Smoky Seasoned Salt Blend
Commercial seasoned salts are OK, but if you have 5 minutes, you can make fresher, more interesting blends yourself.
Why This Recipe Works
You can buy jars of seasoning blends at the grocery store, but they’re often dusty, harsh, and overly salty; we prefer to make our own. Salt and pepper are musts, and we chose kosher salt (for its larger grains) and freshly ground black pepper. Dried onion and garlic provide familiar flavor, and a touch of red pepper flakes brings the heat. Smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder add smoky earthiness, making this blend the ideal stand-in for jarred taco seasoning.