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8 Spices to Always Have in Your Kitchen

The following recipe, video and photography were provided by our partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

As a chef, I know just how important spices are for adding flavor to food, but you don’t have to be a professional chef to master the art of cooking with spice.

Whether you’re grilling meat, roasting vegetables or simmering a soup, spices and dried herbs can elevate just about any dish.

The most common question I’m asked when it comes to spices is, “how do I know which spices to use?” The answer is the “less is more approach!” Rather than loading your kitchen cabinet with an endless assortment of spices, pick a handful that you know you’ll use often, then combine them to create big-flavored seasonings.

Heinen’s has a wide assortment of organic and non-organic spices and dried herbs under their brand, so as you purge and restock your spice selection, I highly recommend checking out their options.

To help build your shopping list, here are the eight spices I always have in my kitchen and different ways to blend them.

Chef Billy Parisi’s Must-Have Spices

  • Basil
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Granules
  • Ground Mustard
  • Paprika
  • Onion Granules
  • Oregano
Heinen's Spices
8 Spices to Always Have in Your Kitchen
Prep time:
5min
Total time:
5min

Ingredients

BBQ Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. onion granules
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Southwest Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. onion granules
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Latin Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. onion granules
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Italian Seasoning

  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 tsp. onion granules
  • 2 tsp. rosemary
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients until combined
  2. Use the freshly mixed spice blend immediately, or store in an airtight container.

Heinen's Spices

Chef Billy Parisi headshot
By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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