Basic Spice Blend

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Making your own custom spice blends is a great way to add flavor to your meals. This basic spice blend is a great all-purpose mix.

Basic Spice Blend | Good Cheap Eats

You know how much I love making my own spice blends, right? It’s like a hobby of mine. I find that I can make my own seasoning mixes cheaper, tastier, and healthier than commercial blends. No thank you to excess sodium, preservatives, anti-caking agents, and who knows what else.

By mixing small batches I can ensure that my spices are fresh — and that I’m not stuck with a lot of seasoning mix to use up during a Pantry Challenge.

One of my favorite homemade seasoning mixes is this Basic Spice Blend. It really is basic —  only five ingredients — but it packs a punch.

I use this Basic Spice Blend in marinades, on roasts, in stew, and in skillet mixtures. It’s all-purpose, simple to make, and so delicious!

(If you followed last month’s Protein-Style Meal Plan, you know what I’m talking about. Let me know how else you’re using it!)

Basic Spice Blend | Good Cheap Eats

Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I keep a jar of this on hand at all times. I could not be without it. And it really takes just minutes to mix up. Don’t believe me?


I’ll be sharing recipes to use up this Basic Spice Blend over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. karen b says

    would this be a good blend for like greenbeans & other veggies? I am going to try it. also what is the difference between smoked paprika & plain paprika?

    • Smoked paprika has a little more BBQ taste to it. smoky. You can use regular sweet paprika if you like. And I would use it lightly on vegetables. It’s a pretty hardy blend.

  2. Cristi Paton says

    Where / how do you store it?? I put the taco seasoning in the freezer. Can this go in the spice drawer?

  3. Janet says

    When I use up a store bought spice jar, I sterilize it in boiling water, let it air dry and then use it to store my home made spice blends. If your spices typically come in plastic bottles, another good storage option is a 2 oz glass canning jar. These are easy to clean, store, and label.

  4. Karen says

    Made and used this for the first time, this week. We loved it. I think this will be a great replacement for TJ’s South African Smoke seasoning, which is addicting, but only sold seasonally.

    • Great! Good to know about the TJs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one.

      • Karen says

        When they have it, it is next to and in a grinder just like the Everyday Seasoning. That should be your next DYI recipe. 🙂

        • I just saw this seasoning mentioned in one of their recipes. I will have to check it out. Though I’m stumped what “real food” ingredient I could buy for the smoke part.

          • MamaC says

            South African Smoke is my absolute favorite from TJ’s. I’ve been known to buy multiple jars so I don’t run out. It’s smoked paprika flakes, sea salt (coarse grind), garlic, and basil. I’ve never been able to find smoked paprika flakes (much less organic), but there’s no reason it couldn’t be made with the ground form. Thanks for the idea!!!

          • Who knew that smoked paprika was smoky enough? Mischief managed. Thanks!

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