Homemade Taco Seasoning

This easy homemade taco seasoning recipe can be made in minutes! Plus, it's preservative-free, gluten-free, and customizable to your taste preferences. It's definitely my favorite taco seasoning mix!

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Ok ok, I know that I’ve been a little taco-obsessed last week.  But I can’t help myself.  Scratch that, I don’t want to help myself.


And I especially love good homemade taco recipes, especially when they’re made with my favorite homemade taco seasoning recipe.  So last week when I was making my Skinny Slow Cooker Taco Soup recipe, I decided to whip up a fresh batch and snap a few photos to share with you.

But why make taco seasoning mix homemade?  Well, first of all I’m pretty bad at keeping seasoning mixes on hand, so I often end up improvising them anyway so as not to overflow my spice cabinet.  But lots of store-bought taco seasoning mixes are full of preservatives, artificial colors, flour (making them not gluten-free), and may be more or less spicy than you’d like.  So to avoid all of those things and customize your perfect flavor combos, I highly recommend making homemade taco seasoning!  It’s easy, cheap, and perfect for helping feed your taco obsession love.  And it’s also perfect for gifting to your taco-loving friends.

So open your spice cabinet and make a batch with me!

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As I said, I’m a big fan of customizing your taco seasoning mix to your preferences.  So if any of these ingredients don’t float your boat (or if you’re missing one), hakuna matata.  Just make a small batch and see what you think, and then adjust any of the spices to taste for your next batch.  The ingredients you’ll need are listed above: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, onion powder, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper.

All you literally need to do is stir or whisk them all together, and then use the mix or store it in an airtight container.  I like storing mine in these cute Weck tulip jars, but any airtight container will work.  Feel free to also:

  • adjust the size of the batch – I tend to make smaller batches, but you can double or triple or quadruple the recipe to make even more.
  • adjust the level of “heat” (spicy-ness) – Keep in mind that the same spices can vary with their level of “heat” with different brands or different levels of freshness.  So I recommend taste-testing as you go, and adding more/less spice according to taste — especially with the chili powder and crushed red pepper.
  • adjust the level of salt – I actually usually add more salt to a recipe to go with this taco seasoning mix, just as I would with other seasoning blends.  But if you would like even less salt in this recipe, feel free to reduce or omit it all together.  (But for the record, I would generally add a little more salt if using this mix to season proteins, vegetables, soups, etc.)
  • substitute different chili powders – If you like different chili powders, my personal favorite combo is doing 1/3 standard chili powder, 1/3 chipotle chili powder, and 1/3 ancho chili powder.  It makes for a nice smoky chili mix!  But using all standard chili powders works to and is…well…the standard.  :)
  • add flour – Many store-bought taco seasoning mixes come with flour mixed in for thickening.  If you would like your taco seasoning mix to include flour, I recommend 1 tsp. per recipe.  (But I usually prefer to add flour with a roux, if I’m using it to thicken a recipe.)

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Bottom line — just make some.  :)

It’s great in soups, mixed into dips, sprinkled on meat or veggies, mixed into sauces, and of course — on tacos.  Enjoy!


Homemade Taco Seasoning | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning recipe can be made in minutes. And it's also preservative-free, gluten-free and easily customizable. So much better than storebought taco seasoning mix!


  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder*
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes**
  • (optional: 1 tsp. flour)


Stir or whisk all ingredients together until combined.  Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

 Be sure to also check out these other favorite recipes:

Skinny Slow Cooker Taco Soup 2

Skinny Slow Cooker Taco Soup (recipe calls for taco seasoning!)

Skinny Taco Salad 4

Skinny Taco Salad


Leave a Comment:


  1. Suzi — May 5, 2015 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    There should be instructions on how to use this stuff once you make it. :(

  2. Linda MacCormack — May 10, 2015 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    How much do you use per lb. of hamburger, and how much water also per lb. of hamburger, to make regular taco meat?

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 10:41 am

      I use about 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat.

  3. Valizander — May 20, 2015 @ 7:46 pm (#)

    This is an OUTSTANDING recipe for Taco Seasoning. I used it to make a homemade hamburger helper. The longer I live, the less I buy store bought box dinners, pre-packaged seasonings etc.

    All I did was brown some ground Turkey, boil some whole wheat rigatoni, added two 1/2 inch slices of Velveeta and some milk along with this seasonings recipe (I did use the flour in mine) and BAM! My kids devoured it!! 

    One thing though, I left out the crushed red pepper because it would have been too spicy for my 5 year old, but I did sprinkle it on my serving…DELICIOUS!!!

    Sorry I don’t have a picture to share. It’s all gone!

    • Ali — May 20th, 2015 @ 9:57 pm

      Thank you, Valizander! I’m happy to hear you and your family loved it. Sounds yummy! : )

  4. WANDA LE BEAU — July 6, 2015 @ 6:39 pm (#)


    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 10:35 pm

      Awesome — enjoy!

