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DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning

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(makes about 3 Tablespoons)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


Lemon Herb Seasoning

1/4 cup + 1 tbl. Dried basil, rumbled
1/4 cup dried oregano, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons whole celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried grated lemon zest

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients until well blended.
Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 6 months

Heloise's No-Salt Substitute

5 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dark place.

Tip: Never store spices near the stove....they lose their zip!

You can double the amounts to make extra and store as stated above.

Lawry's Seasoning Salt

2 Tblsp.. pepper
1 Tblsp.. chicken bouillon powder
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 Tblsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. dry marjoram leaves
1 Tblsp. minced parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 Tblsp. chili powder
1/3 C. salt

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, or put all ingredients into a 1-quart mayonnaise jar with tight fitting lid, shaking until blended well.
Keep at room temperature.

Use within 3 months.

Yields about 1 cup.

KFC Spices

1 Tblsp. Rosemary
1 Tblsp. Oregano
1 Tblsp. Powdered sage
1 tsp. Powdered ginger
1 tsp. Marjoram
1 1/2 tsp. Thyme
3 Tblsp. Packed brown sugar
3 Tblsp. Dry minced parsley
1 tsp. Pepper
1 Tblsp. Paprika
2 Tblsp. Garlic salt
2 Tblsp. Onion salt
2 Tblsp. Powdered chicken boullion; or 4 cubes mashed
1 pkg. Lipton tomato cup of soup mix

Place all ingredients in blender for 3-4 minutes to pulverize or rub through a fine strainer.
Store in an airtight container.

To use with flour: add 1 oz mix to cup of flour for coating chicken.

Lemon 'N Herb Seasoning

Grated peel of 1/2 fresh lemon
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano or basil leaves crushed
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram leaves crushed
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate in covered container.

To use, sprinkle over meat, poultry or fish before broiling or baking.

Michelle's Steak Marinade

1/2 Stick of butter
Ground Black Pepper
Small onion - chopped
1 Clove of garlic -minced
Dry Red Wine - about a cup or two
Mushrooms-sliced (optional)
1-2 shallots - chopped

Bring wine mixture to a boil and simmer steaks about 3-5 minutes.

Remove from marinade and grill or broil as usual.

Make enough marinade depening on the amount of steaks you will be cooking.

Recipe may need to be increased.

Jack Daniel's Marinade

1/4 cup Jack Daniel's whiskey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Dijon−style mustard
1/4 cup minced green onion and tops
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Blend well.

Use to marinate shrimp or scallops for one hour.
Beef, chicken or pork should marinate refrigerated overnight.
Use to baste the shellfish or meat as it is grilled or broiled.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
big pinch of cardamom (or you can substitute mace)

Blend all spices together, working out any lumps that might occur. Store in an old spice jar.

Makes about 2 tablespoons

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Delilah's Easy Chicken Marinade

8 pieces legs and/or thighs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Several cloves of garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
Seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper corns

Put all ingredients into a plastic zipper bag and throw in the fridge for a few hours.
Drizzle Newman's Own Italian dressing over chicken as it cooks on the grill.

Source: Delilah Daily

Cajun Blackening Spices

5 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon finely ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together and store in an air−tight container.

Kansas City Dry Rib Rub

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
3/4 tablespoon garlic powder
3/4 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.

Carolina BBQ Dry Rub

2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup paprika

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use as a dry rub on beef, chicken, lamb or pork.

Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix

1 T dried onions
1 tsp. bell peppers freeze-dried
1 tsp. salt -- or to taste
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp chili powder

Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc bag, seal & shake well. (makes 1 mix or approx 3 T).

To Use:
1 lb ground beef,
1 mix recipe Sloppy Joe seasoning mix,
8 oz. Tomato Sauce,
1/2 cup water.
Brown beef and then drain.
Add remaining ingredients, simmering about 10 minutes.

Serve over hamburger buns.

Home Made Bead Crumbs

Any stale bread or old bread that isn't moldy
salt and pepper
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese
Italian spices (dried oregano, dried basil, etc.)

Tear up the bread into small pieces. Let dry out in a bowl for a couple of days until hard.
Then throw in your spices. Toss well. Then in a blender or food processor ?
make into crumbs.

Put in sealed container.

Coating Mix For Oven Fried Chicken

2 cups dry bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix together well. Keeps unrefrigerated in tightly covered container.

Baking instructions:
Put 1/2 cup coating mix in paper or plastic bag. Moisten chicken with water or milk, and shake, one piece at a time, in the bag.

Bay Seafood Seasoning Blend

1  tablespoon ground bay leaves
2 1/2  teaspoons celery salt
1 1/2  teaspoons dry mustard
1 1/2  teaspoons black pepper
3/4  teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2  teaspoon ground cloves
1/2  teaspoon ground ginger
1/2  teaspoon  paprika
1/2  teaspoon  red pepper
1/4  teaspoon ground mace -- (optional)
1/4  teaspoon ground cardamom -- (opt.)

Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container.
Use with seafood or chicken.

Yield: 1/4 cup.

All South BBQ Rub I

2  tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2  tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons chile powder
2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
4  tablespoons paprika

The rub is the second most important part of the BBQ process, next to the smoking technique.

There are two main concepts to keep in mind when formulating your rub.

Wendy's Chili Seasonings

2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon dry minced onion, powdered
1 teaspoon dry parsley flakes, powdered
1 teaspoon granulated garlic, powdered
1 envelope taco sauce mix

Stir all ingredients well together and store in a bottle with tight cap. Keep at room temp and use within 6 months.

Taco Bell Seasoning Clone

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon  cornstarch
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

Combine and store in an air-tight container.

Notes: To make taco meat, brown 1 lb ground beef in skillet; drain. Add seasoning mix and 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Taco Bell Meat Seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cilantro leaves, whole
1 teaspoon instant tea powder
1/2 teaspoon dry minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon onion salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon seasoned salt

Combine Mixture 1 ingredients and sift together 3 t

Red Lobster Cajun Seasoning

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon  dry thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine ingredients well. Place in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.

Recipe from Red Lobster

Outback Steak Seasoning

1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 envelope dry Italian dressing mix

Pierce steaks in several places with tines of fork. Rub in oil and dust in seasoning mixture.

Then pour Cola (Diet or Regular) around steaks in deep plastic or glass container and seal with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Drain and grill or seal or broil as you wish.

Mrs. Dash Seasoning

1/4 cup crushed dried minced onion flakes
4 teaspoons crushed dried vegetable flakes (Schilling)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried savory
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon Kool-Aid unsweetened lemonade drink mix
dash crushed dried rosemary

Crushing the vegetable f

Lone Star Dry Rub

3/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup ground black pepper
1/4 cup chili powder (like Gebhard's or homemade)
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne, ground

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Store in a tightly covered container.
Store in the refrigerator.

KFC - Chicken Seasoning Spices

1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon oregano leaves
1 tablespoon powdered sage
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry minced parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons onion salt
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder (or 4 cubes, mashed)
1 package Lipton tomato Cup-a-Soup mix

Place all ingredients in blender and pulse for 3-4 minutes to pulverize, or rub through a fine strainer.

Emeril's Southwest Spice

2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin -- ground
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon oregano -- dried
1 tablespoon coriander -- ground
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Cajun Rub

2 Tblsp. paprika
2 tsp salt
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dry thyme leaves
1 tsp oregano leaves

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, shake all ingredients. Store tightly covered at room temperature

Recipe makes about 1/2 cup.