12 DIY Spice Blends for Meats, Veggies, Dips, and More

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12 DIY Spice Blends for Meats, Veggies, Dips, and More

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June 15 2021


It's all about the seasoning. Mix up these homemade spice blends that are perfect for meat, veggies, dips, and so much more! Pro tip: Toasting the spices over low heat until fragrant brings out a complex of flavors. Once your blends are made, store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

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  1. Autumn Blend

    Flavor Profile: Rich, full-bodied.

    Use on oven-roasted veggies (carrots, parsnips, butternut squash, potatoes), stews, roasted chicken, or baked or poached apples or pears.

    Combine 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee dried rosemary leaves, 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ground coriander, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes about 8 tablespoons.

  2. Maple-Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Sweet, earthy.

    Use on roasted squash, sweet potatoes, or pears; or use it to flavor a ham glaze, cinnamon rolls, quick breads, or cookies. You could even use it to slightly dust a coffee drink or whipped cream. 

    Combine 3 tablespoons cinnamon-maple seasoning, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground ginger, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom. Makes 4-1/2 tablespoons.

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  3. Ranch Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Tangy, savory.

    Use on buttered popcorn, mashed potatoes, chicken salad, avocado toast, fries, or pizza. Or stir into crumb coatings or Greek yogurt for a veggie dip.

    Combine 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee parsley flakes, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee dill weed, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee garlic powder, 2 teaspoons That's Smart! onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes 4 tablespoons.

  4. Mediterranean Herb Blend

    Flavor Profile: Earthy, slightly citrus.

    Use on grilled fish, poultry, pork, vegetables, pasta, pizza, or bread. Or add to soups, tomato-based pasta sauce, or salad dressing.

    Combine 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried thyme leaves, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried sweet basil, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried leaf sage, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee salt. Makes 4 tablespoons.

  5. All-Purpose Blend

    Flavor Profile: Salty, savory.

    Use on steak, pork ribs, burgers, pork tenderloin, BBQ sauces, corn on the cob, chili and stews, enchiladas, tacos, or roasted root vegetables. 

    Combine 3 tablespoons Hy-Vee chili powder, 2 tablespoons That's Smart! dried minced onion, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee dried oregano leaves, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Makes 7-1/2 tablespoons. 

  6. Smoky Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Deep, earthy, slightly sweet.

    Use on meat or poultry as a dry rub, shrimp, vegetables, or oven-roasted nuts. Or stir into hearty sauces, chilis, stews, or hummus.

    Combine 3 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Hy-Vee cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon Hy-Vee cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon crushed celery seed, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon Hy-Vee ground black pepper. Makes 5-1/2 tablespoons.

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  7. Baharat Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Umami, sweet.

    Use to add depth and flavor to sauces, soups, grains, vegetables, stews, and meat.

    Fun fact: "Baharat" is Arabic for "spice."

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  8. Harissa Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Bitter, umami, salty.

    Use to add exotic spicy notes to your curries, tacos, braised meats, and even tofu.

    Fun fact: This seasoning blend hails from Tunisia and North Africa.

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  9. Korean BBQ Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Savory, sweet, umami, salty.

    Use to add Korean flavors to your sirloin steak, tenderloin, or chicken.

    Fun fact: In Korean BBQ restaurants, a grill is often brought directly to the table so diners can watch their meat being cooked.

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  10. Italian Mother-in-Law Blend

    Flavor Profile: Umami, bitter.

    Use for earthy and pungent aromas and flavors.

    Fun fact: It's thought that some Italian dishes are referred to as "mother-in-law recipes" because they're so quick to make, when your mother-in-law phones at the last minute you can whip this up and have a delicious meal ready in no time!

  11. Caribbean Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Sweet, umami, salty, bitter.

    Use to bring zesty and hot flavors to your meat.

    Fun fact: Caribbean seasoning blends have mastered the art of walking the line between sweet and spicy.

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  12. Dukkah Spice Blend

    Flavor Profile: Umami, savory.

    Use to mix with olive oil for dipping your bread.

    Fun fact: Dukkah is said to have been around in the time of ancient Egyptians.

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