Homemade Onion Soup Mix

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 23, 2011

Make Your Own Onion Soup Mix

Instead of paying for a couple of envelopes of onion soup mix, why not mix up some yourself and save some money? Oh, and did I mention, a you’ll be making an even better tasting version of the soup mix , too?

Only Costs Pennies to Make

If you’re like me, you buy your spices in bulk. After all, they last for years. Why not buy large quantities and save a considerable amount of money in the long run? I have several spice mixes I make like this and I’m always happy when I see my spices going down. It means I’m feeding my family great food!

If you do buy your spices in bulk, there’s great news! This recipe will literally cost you pennies to make. Seriously! Even if you don’t buy your spices in bulk, using the smaller bottles will still save a considerable amount of money.

You Have Control Over the Ingredients

I love garlic. I mean I really love garlic. So when I make my own onion soup mix I’m pretty liberal with the garlic. You might not like garlic. You have complete control here. You might want to go light on the garlic or eliminate it all together. You’re the boss over this and the only rule is that your palette is happy. Well, yours and anyone else you might be feeding!

Make as Little or As Much as You Want

I really don’t like to make a little bit here and a little bit there. So, I like to make large quantities of mixes like this and store it in a pint or quart jar. It’s ready at a moment’s notice. I just label it and it’s ready to store for several months.

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Yield – 1 packets worth

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Stir ingredients together. If beef granules are too large, simply put them in a small baggie and roll over them with a rolling pin until they resemble a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry, or in the freezer.

“Souper” Gift

I love to give practical gifts! I also love to receive them. If you make this up in a pint jar, put a bow on it and it makes a great gift. Stick it in a gift basket for a unique touch. Add a few recipes on some pretty cards and your gift will really stand out!

Robyn Adams loves to learn how to coupon and keep up with all the latest deals on The Couponing Journey.” She’s a “wanna be” Type A personality who spends her days keeping up with two energetic little boys when she’s not chasing down bargains. She also wrote the successful ebook 30 Ways to Slash Your Budget in 30 Days available for free download on her website.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey June 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

I had no idea this was so easy to make!!! This is exciting for the dairy free folks out there! Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ll be sharing it :)


Tanya June 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

This is awesome!! No yucky ingredients like the store-bought kind!! Thank you for sharing!!


Erin from Florida June 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe. The packaged mixes have an enormous amount of salt added. Love your taco seasoning and ranch dressing mixes as well!


Roxanne June 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Can you share your ranch dressing mix recipe?


The Working Home Keeper June 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Does anyone know if there are any brands of beef bouillon that don’t contain MSG?

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper


Jen C June 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I found a brand in my local supermarket, which is Geissler’s. We live in the Northeast. I have never seen this in Whole Foods, but then again, never really looked for it. It is called Celifibr. I actually just Googled it and you can order it online. It is delicious, vegan, no GMO etc. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!


Robyn June 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

So glad you guys like this! Yes, super easy to do! I also use this in my hamburger patty mix and meatloaves but I sub about half onion powder for the onion flakes. It’s just one less ingredient and makes it even easier.

I had someone email me asking about the commentor who wants the ranch recipe “Erin from Florida” mentioned. I bet she’s talking about Erin (the site owner) because I don’t have one. I do have a homemade taco seasoning mix: http://tiny.cc/0f8xw.


Karen Petersen June 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

How do I submit a guest recipe?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom June 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

You can email it to me Karen :) Click on Contact in the Nav Bar on the site.



JoAnn Richardson June 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Do you know of a boullion that is not beef? I can have chicken or turkey but no beef.


flutemom June 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

herb-ox (made by hormel foods) comes in powder or cubes, in beef or chicken, and some stores also carry a vegetable bouillon cube. herb-ox has no added msg….


rente-doorlopendkrediet June 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Great info! I’m glad to find out it’s not as hard as I thougt! thnx


Lindsay June 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

This may seem like a ‘silly’ question but….when you make a larger quantity of the mix do you just ‘double, tripple, etc the recipe? And, how do you measure it out to use in your individual recipes?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom June 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm


You can just double the amounts…I wouldn’t waste time measuring out one at a time. :)



Jennifer July 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

if I make a large batch of this, how much would I use at a time? Thanks!


Margo February 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

I love garlic too! I was excited by your first photo because I thought you were making the mix by starting with fresh onions.

Btw, spices and dried herbs don’t keep for years unless you’re storing them in the freezer. The flavor gets weaker over time at room temperature. I like to buy bulk, but this is one area I don’t.


Donna April 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

What amt. would be equivalent to one store bought pkg.?


Sara April 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

great idea…but definitely watch which beef bouillon you use.


Sherrie A Sarver October 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

how much water do you add to the onion soup mix for soup?


Juliw November 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

How much equals an evelope? And how much water do you add to make soup? This is a great idea! I think I’ll make it for Christmas gifts!


Kimberly Leverett Osburn October 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hey Erin,
Just dropping by to let you know I’m linking to you again. I love all your spice mixes. Thanks for sharing them. <3 Kim


Lynn Jackson December 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

How much salt do you add?


Terrin May 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hi, I was wondering if you can use this recipe to make a french onion dip, and what you would have to add to it? Thanks!


Barbara December 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Hummm, i will prepare in house.


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