10 Staple Spices for Your Kitchen
Garlic PowderGarlic powder is made from dehydrated garlic cloves. It does not have as robust of a flavor as fresh but is great when looking to add a subtle garlic flavor to a dish. Garlic powder also does not burn as easily as fresh minced garlic. Use it for seasoning meat or veggies, in marinades, sauces, dips, and dry rubs.
Crispy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Pillows
Cheesy Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes
Onion PowderMade from dehydrated onions, onion powder adds a subtle onion flavor to a recipe. It's great for pizzas, seasoning meat, adding to dressings, casseroles, and egg dishes.
Pastina Stuffed Tomatoes
Chili PowderWhen cooking Mexican recipes, chili powder is a necessary spice. It's made from a blend of spices like ground chilies, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, coriander, and Mexican oregano. Use it to give a Mexican twist on grilled meat, sprinkle on vegetables, or add into chili and stews. It's a must-have for browning taco meat too. Chili powder has a slightly spicy and smoky flavor.
Sloppy Joe Mix
Tonna's Hot Dog Sauce
PaprikaPaprika is made by grinding sweet pepper pods. You'll see three different types of paprika on shelves and each has a different flavor profile. Paprika, which is the mildest, has a sweet flavor. Hungarian paprika has a more intense flavor and in the United States tends to be sweeter. Spanish paprika can range in flavor intensity but it tends to be a bit spicier and smokier. Since we're saying to only choose one, we'd go with regular paprika because you'll get the most use out of this version. It's great with meat, seafood, and veggies. It's also a necessity on top of deviled eggs. If there's extra space on the shelf, pick up Hungarian paprika too.
Chicken Paprika With Sour Cream
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Chicken and Dumplings
Cream of TartarIf baking is something you like to do, then this needs to be on your spice rack. It's a tartaric acid that's a byproduct of residue on wine barrels. Most often, it's used to help stabilize a meringue. It's also good in a pinch if there's no baking powder in the house (for 1 tsp of baking powder, sub 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar). Want veggies to be brighter after steaming? Just sprinkle a little in the water as they steam.
Double Coconut Cream Pie
CinnamonWe love cinnamon on oatmeal, mixed with sugar and put on toast, in baked goods, added to a stew, and more. It can be sprinkled in sweet and savory recipes. There are various types, but what we know most in the United States is made from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. It is both sweet and savory flavor and brings an earthiness to a recipe.
Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
Bourbon Squash Cake
Dried OreganoOregano is a must if you like to cook Mediterranean, South American or even Cajun dishes. It's great in a chicken marinade, added to burger meat, and used in sauces. Oregano is actually a member of the mint family, but it has a peppery, slightly bitter, earthy taste. When it's dried the flavor actually intensifies, so a little goes a long way.
Greek Pico de Gallo
Bay LeavesAdd whole bay leaves to soups, stews, and marinades to give the recipe a woodsy flavor. Alone bay leaves don't have a ton of flavor, but they enhance other flavors in the recipe. They come from the leaf of a laurel tree. Most often they are thrown into the recipe while it simmers for their flavors to be released and then removed before eating.
Homemade Shrimp Gumbo From Scratch
Mexican Citrus Roasted Pork
Ground CuminCumin is crucial for a lot of Mexican dishes and also used in Middle Eastern, African, and Indian cuisine. It's made from grinding the seeds of a cumin plant. It's both bitter and sweet, with a warm earthy flavor. It's used in curries, meat dishes, soups, and sauces.
Bulgur Salad With Lemon Cumin Dressing
Dried ThymeWith a woodsy and floral flavor, thyme pairs well with meat (like chicken, lamb, steaks), soups and stews. It's a popular spice in Mediterranean, Creole, Central American and Latin cuisine. This is a potent spice so use sparingly.
Butternut Squash and Shallots
Roasted Pork Tenderloin