • 1 cup paprika
  • ½ garlic powder
  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • ¼ cup cayenne
  • ½ salt
  • ¼ cup black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoon thyme

Chili seasoning blend- one of the most popular spice blends out there. The chili season blend is milder than taco seasoning because of more cumin. Cumin makes the chili seasoning a bit sweeter and acts as a fire blanket from the chili powder and cayenne

  • 1 cup cumin
  • ¾ cup chili powder
  • ½ cup garlic powder
  • ½ cup cayenne
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oregano

Italian season blend- one of my personal favorite spice blends. The Italian spice blend has a savory and floral aroma that pairs brilliantly well with meat dishes and most starches like rice and quinoa. 

  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup oregano
  • ½ cup thyme
  • ½ cup rosemary
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoon onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon majoram

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