Homemade Taco Seasoning

January 16, 2014 by Ali

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!


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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: About 3 Tbsp.


  • 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.

 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


About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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29 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. Do you think one batch is equal to a packet?

    - Kelly

  2. Just whipped this up as I was planning to make tacos this week and figured why not try something from scratch rather than relying on seasoning packs.

    But curious: I normally use a seasoning pack which looks like it’s about 1/3 of a cup which you add to cooked ground beef and a cup of water. Would this work in a similar fashion? Just cook up the beef, add a cup of water and a 1/3 cup of seasoning (which seems to be a double batch of the amount listed above).

    Any thoughts?

    - Adam Schoales

  3. Sounds delicious! How much of the taco seasoning per pound of meat? I don’t want to over do it.

    - Shannon

  4. I just love making my own taco seasoning, thanks for this recipe :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  5. OMG I love your pictures! How fun! I am with you on the “make your own taco seasoning” train. I can’t wait to try yours!

    - Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

  6. Looks yummy & can’t wait to try it! How many TBSP. of taco season per lb. of meat?

    - BeckyA

  7. Hi Ali, I tried you Taco Seasoning out tonight by adding some to my my Hamburger Mix because I was working on having burgers tonight and I saw your email and said why not. I tried a little on 2 burgers and I have to be honest, they were delicious. Probably could have use just a little Cayenne Pepper maybe but your seasoning did a number on those burgers.Thank you.

    - JC Whitaker

  8. I am definitely going to make this! It is so hard to find pre-packaged taco seasonings that don’t contain a bunch of preservatives and CRAP. I can’t wait to try this.

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  9. I’m now compelled to make my own taco seasonings!

    - Haley

  10. I always make my own seasoning, too. However, I never keep it in a jar. I just grab the spices and “shake” some into my meat for tacos. :)

    - Tiffany

  11. if you were to season one pound of ground beef for tacos, would you use the whole amount of the recipe? If not how much would you use?

    - cheryl

  12. I just organized my spice pantry and realized I never need to buy these spices again!! Clearly I need to make more Mexican food.

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  13. Yes! I cannot wait to make this. Economical!

    - Madison

  14. I love the idea of making seasonings at home.

    - Kristi

  15. What excellent timing! I’ve planned tacos for tonight and was going to whip a batch of taco seasoning at the same time – I’m pretty sure I have all of these in my pantry too!

    - Kathryn