Making condiments from scratch always sounds time-consuming, but once you get into the swing of it, it can easily become part of your mealtime routine. In addition to homemade salad dressings, sauces and spreads, try mixing your own spice blends the next time you’re hankering tacos or a Cajun-spiced gumbo. Snub the packets and make your own using these seasoning recipes (just stir the ingredients together).

Yes, you can find individual recipes for taco and chili seasonings, but we’re firm believers that a good homemade taco spice blend can take care of BOTH dishes. It’s also perfect to have on hand for entertaining, since there are tons of dips and taco bites out there that call for the mix.

Cajun seasoning is really easy to blend yourself, and chances are you already have the spices needed sitting in your pantry. Not only is it fab for spicing up your Creole-inspired fare, but it also livens up your popcorn and sweet potato fries!

Who doesn’t love a tangy and herbaceous Greek vinaigrette for your favorite salads? Think beyond the bowl and jazz up grilled meats, potatoes, and homemade burgers.

If homemade meatballs and sausages are your thing, then you’re no stranger to Italian spice blends. Because it’s so versatile, it can also be used in soups, vinaigrettes, and sauces.

From creamy dips to protein-packed wraps, Southwest seasoning can really liven up a dish. Try it on chicken, in tacos, chilis, and in pasta salads.

Last but certainly not least, America’s bae: ranch. Not only does it serve to whisk up dressings and dips, but you can use it to season run-of-the-mill meals from pizzas to fried vegetables. Basically, ranch on ALL THE THINGS.

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