Make Your Own Mixes for Just Pennies


In a recent column at a reader’s request, I offered a recipe for beef gravy mix. The responses poured in—some with rave reviews, others with requests of their own. The top three mix requests were for Taco Seasoning Mix, Chicken Gravy Mix and Country Gravy Mix.


You know there are no lengths to which I will not go to keep my readers happy, and today is no exception. Enjoy! 

Taco Seasoning Mix
Makes 1 package or about 2 tablespoons Mix
  • 2 teaspoons instant minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon instant minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  1. Mix all ingredients together well. Store in tightly sealed bag or container.
  2. To make Taco Filling: Brown 1½ lb. lean ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Drain excess great. Add ½ cup water and 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning mix. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. stirring occasionally. Makes filling for 8 to 10 tacos.
This recipe multiplies well, but should be used within 6 months.

Chicken Gravy Mix
About 2⅔ cups Mix
  • 1⅓ cups powdered milk
  • ¾ cup Wondra instant flour
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • ¼ teaspoon sage or poultry seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup salted butter/margarine
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use a pastry blender or two knives to cut in butter until evenly distributed. Mix well and store in a 3-cup tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Use within 4 to 6 weeks.
  2. TO USE: Pour 1 cup cold water in saucepan, using a whisk to blend, stir in ½ cup mix. Stir constantly over medium heat until gravy is smooth and slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Makes 1 cup gravy.

Country Gravy Mix
About 1 cup Mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in a tightly sealed container.
  2. To Make Gravy: Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the frying oil (or melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter) in the skillet. Over low heat stir in 2 tablespoons of the Country Gravy Mix. Stirring constantly, cook about 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 cup chicken broth, scraping browned bits off bottom of skillet. Stir in 1 cup milk and bring all to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with chicken, mashed potatoes or biscuits. Yield: 2 cups gravy.
The best country gravy is made in the skillet with drippings that remain after frying chicken or sausage. However, you can substitute unsalted butter for the drippings.


Recipes for other popular mixes are featured in a booklet I put together called “Make Your Own Mixes.” We’ve made it available as an eBooklet, downloadable to your computer for $3.99, or as a printed booklet for $6.

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  • Ktolzmann

    The second and third recipes call for ‘Mix’. Does that mean ‘Taco Mix’ or something else?

    • natalie

      It’s placed awkwardly but I think it actually means it makes that much of that particular mix.

  • Becky

    I looked on and pulled up a recipe for Taco seasoning and my husband made it and put it in a container to last for several times of taco seasoning.

  • DianaB

    I am thinking you don’t need a “mix” to make your own gravy. Simply learn how to make gravy and add the spices to it, like in the old days. In fact, the basic gravy directions are right there within the mix recipe. Taco seasoning mix? Just add spices that you like to browned ground beef.