20 Must-Have Spices for any Kitchen (+ Spice Blends)

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Any food can be amplified with the right spices. Spices can transform a bland dish into something bursting with flavor, or transport your palate throughout the world by re-creating flavors of different global cuisines. If you’re tight on space, hoping to simplify, or are stocking your kitchen from scratch, these are 20 spices you may want to have in your kitchen.
These spices are the foundation for a variety of popular spice blends you may find in grocery stores. You can save room in your spice cabinet and a few pennies along the way by creating your own blends at home. Experiment with different ratios to find the perfect potency for your taste buds.
20 Must-Have Spices
1. Allspice
2. Bay leaves
3. Chili powder
4. Cinnamon
5. Crushed black pepper
6. Crushed red pepper
7. Cumin
8. Dried basil
9. Dried oregano
10. Dried rosemary
11. Dried thyme
12. Garlic powder
13. Ground clove
14. Ground ginger
15. Ground marjoram
16. Ground nutmeg
17. Onion powder
18. Paprika
19. Sage
20. Salt
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Make Your Own Spice Blends
BBQ seasoning:
*½ cup brown sugar
*½ cup paprika
*1 tablespoon ground black pepper
*1 tablespoon salt
*1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*1 tablespoon onion powder
Cajun seasoning:
*2 ½ teaspoons paprika
*1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
*¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper
*¼ teaspoons pepper
*¼ teaspoons oregano
*¾ teaspoons thyme
Chili seasoning:
*1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 teaspoon ground cumin
*1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
*1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/2 teaspoon onion powder
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
*1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
Italian seasoning:
*1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
*1 teaspoon dried marjoram
*1 teaspoon dried thyme
*1/2 teaspoon dried basil
*1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
*1/2 teaspoon dried sage
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Jerk seasoning:
*1 tablespoon garlic powder
*2 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
*2 teaspoons onion powder
*2 teaspoons dried thyme
*2 teaspoons dried parsley
*2 teaspoons sugar
*2 teaspoons salt
*1 teaspoon paprika
*1 teaspoon ground allspice
*½ teaspoon black pepper
*½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
*½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
*½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Poultry seasoning:
*2 teaspoons ground sage
*1 ½ teaspoons thyme
*1 teaspoon ground marjoram
*3/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
*1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
Pumpkin Pie Spice:
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Taco seasoning:
*6 teaspoons chili powder
*4 ½ teaspoons cumin
*3 teaspoons onion powder
*2 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
*5 teaspoons paprika
*¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
*¼ teaspoon oregano
Seasoned salt:
*2 tablespoons salt
*2 teaspoons sugar
*1/2 teaspoon paprika
*1/4 teaspoon onion powder
*1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/4 teaspoon cornstarch