Flakes & Powders

Salt-free Cajun Seasoning

Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning

No salt with a smoky twist…

This is a spin-off of our homemade Cajun seasoning recipe for those who need a salt-free recipe option. Sure, it’s simple to simply pull salt from the original recipe, but salt surely is a flavor enhancer. We like to add something a little different to the mix to bring something special to a no-salt Cajun seasoning alternative. Here it’s a touch of chipotle pepper powder to go along with the cayenne and paprika.

This addition adds a little more spice, along with an undertone of smokiness to the Cajun seasoning. It’s these flavor additions that make this spice blend its own unique take on Cajun seasoning. Don’t want the smokiness? That’s ok, simply remove the chipotle powder from the recipe and you have a blend that’s plenty tasty ready for use! Sprinkle it over steak as a spice rub or use it with soups and dressings to rev up the flavor.

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salt-free taco seasoning

Healthy Salt-Free Taco Seasoning

Earthy and a little sweet…

Here’s the simple truth: Any homemade taco seasoning is going to be much healthier than those store-bought packets. Those packets contain preservatives, anti-caking agents, and other non-spice ingredients to prolong their shelf-life. So if you’re looking for a typical homemade taco spice mix, take a look at our traditional recipe here.

Now this recipe takes things a step further by  also removing the salt for those that are watching their salt intake. Instead of salt, we add a touch of cinnamon to the mix. It provides a little extra earthiness and sweetness to the taco seasoning which is quite tasty! Use it as you would any other taco spice mix. And if you prefer things a little milder, try ancho powder instead of cayenne in the recipe. It leans into the sweetness and is a heck of a lot milder.

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spicy zaatar seasoning

Spicy Za’atar Seasoning

Talk about fiery and exotic…

The popular Moroccan seasoning, za’atar is one versatile Middle Eastern spice. Any authentic Middle Eastern meal’s flavor can be lifted with the inclusion of this seasoning blend, but do look beyond the obvious hummus and baba ganoush. It’s a bold mix of flavors to add to dips, sprinkle on breads, or mix with dressings. Plus it makes one exotic steak rub to really give an edge to your grilling.

This za’atar seasoning recipes takes things up a notch with the inclusion of cayenne pepper, which isn’t found in every za’atar recipe (there are many versions, with often subtle differences). It calls for two teaspoons, but you could opt for one only if “too hot” is a phrase in your vocabulary.

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Malaysian Curry Powder

A curry in-between…

Think of Malaysian curry powder as an “in-between” curry. Its taste is no doubt full-on yellow curry, there’s no mistake. But its somewhere in-between Indian and Thai curry in flavor. This spice mix leans into coriander, both citrusy and nutty when the seeds are dry roasted, but then layers in more aromatic, typically Indian spices like cloves and cinnamon that aren’t as common in Thai curries.

Use this for traditional Malay cuisine, or simply try it as a substitute for your everyday Indian or Thai curry powder. The heat here is from simple cayenne pepper, though you can substitute in a mild paprika if you want less sizzle to your spice.

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spicy brown sugar rub

Spicy Brown Sugar Rub

Bring fiery sweet to meat…

Pairing brown sugar rubs with red meats is always a very good idea. The richness of the meat pairs very well with the earthy sweetness of the sugar. Plus the sugar acts as a tenderizer making that steak even more juicy.

But why stop there? This spicy brown sugar rub leans into smoky heat, too, brought to you by the ever-popular chipotle powder. Add in some paprika and earthy chili powder and you have a real flavor-packed rub.Steak is where this rub shines, but it works too on other red meats, pork, and chicken.

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homemade madras curry paste

Homemade Madras Curry Paste

Cayenne spicy…

Madras curry is known for being spicier than your average Thai curry, and that’s certainly true here. This recipe leans into the cayenne pepper – a no doubt upper-medium heat on the pepper scale (30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units). But if that’s too much heat (and to that we say what?? How is that possible??), it’s perfectly fine to look to less spicy chilies, like ancho powder (1,000 – 1,500 SHU) or red jalapeño powder (2,500 to 8,000 SHU).

Don’t only think curry here. All curry pastes work well in soups, stews, dressings, and sauces to bring an exotic flair to a meal. Or you can simply add some vegetable or chicken stock to the paste to create a delicious curry dipping sauce for veggies and bread.

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Extra Spicy Southwest Seasoning

Extra Spicy Southwest Seasoning

 A quick mix for that Tex-Mex taste…

Need a quick spice rack mix to liven up your tacos, burritos, or fajitas? Let’s hit that spice rack. This extra spicy southwest seasoning takes only six exceptionally common spices and blends them into a simple, yet tasty Tex-Mex blend.

Don’t only look at Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine, this southwest seasoning is also delicious as a quick and dirty chicken or steak rub to add a boost of flavor and heat. Cayenne pepper provides the pow in this recipe, and you can adjust to your heat tolerance – but note, a little goes a long way. Ramp up with care.

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homemade fajita seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

A perfect spice rack save for fajita night…

Fajita night and no fajita marinade or seasoning in sight? It’s ok – if you have a well stocked spice rack, you can make a delicious homemade fajita seasoning in no time at all. Cayenne pepper provides the spiciness here, as well as smoked paprika.

Fajita and taco seasoning are quite a bit alike, though in this spice blend we recommend the addition of tomato powder. Tomato powder adds both color and tang that’s reminiscent of the tang you get from the lime often used in fajita marinade. The lime is used to soften the tougher cuts of meat like skirt steak that are typically used for fajitas. If you plan on using lime (or don’t have tomato powder), this seasoning blend is still plenty tasty without. It’s also great as a taco seasoning substitute.

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Jamaican curry powder

Fiery Jamaican Curry Powder

The exotic flavor of the islands…

Curry powder is a seasoning staple around the world, and different regions often have different takes on the popular spice blend. Jamaican curry powder is a perfect case in point. It’s the exotic flavor behind Jamaican curry chicken and beef, brought to life by the addition of allspice, mustard seeds, and star anise to many traditional curry spices.

Cayenne pepper provides a fiery spark to the spice mix too. You can control that, adding more or less to get your desired heat level. This is a delicious spice mix not only for traditional Jamaican curries – try it too as a fresh fruit topping, especially on tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. It’s pure yum.

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chipotle cinnamon rub

Chipotle Cinnamon Rub

Sweet warmth meets smoky heat…

Chipotle cinnamon rub is a seasoning mix that works no matter the weather outside. The chipotle pepper powder (and pinch of cayenne) provides a smoky heat, while the cinnamon adds that comforting sweet warmth that’s so loved during cooler months.

Use it as a rub with pork, chicken, or beef, or simply sprinkle it after grilling to add a little oomph to your cut of meat. Don’t stop with this seasoning as just a meat rub. It’s delicious sprinkled over French fries, added to ground beef for Mexican meals (tacos, enchiladas, etc), or simply sprinkled on eggs!

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