Today I present some simple-yet-tasty spice mixes that make great gifts. For an extra pretty presentation, layer the ingredients in a decorative container without mixing. Make sure you include instructions to mix thoroughly before using!

But, wait, there’s more! Scroll down for a special bonus chai spice mix from Webdominatrix.


SP's Taco Seasoning

Servings 8 tbsp
Author SP

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp powdered chiles (I use a mix of aji amarillo and smoked red savina)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 tbsp paprika (smoked or plain, hot or not)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. To make: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  2. Store in an airtight container.

  3. To use: Add 2 tbsp (or to taste) to season one pound of a protein for taco filling. 


SP's Creole Inspired Seasoning

Author SP

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 tbsp paprika (I like to use smoked, hot paprika)
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 -1/4 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground habanero pepper (or drop the heat with cayenne or premade chili powder)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. To make: Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.

  2. To use: Sprinkle on proteins or sandwiches, to taste.



Old Harbor Seasoning

Author SP

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons bay leaf, powdered
  • 2 tablespoons celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. To make: Combine all ingredients thoroughly. 

  2. Store in an airtight container.

  3. To use: Add to seafood and other dishes to taste.



SP's Rosemary Lemon Seasoning

Author SP

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. To make: Place all ingredients in a spice grinder or blender jar. Process until finely ground. (If layering for presentation, grind the rosemary and lemon peel.)

  2. Store in an airtight container.

  3. To use: Sprinkle on proteins or vegetables to taste.


Webdominatrix's Chai Spice Mix

Servings 15 tsp
Author Webdominatrix

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. To make: Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container.

  2. To use: Add 1 tsp to a cup of black tea.