chipotle cinnamon rub

Chipotle Cinnamon Rub

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 …

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Sriracha powder

Homemade Sriracha Powder

What’s a spicy food lover’s kitchen without a bottle of Sriracha hot sauce? Its spicy and tangy flavor brings big life to many a dish. But what if you’d love that Sriracha taste but prefer to not add another liquid to a recipe or meal, …

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Harissa seasoning recipe

Harissa Seasoning

If you want that delicious harissa heat mixed with exotic spices without the paste form, then a harissa seasoning is where to turn. It’s perfect as a dry rub, but don’t overlook it as a general seasoning for many dishes. Making this spice mix is …

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Piri Piri Seasoning

Homemade Piri-Piri Seasoning

Here’s a spicy mix, however you say it. Whether you call it piri-piri or peri-peri seasoning, the end result is all the same – it’s a delicious combo of pungent and savory spices with a healthy kick of heat. It’s perfect as a dry rub for steaks …

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Chili lime seasoning

Homemade Chili Lime Seasoning

Fiery with zing! Chili lime seasoning is ever more popular in supermarkets, with the likes of Tajin leading the way. But sometimes it’s about the experimentation at home to create the perfect powder for your tastebuds. Use this chili lime seasoning recipe as a base …

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Crushed red pepper recipe

Crushed Red Pepper Recipe

Crushed red pepper (a.k.a. red pepper flakes) is so much more than a pizza-topping staple. It can be used in nearly any dish to give a dash of unexpected heat. Sure, it’s easy to pick up a big bottle of red pepper flakes from the store, but if …

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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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