  5. Meghan @ Freezer Friendly Moms — July 8, 2015 @ 2:28 pm (#)

    I just made this for dinner and it could not have been more on point!! Thank you for sharing, it’s a keeper!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 8th, 2015 @ 10:47 pm

      Thanks Meghan, that’s so sweet! We’re so happy you liked it!

  6. Heather — August 21, 2015 @ 5:12 pm (#)


    I made an adapted version of this recipe and posted it on my blog..thanks for sharing! :)


    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 24th, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

      Awesome Heather, thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Sandra Jenkins — August 25, 2015 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    In a pinch, made this tonight.  Recipe after adding all ingredients calls for 1 tsp for every 2 tsp of store bought mix.  Figuring aprox 3 tsp per ounce we added 3 tsp to start.  Mix seamed not quite there so we added a 4 th tsp.  While not quite like packaged mix it was a good substitute and would do again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 27th, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

      Thanks Sandra, we’re glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Andrea — September 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    Can you use cornstarch as a thickener for this recipe? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 11:30 am

      Hey Andrea! We’re not sure, since we haven’t tried that. We’d probably advise leaving it out, and just adding cornstarch or flour to thicken a particular recipe (just depends on what it is) – you shouldn’t need the thickener if you’re just using the seasoning for meat, for example, but for a soup or stew, sure. We hope this helps, and that you enjoy! :)

  9. Lisa Readman — September 13, 2015 @ 4:12 pm (#)

    Have you ever experimented with adding coco powder into your taco seasoning? I noticed it listed as an ingredient in some premade taco seasoning and was intrigued. I’ve mostly just stuck to this basic recipie. I would think it would only be a little. Maybe a fourth of a teaspoon?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2015 @ 8:03 am

      Hi Lisa! Hmmm we actually haven’t tried that, but should because it would probably be really good! We think it’s definitely worth experimenting with, and that 1/4 teaspoon is a great place to start. Let us know how it turns out!

  10. Charlotte — October 16, 2015 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    Went to the pantry…No Taco Seasoning! I had dinner guests coming in a few hours! What to do, what to do? No time to run to the store! I found this recipe and decided to try it. All I can say is… WOW – Just WOW! Delicious! We ate till we popped! Was the perfect recipe for a nice get together with a few friends. Perfect mix of flavors. There wasn’t any left and I made 5 pounds of taco meat! I did not have garlic powder but I used minced garlic instead. Fresh Salsa to top it all off. Yum Yum Yum! Yep, placed in my favorites box! Thank you SOOO Much! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 18th, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

      Thanks Charlotte, we’re happy you and your friends enjoyed this! :D

  11. Alyssa — December 12, 2015 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    My sister and I went to make tacos tonight and discovered she had no seasoning. I turned to pinterest and cane across this recipe and we are about to try it. We use a rotisserie chicken for a quick meal and I can’t wait to try it!!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 13th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Awesome Alyssa, we hope you guys enjoy this recipe and your tacos! :)

  12. Jeannette Hodges — December 20, 2015 @ 2:03 pm (#)

    The recipe is wonderful and I plan to use it often. Sometimes I will adjust the ingredients to get a little more heat depending on the ones I’m serving. One question I have. Some recipes call for one package of premade taco seasoning. How much of this recipe would be equal to one package?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 21st, 2015 @ 8:39 am

      Thanks Jeannette, we’re so happy you like it! There are about 2 Tbs of taco seasoning in each packet. :)

  13. Anita — January 28, 2016 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing! How much should be used? I see where you replied 2-3 TBS per pound of meat. What about for the water portion? Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 31st, 2016 @ 7:52 am

      Hi Anita, the liquid just depends on what recipe you’re doing. We’d still stick with the 2-3 TBS per pound of meat, use whatever liquid the recipe you’re using calls for, and you can always add more seasoning later, if you like. We hope that helps!

  14. Melanie G — February 7, 2016 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    Made it tonight, my toddler loved this seasoning…thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 11:03 am

      We’re so happy to hear that Melanie – thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Erin — February 16, 2016 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    With tbis homemade taco recipe how many pounds of ground beef is it for? If I need 3 pounds ground beef do I need to take the recipe and double or triple it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 10:19 am

      Hi Erin! You need 2-3 TBS seasoning per pound of meat, so if you are cooking 3 lbs of ground beef, you’ll want to use around 6-9 TBS (we’d suggest doing 6 or 7, and you can always add more if you’d like). We hope this helps!

  16. Diana — April 13, 2016 @ 6:51 am (#)

    The taco mix was easy to make and delicious! I will make my own from now on, instead of buying it from tbe store. Your mix received compliments from our family! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 13th, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

      You’re welcome Diana — we’re glad you and your family enjoyed it! :)

  17. Amanda — May 15, 2016 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    Wow!! I am amazed!! I recently started eating Paleo. I love love tacos so when I found your recipe I made it right away. I am in love. Probs gonna eat tacos allllll week! Thank you so much, Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

      Thanks Amanda — we’re so glad you enjoy it!

  18. Patricia Scott — June 21, 2016 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    What a great recipe..thanks.


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