13 DIY Spice Blends That Taste Better When Made at Home

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to up your game in the home kitchen is to make your own spice blends. The spices you can buy at the store are good, but it's usually a lot more expensive than making it yourself. You can make perfectly good spice blends using the spices you have in the pantry, or you can buy whole spices in bulk, like cumin or cardamom, for example, and grind them yourself in a coffee or spice grinder as needed.

Herbs can also be purchased or grown fresh, and dried at home. Tying a bunch of rosemary or thyme with twine and hanging them in a warm spot, like over your stove or in front of a window, will do the trick. Plus, since you're going to use them, you score home décor points without being phony.

1. Cajun Spice Blend

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Substitute Tony Chachere for your own Cajun spice blend. Use it for chicken, gumbo, rice, crawfish boils, pork chops - anything that could use a little kick.

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2. Greek Spice Blend

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Greek spices pair naturally with foods found in Greek cuisine--yogurt, lamb, hummus--but this versatile spice blend works well on vegetables, chicken and beef, too.

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3. Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

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Use in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or make your own pumpkin spice lattes at home. The best part? When you make it yourself, it's always in season.

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4. Taco Seasoning

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You won't be going back to Taco Bell any time soon after you've made tacos with this spice blend.

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5. Lemon Pepper

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One of the most popular spice blends for chicken and fish. It's a go-to for fresh, bright flavors.

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6. Old Bay Seasoning

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The "secret" ingredient to so many recipes and arguably the key ingredient in seafood boils, but when you make Old Bay yourself, you unlock the mystery.

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7. Italian Spice Blend

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Use up the dried herbs you have in your pantry or dry them yourself. It's good on everything, especially in tomato pasta sauces.

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8. Chili and Taco Seasoning

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This easy seasoning is perfect for adding a spicy kick to any of your favorite recipes.

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9. Garam Masala

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Use it to add a lot of spice and complexity to Indian-inspired dishes, like vegetable curry.

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10. Buffalo Spice Mix

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Add it to dips, chilis, soups, put it on chicken, put it on popcorn, heck, put it on fruit-- go crazy with it.

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11. Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

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One of the easiest ways to up the flavors of your steaks and save money on ingredients.

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12. Apple Pie Spice Mix

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Most likely how your great-grandmother spiced her apple pies before supermarkets sold "Apple Pie Spice."

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13. Ranch Dressing Mix

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Put it on everything. Put in in your cereal. Need...more...ranch...But seriously, it is really good in sour cream dips and chicken casseroles.

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