Homemade Onion Soup Mix (with No MSG!)

So far in this Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Challenge, we’ve come up with recipes for Homemade Tator Tots, Healthier Chocolate Milk and Teriyaki Sauce. I attempted a recipe for corn tortillas and while they tasted pretty good…they were NOT easy to make, they fell apart and looked ugly. I’m going to keep working on that one until I come up with a corn tortilla recipe that doesn’t take the whole afternoon to make. :)

This new recipe in The Challenge was super easy to put together! Vicki, one of our readers, sent me an Onion Soup Mix recipe to try and WOW is it simple! I tweaked it a teeny tiny bit, but really, this recipe is more Vicki’s than mine.

What I love about this recipe is that I didn’t have to look high and low for the ingredients.  Many onion soup recipes I found call for some sort of bouillon. Almost always, bouillon has MSG. There are MSG free bouillon varieties out there, but what if they aren’t easily accessible to you? And so…I was very happy to see this recipe that contained just dried herbs and spices!


Onion Soup Mix

2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric (optional)
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sucanat (or sugar if you prefer)
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 Onion Soup Mix in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix.  (I actually found that 2 Tablespoons was plenty in a beef stew recipe I tried.)  Store this in a dry, cool place.


I used the Onion Soup Mix in this simple, one dish stew and YUM!
I’ll be sharing the recipe eventually!

And with that…I have to ask:

SO many of you requested this recipe that I’m guessing you all must have tons of wonderful ways of using Onion Soup Mix? I would LOVE for you to share what you do with this mix!!! I have exactly two recipes that call for Onion Soup Mix . I’m so excited to use this mix in those recipes because I’ve not made them for years. But what else??? What do you make with Onion Soup Mix??

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  1. James says

    Thank you thank you thank you! It seems like chip dip without MSG would be ready to find, but it’s easier to make thanks to you. Yeah, I’m a big dipper. I kinda like a bit lighter flavor so I don’t put any powders in there. Just dried, minced onions, The dried parsley (it’s just to add color, isn’t it? ) some chives, salt, and dried celery flakes in place of the celery salt. If you haven’t tried this last spice, it’s the bomb! Man! Making me hungry. You are awesome!


  2. Mary Helen says

    Hi. I was looking for substitutes for creamed canned soups (UGH!!) in casseroles and saw the comment re making corn tortillas. This is over 3 yrs old and you may have it perfected by now and found that they are really easy once u know.

    Masa Harina, which is basically a dry corn dough can be found at most grocery stores. it helps to have a tortilla press, as well. If healthy eating is a major concern, corn tortillas are quite healthy, really– gluten-free , low fat and provide fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. Since the process for corn is specific (see link), it may be impossible to come up with a recipe to equal authentic corn tortillas. If they /the dough breaks up, this is due to not enough binding, which would usually require some type of fat (butter, lard, vegetable oil). In corn tortillas, the dough binds through the processing of the corn (see link).

    On the other hand, the store bought corn tortillas (In Chicago, there are tortilla factories that produce them) have no preservatives (make sure you have the right brand for this) and contain the same ingredients as the store bought Masa Harina, to which you basically just add water. Be sure you get the Masa Harina for tortillas and not for tamales (unless you want to make those) they ARE not interchangeable.


    Thanks for all the good substitute for creamed soups in casseroles.

    Mary Helen


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