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My Homemade Beef Bouillon Recipe: A Savory and MSG-Free Substitute for Commercial Beef Bouillon

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In this article, I will share my recipe for homemade beef bouillon powder that can easily replace commercial beef bouillon in your favorite dishes. Unlike store-bought options, this recipe contains no fillers, anti-clumping agents, or MSG. It’s perfect for those with allergies or preferences for natural ingredients.

The Name

Although my beef bouillon powder doesn’t actually contain beef, I’ve named it “Beef Bouillon” as it serves as a substitute for beef bouillon in recipes. Some may refer to it as Umami Seasoning or Umami Powder, but I chose a name that would be immediately recognizable and memorable.

What is Umami?

Umami is known as the savory or meaty taste of foods. It is the fifth taste, alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. This flavor component comes from natural glutamates found in both meat and plant-based ingredients. For more information on umami, check out WebMD’s article on “What is Umami?”

Ingredients That Create Umami Flavor

To achieve a deeply rich and savory flavor, I use a combination of ingredients that are high in umami. These include onions, mushrooms (in the form of dehydrated mushroom powder), herbs commonly used in beef dishes, salt, garlic, and mustard powder, among others. Each ingredient contributes to the overall umami experience of the beef bouillon powder.

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How to Use Homemade Beef Bouillon

There are several ways to incorporate homemade beef bouillon into your cooking:

  • Dissolve 1 tablespoon of beef bouillon powder in 1 cup of hot water to make vegan “beef” broth.
  • Enhance the flavor of store-bought beef stock in dishes like beef stew, slow cooker roast beef, crockpot cube steak, and Mexican shredded beef.
  • Replace chicken stock with dissolved beef bouillon in dishes like ground beef and cabbage.
  • Add it to soups, stews, sauces, and gravies for a deeper and richer flavor.
  • Make easy onion dip by combining 5 teaspoons of beef bouillon powder and 2 tablespoons of dried minced onions with 1 cup of sour cream. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

How to Make Beef Bouillon Powder

Follow these simple steps to make your own beef bouillon powder:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a smoothie blender or high-speed blender.
  2. Blend them together until you achieve a fine powder consistency.
  3. Store the bouillon powder in an airtight container in a cool, dark pantry or cupboard, just like your other herbs, seasonings, and spices.


By making your own beef bouillon powder, you can enjoy the savory umami flavor without the additives found in commercial options. Use it in a variety of dishes to enhance their taste and create a depth of flavor that will impress your family and friends. Give this homemade beef bouillon recipe a try and elevate your cooking to new heights!

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