Make Your Own Onion Soup Mix

By: Cyndi Roberts

I have been making this handy, inexpensive mix for years, instead of buying the "brand name" soup mix at the supermarket.

For the biggest savings, I buy the spices at the local Dollar Store--much cheaper than the supermarket!

Beefy-Minced Onion Soup Mix

Mix all these ingredients together and store in an airtight container. This recipes makes about 3 cups mix. I use 4 or 5 tablespoons when a recipe calls for one envelope mix.

I use this soup mix in lots of recipes. I've included some of my family's favorites.

Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

Brown 1 pound ground beef. Add 5 tablespoons Beefy Minced Onion Soup Mix, 1 small can evaporated milk, 1 can cream of mushroom soup. Pour into oven-proof dish and top with frozen tater tots and shredded cheese to taste. Bake in 375 degree oven until heated through and tater tots are done.

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

Toss potatoes with oil, in a large bowl. Then add 4 or 5 tablespoons of soup mix and stir to coat all the potatoes. Pour into shallow baking dish. Bake at 450 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chicken and Rice

Put 1 cup regular rice in roaster pan. Sprinkle with 5 tablespoons of onion soup mix. Cut up 1 stick oleo and put on top. Pour 3 cups of water over all. Place 1 cut up fryer, or 6 - 8 drumsticks on top. Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Turn off oven and leave pan in oven for 1 hour. Delicious and easy!

Of course, this mix works in any recipe that the store- bought mix works in! And for lots less dough!

Potatoes are not fattening, unless you exceed the spud limit!

Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another" bi-weekly newsletter and founder of the website of the same name. Visit to find creative tips, articles, and a free e-cooking book. Subscribe to the newsletter and receive the free e-course "Taming the Monster Grocery Bill".

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