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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MSG-free Seasoning Mixes – Taco, Onion Soup and Ranch


Check out these great seasoning mixes.  They came from a Facebook page called Southern Gal’s Tips & Tricks.  There are quite a few interesting recipes there.  These that I’m passing on are really great for those of us with MSG intolerance, since these particular mixes are hard to find without it.

Taco Seasoning:
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt
Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

[My note: Chili powder does sometimes refer to a blend of red pepper powder and other spices – often including MSG.  For this recipe I’d suggest just using straight red pepper powder.  Choose yours based on the heat level that you want.]

Dry Onion Soup Mix:
2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

[My note: If you have access to an Indian store, you might want to try using dry fried onions in this to give it more of a French onion taste.  I don’t know exactly what they call them, but they are pre-cooked and browned.]

5 tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoons parsley flakes
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.


  1. These are great! I wonder if there would be a way to make these fresh though? We don't use a lot of dried spices/herbs (such as garlic, onion flakes/powder etc), choosing rather to go with fresh as much as possible... Hmm.

    1. Well, you might try making them with a blend of fresh ingredients and then freezing them.

  2. THis is great I am very sensitve to MSG and it is every where.


    1. Quite a few in my family are sensitive to MSG too, including me. We have to be really careful and have learned to make a lot more from scratch. :-)