Friday, October 25, 2013

Frugal Friday: Make Your Own Seasonings

One way to save a bit of money on your grocery bill each week is to make things from scratch that you would normally buy prepackaged. Not only will you be saving money, but you'll also be serving your family healthier items by cutting out all the preservatives and additives that are in prepackaged food. It's kind of frightening all the junk they put in there.

One of the easiest things you can make is your own seasoning blends. Typically you already have most, if not all of the spices in your cabinet, you just need to mix them yourself.

My favorite seasoning mix to make at home is taco seasoning. Here is an easy, inexpensive recipe.

Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 c. chili powder
  • 1 T. onion powder
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 T. oregano
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 2 t. salt
  • 2 t. pepper
Mix all ingredients in an air tight container. Use 2 tablespoons as substitute for 1 packet of taco seasoning. This makes the equivalent of 6 taco seasoning packets. Stays good for up to 6 months stored at room temperature. I purchase all my spices (well the ones that I can) at Aldi.

Savings Break Down:
  • Chili Powder - $.48
  • Onion Powder - $.06
  • Garlic Powder - $.06
  • Cumin - $.06
  • Oregano - $.06
  • Paprika - $.02
  • Salt - $.02
  • Pepper - $.04
  • Total - $.80 vs. $4.74  ($.79 each) for 6 Store Bought Packets
This breaks down to be $.13 per serving by making it yourself. That is a savings of $.56 per packet. Now I know that doesn't sound like a ton of money but if you make tacos just once a week for a year that adds up to be a savings of $29.12! All the little ways of saving add up. Plus you'll be saving your family from having to eat the nasty additives and chemicals that are in the prepackaged packs.

Here are some more seasonings you can make at home.


  1. Are these teaspoon measurements or Tablespoon? My batch did not equal 6 packets by using teaspoons.

    1. Capital T means Tablespoon. Small t means teaspoons

  2. Do these taste like the store bought packets?

  3. Do these taste like the store bought packets?

  4. This may be a dumb question but did you really mean 1/2 Cup of chili season? :)

    1. Yes. You are making many servings of taco seasoning.

  5. Maybe a silly question but do you add water when using this seasoning? For example when making tacos the packet says add packet and water to the cooked meat. Thanks for posting such great menus and recipes.

    1. Yes I do add water. I do 2 T. of taco seasoning and a half cup of water per 1 lb. Of meat.

    2. thank you so much. I am sure my family will love your recipes. :)

  6. Good morning. I am curious how many lbs. of meat is used per 2T of seasoning? I am a cook for a camp/ retreat center and I'm trying to prepare the food a bit more healthier for our guests. We have tacos every Thursday night.

  7. Do you, by chance, have an Old Bay type seasoning recipe? We eat crab legs several times a month & I would like to have a healthier mix than store bought.

    1. I don't, sorry. Check