Now that I’m cooking more again I’m finding myself in need of some spice combinations on a pretty regular basis. Way back when I was first stocking my newlywed kitchen I had the good sense to heed the advice of several older women in my life and invest in some Tupperware. The real deal stuff. The stuff that lasts for GENERATIONS (I know I’m not the only one who has at least one piece of their mother’s Tupperware). It was an investment, but after 12 years I still have every piece and they all are in great condition. One thing I purchased that I never used that much were a set of small spice holders. They hold about 1 ounce’ish and are coming in very handy as I rock my own spice mixes. So far I have a garlic powder blend and Pumpkin Pie spice. I’m made salt-free Taco Seasoning tonight and planning on doing a Creole Seasoning mix later this week. No need for those seasoning packets from the store anymore!

Salt-free Taco Seasoning (adapted from

Yields approximately 3 Tablespoons

3/4 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 Tablespoon ground ancho chili pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (can use 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
NOTE: if you want a more “authentic” seasoning packet replacement feel free to add 1 teaspoon salt to this mix.

Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix well. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 year.

Do you keep a well stocked spice cabinet? Are you a user of pre-made spice mixes or do you make your own?