Having a well-stocked spice cabinets is one of the main components of cooking. After all, without spices, there would practically be no differentiation between cuisines. Spices allow us to travel to another culture, adapt their flavor profile, and apply it to our cooking, all without ever leaving our kitchen. If you’re a fan of cooking international cuisine, it’s likely that your pantry is overflowing with single-ingredient spices. While it’s totally possible to make your own spice blends by mixing together these single-ingredient products, there’s no denying that buying a pre-made mix can be convenient.
Pre-made spice blends take all the guesswork out of mixing. If it’s a good product, the ratio will be exact, the flavors authentic, and the ingredients fresh. Whether it’s garam masala for your curries, five spice for your Chinese creations, or simply a staple blend to sprinkle onto dishes for some added flavor, there is likely a blend out there that will suit your liking. And guess what? We’ve done all of the hard work for you search-wise! Here are 15 vegan spice blends to add that extra oomph to your cooking.
The Spice Hunter Chef’s Shake Blend
Everyone needs an all-purpose spice blend in their kitchen. One that can be used in dishes that don’t call for a specific blend of spices, but could still benefit from a boost of flavor. According to a number of reviewers, The Spice Hunter Chef’s Shake Blend, is definitely worth looking into with many describing it as their “go-to spice blend.” It contains many ingredients, but is primarily composed of onion, black pepper, garlic, carrots, orange peel, and tomato. Reviewers report using this mix on salads, dinner entrées, and classic breakfast dishes, with many stating it “goes great on everything.” You can get one two-ounce jar of this salt-free blend for a little over $7.
USimplySeason Za’atar Spice Blend
USimpleSeason Za’atar Spice Blend is a mix of herbs and spices often used in Mediterranean cuisine. Specifically, it contains thyme, marjoram, and oregano mingled with sumac and roasted sesame seeds. USimplySeason recommends using this mix to spice up roasted vegetables as well as garnishing hummus, creating a flavorful olive oil dip, or boosting the flavor of a flatbread. Reviewers also report using it in cooked bean dishes, soups, salads, and even bagels! Currently, the only size available is a one-pound bag for $18.00, so you may want to try it elsewhere first before committing to the large package.
Gustus Vitae Condiments Taste of Thailand Seasoning
Gustus Vitae Condiments Taste of Thailand Seasoning takes all of the spices you expect in Thai food – ginger, basil, red pepper, cumin, cardamom – and mixes them all into one convenient mix. According to reviews, this blend is authentic-tasting and perks up otherwise bland dishes. Reviewers report using this blend for coconut soup, pad thai, and curries. This company also puts all of its spice blends in magnetic cases, making it easy for customers to keep this product right on the fridge. One reviewer even says that the magnetic case is “almost the best part” of the product! To try this blend out for yourself, one
The Gourmet Kitchen Chili and Lime Spice Blend
Take your summery dishes to the next level with a kick of chili pepper balanced out with the tangy, citrusy flavor of lime. The Gourmet Kitchen Chili and Lime Spice Blend was made for this very purpose. Reviewers report that this blend is “delicious with all kinds of food.” And reviewers point out that this doesn’t necessarily have to be saved for full-blown meals either. One reviewer used the blend as a way of spicing up tomatoes and turning it into a salsa and another reviewer used it as a creative rim garnish to a margarita! To apply your own culinary flair with this spice, try out one 5.7-ounce bottle for $12.
Zamouri Spices Baharat Blend
Although Zamouri Spices Baharat Blend is described as an Arabian mix of spices. While some reviewers report using this product for Arabic cuisines such as Moroccan, others have used it for dishes as universal as burgers and salads. The mix is made primarily from paprika, cumin, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom and apparently is a little on the sweeter side. You can get one two-ounce container for about $9.
Spicemode Indian Spice Rub Combo Pack
Spicemode Indian Spice Rub Combo Pack comes with three different varieties of seasoning: Vindaloo Fire made with cumin, peppercorn, and chile flake; Masala Herb made with garlic, lemon, zest and spearmint; and Tandoori Smoke made with paprika, coriander, and cardamom. This gluten-free product is handmade and does not contain any artificial flavors, additives, or preservatives. One reviewer describes the taste as “the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.” The nice packaging doesn’t hurt either. At $30, each artisan jar comes out to about $10.
NutriBullet Superfood Spice Blend
While many blends stick to just herbs and spices, NutriBullet Superfood Spice Blend brings some interesting, nutrient-dense ingredients to the table. In addition to spices like tomato, garlic, yeast, sea salt, basil, and coriander, their blend also includes purple corn, mushroom, and turmeric. NutriBullet suggests using this blend to “supercharge” stews, soups, and sauces. Sounds like an easy way to pack your dishes with goodness! At least that’s what reviewers are saying. You can get one four-ounce bag for $15.
