By Chef Alli on January 30, 2019

14 Seasoning Blends and Gravy Mixes to Stock Your Pantry

Seasoning Blend

I love making my own homemade seasoning blends and gravy mixes. Not only is it super economical, we also find that they simply TASTE better. And, there’s no mystery ingredients included, either - yay! 
Below are 14 of my favorite blends. Feel free to customize them to your tastes. These homemade seasoning mixes also make great gifts, especially when you can include a recipe or two that incorporates that specific seasoning blend. There’s nothing like helping someone get dinner on the table - it’s always appreciated! 
Each recipe below recommends that you store your seasoning mixes in a mason jar, but feel free to use any air-tight container with a label. 
Once you have all the ingredients for these seasoning blends laid out and ready, it will take less than an hour for you to create all of them to stock your pantry. 

Italian Seasoning 

  • 1/4 cup dried basil leaves 
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano leaves 
  • 1/4 cup dried rosemary leaves 
  • 1/4 cup dried thyme leaves 
  • 1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes 
  • 3 Tbs. granulated garlic 
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt 
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley flakes 
  • 1 Tbs. ground paprika 
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 

Place all ingredients into a small bowl, stirring well to combine; store in a mason jar until ready to use. 

 

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. ground paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano flakes 
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. When ready to make tacos, add seasoning blend to one pound of ground beef before browning.

 

Enchilada Sauce Seasoning 

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup chili powder powder 
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves 
  • 1 Tbs. ground paprika

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. To make enchilada sauce, mix 1 Tbs. of seasoning mix with 1 cup of tomato sauce. 

 

Fajita Seasoning 

  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika Paprika
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano flakes 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp. black Pepper 

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. Delicious for making both fajitas and quesadillas. 

 

Salsa Seasoning 

  • 1 cup dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley flakes 
  • 1 cup dehydrated onion flakes 
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt 
  • 2 Tbs. black pepper 
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar 

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. To prepare salsa, add 1-2 Tbs. of salsa seasoning to one 28 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes. 

 

Steak Seasoning 

  • 3 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. dehydrated onion flakes 
  • 2 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 - 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves 
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves 
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use.  Sprinkle over steaks on both sides before grilling. 

 

Everything Bagel Seasoning 

  • 2 Tbs. poppy seeds
  • 1 Tbs. white sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs. black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 Tbs. + 1 tsp. dehydrated onion flakes 
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use.

 

French Fry Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt 
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. Sprinkle over hot, baked French fries just before serving. 

 

Ranch Dressing Mix 

  • 1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley flakes 
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp. dehydrated onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 2 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use. To prepare Ranch dressing, combine mix with 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1/3 cup milk. 

 

Zesty Italian Dressing Mix 

  • 1 Tbs. granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt 
  • 1 Tbs. granulated onion 
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar 
  • 2 Tbs. dried oregano leaves 
  • 1 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves 
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves 
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley 
  • 1⁄4 tsp. celery salt
  • 2 Tbs. cajun seasoning

Place all ingredients into a small bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use.  To prepare Zesty Italian Dressing, place 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar, 2⁄3 cup olive oil, 2 Tbs. water, and 2 Tbs. spice blend into a dressing crust or a mason jar and shake well to combine. 

 

Onion Soup Mix 

  • 1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 Tbs. beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/8 tsp. ground paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine well; store in a mason jar until ready to use.

 

Brown Gravy Mix 

  • 1 2⁄3 cups cornstarch 
  • 6 Tbs. beef bouillon granules
  • 4 tsp. instant coffee powder
  • 2  tsp. granulated onion
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground paprika 

Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine well; store in a large mason jar until ready to use.  To prepare gravy, measure 3 Tbs. gravy mix and 1 1/2 cups water into a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil and simmer for one minute or until nicely thickened. 

 

Au Jus Mix

  • 4 Tbs. beef bouillon granules
  • 4 tsp. granulated onion 
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic 
  • 4 Tbs. cornstarch

Place all ingredients into a food processor bowl and process until mixture turns to a fine powder; store in a mason jar.  To prepare au jus, mix 4 tsp. of the au jus mix with 2 cups warm water in a sauce pan over medium heat for15 minutes, whisking often, until heated throughout and nicely thickened. 

 

Country-Style Gravy Mix 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt 
  • 1-2 Tbs. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Place all ingredients into a bowl and combine well; store in a large mason jar or an airtight container until ready to use. To prepare the gravy: place 2 Tbs. bacon drippings or butter into a skillet over medium heat; whisk in 3-4 Tbs. of gravy mix, cooking for 1-2 minutes, whisking often. Remove skillet from heat and slowly stir in 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk, a little at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Return skillet to the heat and cook until gravy is nicely thickened and smooth. 

  • Chef Alli

    Chef Alli is a wife, mom and chef. She's been stirring up a love of farm fresh cooking for more than a decade. Watch her cooking segments live Thursday mornings, 6:20 a.m., and noon as part of WIBW 13 News This Morning. To see more of Alli's recipes, go to www.chefallis.com.