It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, and there’s nothing better than that warm, comforting feeling you get from a hot, home-cooked meal. Phasing out lighter, fresher summer flavors means stocking up on the best hearty and warm spices. The following spices are best kept sealed in glass containers to maintain their flavors, which makes them easy to shelf on your pantry.
This golden spice is amazing year-round, but paired with fall vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash or in spicy broths, it really shines. With an earthy, borderline smoky taste, turmeric adds such depth to those comforting dishes. Even with a sweet twist in a golden milk latte, turmeric can do no wrong and has a long list of health benefits, too.
Sprinkled on baked chicken or stir-fried vegetables, paprika is not a spice to overlook. With a rich, almost hot flavor, paprika is the perfect spice to use when you don’t know what flavor profile you’re going for. It works with all cuisines and is especially tasty on roasted dinners, the official meal type for fall.
It’s not fall without chili, and it’s not chili without cumin. It’s the perfect savory spice to add to heavier dishes so the flavors don’t remain flat. Added to soups, stews, burgers, and casseroles, cumin brings that deep rich flavor we all want from a soul-warming autumn meal.