BlendItUp Southwest Spice Blend
Bring the flavors of the Southwest to your kitchen table with BlendItUp Southwest Spice Blend. Specifically, this blend includes salt, cumin, dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic, red and green bell peppers, cilantro), corn flour, chili peppers, sugar, and paprika. Despite salt being the first ingredient on the list, this mix is described by the company as low-sodium and MSG-free. BlendItUp recommends adding this spice blend to tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas…pretty much all of the Latin fare you want to kick up a notch. This product is a little on the expensive side with one eight-ounce container for $15.
Walker and Sons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
Reviewers are raving about Walker and Sons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning and it’s not just because it has an awesome name. This MSG-free product is made with just four ingredients:
salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic and reviewers report using it for everything from soups, to burgers, to popcorns, and potatoes. Although this product is made with pretty simple ingredients, Walker and Sons must have gotten the ratio just right because reviewers have shared enthusiastic statements such as “we’ll be customers for life!” and “everything tastes better with Slap Ya Mama!” Definitely not a phrase you hear every day. If you want to see if this product lives up to the hype, you can get a three-pack of eight-ounce containers for about $11.50. Just remember, this product does have a good deal of salt, so you might want to skip out on sprinkling any extra when using this spice.
Simply Organic Five Spice Powder
While Simply Organic Five Spice Powder can be used in a number of different cuisines, it is most known for its inclusion in Chinese cooking. The organic seasoning includes cinnamon, fennel, cloves, star anise, and white pepper. Simply Organic recommends the mix for savory rice dishes, marinades, stir-fries, and grilling, although some reviewers have reported also using the product on sweet breakfast cereals or fruit bowls. If you’d like to see which way you prefer to include it in your cooking, you can get one two-ounce container for a little over $5.
Spiceologist Rasta Rub Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Spiceologist Rasta Rub Jamaican Jerk Seasoning contains ground coriander, cayenne pepper, garlic, thyme leaves, onion, black pepper, ground cinnamon, ground clove, ground allspice, brown sugar, and kosher salt. Spiceologist recommends rubbing this right onto your favorite proteins, adding it while food is on the grill, or sprinkling some on before baking your dish in the oven. While the company doesn’t specify exactly what foods to use it on, if you’re looking to avoid meat, one reviewer has commented having success using this product with tofu. To try out this MSG-free blend, you can get one container (each one is about five ounces) for $15.
Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont Berbere Seasoning
Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont Berbere Seasoning is a 14-component Ethiopian blend of spices. The spices are as follows: paprika, black pepper, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, ajwain, allspice, birdseye chili, fenugreek, cardamom, clove, Himalayan pink salt, onion, and garlic. Whether this blend of spices is “authentic” or not is up to debate in the review section, with a few people claiming that it’s extremely close, while others claim that the company missed the mark. Despite this, the consensus seems to be that it tastes good regardless. Teeny Tiny Spice Company suggests using this product as a dry or wet spice rub on meats or tofu. To try it out for yourself, you can buy this reusable 2.8-ounce tin for about $11.
Zamouri Spices Garam Masala
Garam Masala is a special spice blend used throughout South Asia. Generally, it is added in a small quantity at the end cooking to add a subtle flavor to the dish. Zamouri Spices Garam Masala, in particular, contains coriander, green and black cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, nutmeg, ginger, pepper, and cumin. While there are several brands who have tried their hand at garam masala, several reviewers have claimed this one is their favorite, adding that it is a “must-have” in any kitchen. You can get one two-ounce container for about $10.
Rachael Ray Buon Appetito! Italian Seasoning
Rachael Ray Buon Appetito! Italian Seasoning contains sea salt, garlic, fennel seeds, marjoram, rosemary, black peppercorns, red bell peppers, and chili. Since these containers have built in grinders, the ingredients of this mix are actually ground and blended right at the time of cooking, a detail reviewers seem to enjoy. Reviewers have been using this blend on salads, garlic bread, and on BBQ dishes. You can get one two-ounce container for a little under $6.
Bragg Organic Sprinkle Seasoning
Bragg Organic Sprinkle Seasoning is an all-purpose seasoning that you can use for several different cuisines. It contains 24 different herbs and spices including, rosemary, onion, garlic, thyme, red bell pepper, carrot, tomato, and black pepper. Reviewers have reported using this blend on sautéed vegetables like beets, mushrooms, onions, and spinach, as well as pasta, sandwiches, and stews. You can get one 1.5-ounce container for $6.50.
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