Taco Seasoning

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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.  And it’s also perfect for gifting to your taco-loving friends.

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

Homemade Taco Seasoning IngredientsHomemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients:

To make this homemade taco seasoning recipe, you will need the following spices:

  • chili powder (*note that this is American-style chili powder, which is a mix of spices and not cayenne)
  • ground cumin
  • garlic powder
  • paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)
  • dried oregano
  • onion powder
  • fine sea salt
  • black pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes (or a pinch of ground cayenne)


How To Make Taco Seasoning

How To Make Taco Seasoning:

To make homemade taco seasoning, simply…

  1. Combine the ingredients.  Combine them in a small jar and shake or stir until evenly combined.
  2. Seal and store.  Cover with a lid and store for up to 1 year.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 tablespoons 1x


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. Combine ingredients. Add all of the ingredients to a small jar and stir (or shake) until evenly combined.
  2. Store.  Use immediately or cover and store for up to 1 year.


Chili powder: Please note that this recipe uses American-style chili powder, which is actually a blend of spices and very different than cayenne (as well as many other types of chili powders sold internationally).

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you! Your taco seasoning mix is great ❤️

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  4. Wow so good!

  5. I added a 1/2 tsp of arrowroot powder to thicken while cooking. Turned out perfect.

  6. Only thing I’d like to know is how much water do you add to it I know like in a taco seasoning packet from the store it’s like 2/3 of a cup from this recipe I don’t know.