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. Kathryn — January 16, 2014 @ 6:35 am (#)

    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!

  2. Kristi — January 16, 2014 @ 7:08 am (#)

    I love the idea of making seasonings at home.

  3. Madison — January 16, 2014 @ 7:22 am (#)

    Yes! I cannot wait to make this. Economical!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 16, 2014 @ 7:51 am (#)

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

  5. cheryl — January 16, 2014 @ 8:18 am (#)

    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?

    • Ali — July 19, 2014 @ 4:07 pm (#)

      Hi Cheryl,

      I would use about 3-4 tablespoons of the taco seasoning per pound of meat. Good luck!


  6. Tiffany — January 16, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

    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. :)

  7. Haley — January 16, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

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

  8. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — January 16, 2014 @ 11:32 am (#)

    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.

  9. JC Whitaker — January 16, 2014 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    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.

  10. BeckyA — January 16, 2014 @ 8:52 pm (#)

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

  11. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — January 16, 2014 @ 9:54 pm (#)

    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!

  12. Nutmeg Nanny — January 21, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#)

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

  13. Shannon — February 3, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

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

  14. Adam Schoales — March 11, 2014 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    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?

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 3:32 pm (#)

      Yes, that would work! Good luck!

  15. Kelly — March 29, 2014 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    Do you think one batch is equal to a packet?

  16. Sandra — January 23, 2015 @ 7:06 pm (#)

    Was thinking of making up some crock pot meals to freeze and one of them called for taco seasoning packets, which I don’t have. Found this recipe and tried it out on some ground turkey I had stored in the fridge and OMG I can not thank you enough for this. It’s really good, quick to make and taste like the packets. I used 1/4 c water to the recipe and it came out perfect. :)

  17. Kerri — April 21, 2015 @ 11:50 am (#)

    Not sure how much to use per pound of meat?  Can you specify please?  Thank you

  18. Kerri — April 21, 2015 @ 11:52 am (#)

    Sorry… No need to reply as I have read previous comments. Should have done that to start with! Lol

  19. samantha — April 22, 2015 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    this seasoning was really fast to throw together!! :)

  20. LJRobins — May 2, 2015 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    I’ve been on a diet for a month & finding recipes I can use & not feel cheated is hard. This one I’ll use & can’t wait to try your taco seasoning recipe. Thanks you for sharing

    • Ali — May 3, 2015 @ 9:50 am (#)

      Thanks Laura, I hope you like it!

  21. Suzi — May 5, 2015 @ 5:21 pm (#)

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

  22. 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 13, 2015 @ 10:41 am (#)

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

  23. 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 20, 2015 @ 9:57 pm (#)

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

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


    • Ali — July 6, 2015 @ 10:35 pm (#)

      Awesome — enjoy!

  25. 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 8, 2015 @ 10:47 pm (#)

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

  26. 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 24, 2015 @ 12:48 pm (#)

      Awesome Heather, thanks for sharing with us!

  27. 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 27, 2015 @ 12:25 pm (#)

      Thanks Sandra, we’re glad you enjoyed it!

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

    Can you use cornstarch as a thickener for this recipe? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15, 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! :)

  29. 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 14, 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!

  30. 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 18, 2015 @ 12:26 pm (#)

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


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