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Homemade Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomato Seasoning Recipe

This delicious Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomato Seasoning Mix is easy to whip up and uses just 4 ingredients! Plus, you can make it with ingredients you grow in your own garden!

I’m spilling the secret to my signature seasoning mix: Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomato Seasoning! And, yes, it tastes as good as it sounds! It also smells like a tiny Italian restaurant in a bottle! 

The best part, though? You can make it using common ingredients grown right in your own garden, making it a true “seed to supper” seasoning mix.

Seasoning bottle on table with tomatoes, garlic and hot peppers.

This blend is my personal creation and my go-to seasoning for pretty much every dish. It’s also one of my favorite products to give as a gift from our homestead! 

I’ve made it for several years and each year, I find myself making more and more so that I have enough for our own use and to give to others. We sprinkle it on pasta, use it to flavor soups & stews, season egg dishes and veggies… I mean, you can truly put this stuff on anything!

Oh, and did I mention that it’s extremely quick and simple to make?! In fact, there are only 4 ingredients – all of which can easily be grown in any size home garden! 

How Do You Make Sun Dried Tomatoes at Home?

Flavorful, homemade sun-dried tomatoes make up the base for this seasoning. Even after they are dried, tomatoes pack a major punch of savory flavor! 

You can dry any variety of tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes are the easiest and fastest to dry. The Mini Roma variety is my personal favorite for drying. They are the perfect size to slice in half and lay directly on the dehydrator tray. 

You can dry your tomatoes using a dehydrator or you can dry them in the oven on a low temp. 

Red and yellow tomatoes in a dehydrator.

It’s very important that your tomatoes are extremely dry to prevent moisture build-up in the seasoning mix. I dry these tomatoes probably twice as long as the tomatoes that I use for traditional sun-dried tomatoes that I pack in oil. 

They shouldn’t be burned, so it’s important that you use a very low temperture and dry them over a long period of time. They should be slightly crunchy after drying. 

I test mine by folding them in half. If they snap and break, then they are ready! If there is any moisture or give left to them, I pop them back in the dehydrator for a couple more hours.

Here’s how to sun-dry tomatoes, my favorite varieties, and how to use them once they are dried! 

Close up of dried tomatoes and garlic on a table.

How to Make Homemade Garlic & Sun Dried Tomato Seasoning

In addition to the sun dried tomatoes, there are just three other ingredients in this tasty seasoning recipe. 

Garlic Powder

I use homegrown and homemade garlic powder. You can find full instructions on how to make your own garlic powder, or you can always use store-bought in a pinch. 

Homemade garlic generally has a much stronger flavor than store-bought. Because of this, you might want to increase or decrease the amount of garlic powder to match the flavor that you want. 

This recipe is highly adaptable so feel free to make it your own!

Garlic powder spilling out of a jar with several garlic bulbs next to it.

Dried Peppers

A little bit of dried pepper adds a hint of heat and spice to this seasoning mix! Again, this recipe is completely adaptable, so if you aren’t a fan of peppers, you can reduce them or leave them out all together. 

For this recipe, I use Serrano peppers from my garden. I dry them using a food dehydrator and then pulse them in a Bullet blender. You can also substitute other peppers (like ancho for a smokier flavor) or use store-bought red pepper flakes. 

Dried seasoning on a spoon.

Himalayan Sea Salt

Salt adds extra flavor. Of course, you can always reduce or omit it all together if you are avoiding sodium.

I prefer to use Himalayan Sea Salt instead of table salt because I prefer the flavor. It also contains trace amounts of minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium!

Homemade seasoning bottle on a table with tomatoes, garlic, and peppers.

Ready to make your own? Here’s how to do it!

Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomato Seasoning Recipe


  • 8 tablespoons powdered sun-dried tomatoes (about 1 cup of very dry sun-dried tomato slices)
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon powdered dried peppers or red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp Himalayan sea salt (optional)


  • Use a bullet-style blender to powder dried tomatoes and other ingredients as needed. 
  • Once all individual ingredients have been powdered, measure the above amounts of each into the cup or bowl for a bullet-style blender or food processor. 
  • Pulse all ingredients until they are well combined.
  • Store seasoning mix in air-tight jar or seasoning jar. Shake jar well before using to prevent the mix from becoming compacted or clumped over time.

Yields: One 1/2 pint jar of seasoning

Sun-dried tomato & garlic seasoning mix in a jar - graphic for Pinterest.

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  • Kaylee Vaughn

    Kaylee is the Founder of She has set up and run two homesteads, a one-acre in Idaho, and her current two-acre dream homestead in the Pacific North West. Her qualifications include a Permaculture Design Certification from Oregon State University, and she is a Gardenary Certified Garden Coach. Kaylee currently produces at least 80% of her own food. She contributes to our site through articles, training and coaching to our clients. You can read more about her at

Emily Maze

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

This sounds so yummy! I hope to have a garden next year and make some of this!

chelsea Duffy

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

This sounds absolutely delicious! I love that you are able to make it straight from the garden too! What an amazing gift as well. I would love getting a gift like this! Pinning it and putting it on my harvest to-do list for next year! Thanks!

Project Zenstead

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Yes, it's one of my favorite "gifts from the garden" to give people! :)


Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

I need all of these ingredients in my pantry. I don't have the dehydrator, will use oven instead:)

Project Zenstead

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Yay! I hope you love it as much as we do! :D

Tessa Zundel

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Wowzers - yum! I have never thought about dehydrating tomatoes for spice - this is brilliant. I can't wait to try this!!

Project Zenstead

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

It's so delicious!I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :)


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

This looks yummy! Last year I had trouble drying tomatoes. It seemed like by the time they cooled down and I could put them in a jar, they weren’t really dry anymore because they’d soaked up humidity from the air. I’ll have to try your suggestion to dry them at a lower temp and for longer!

Project Zenstead

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

We live in the high desert so everything dries very well here! But, I have heard that it's a little tricker in humid regions! A dehydrator that can hold a low constant temp over several days might be the trick! Even here, I'll dry these for 24+ hours depending on how big and juicy they were to begin with. :)