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This DIY taco seasoning recipe is quick and easy to whip up, and works great as a seasoning on everything from tacos to veggies, meat, seafood, rice, beans, soups, salads and more.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Getting ready to make a recipe that calls for taco seasoning, but don’t have a jar on hand?

No worries — just mix up a quick batch of this homemade taco seasoning! ♡

All you need is a handful of spices that you likely already have in your pantry. Simply whisk them all together, store in a sealed spice jar, and use whenever you are ready!

This homemade taco seasoning is — of course — fantastic when used to season the meat, seafood, veggies or beans in your favorite taco recipe. But don’t forget that it can also be used a million other ways as well! I’m especially partial to using taco seasoning to flavor Mexican rice or a side of black beans. It works great as a rub for steak, chicken, fish or shrimp, especially during summertime grilling season. I also often sprinkle it in soups or add it to a vinaigrette when I’m craving a zesty salad. And if you’re feeling adventurous — trust me on this one — it’s actually surprisingly delicious when sprinkled on popcorn too!

However you use it, this homemade taco seasoning recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket. So go raid your spice drawer, and let’s make a quick batch together!

Homemade Taco Seasoning IngredientsHomemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients:

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

  • Chili powder: Please note that this is American-style chili powder, which includes a mix of spices. (International readers, it is fairly mild and not cayenne. ♡)
  • Ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and dried oregano: Pretty straight-forward.
  • Paprika: I prefer to use smoked paprika, but you could also use standard or sweet paprika if you prefer.
  • Salt and black pepper: I used fine sea salt and finely-ground black pepper for this recipe.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes: To add a bit of heat. If you prefer a milder taco seasoning, you can leave these out. Or if you don’t have crushed red pepper flakes on hand, you could also sub in a pinch of cayenne.

 

How To Make Taco Seasoning

How To Make Taco Seasoning:

To make homemade taco seasoning, simply…

  1. Combine the ingredients.  Combine everything together in a small jar, cover and shake until evenly combined.
  2. Store. A batch of homemade taco seasoning should last you about a year!

Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

Description

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!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  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.


Notes

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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306 comments on “Taco Seasoning”

  1. Made this to add to a bland-looking flauta recipe. It was perfect – and would be for its intended purpose too. Thanks!

  2. The best taco seasoning without all the salt it’s wonderful

  3. This is my second time using this recipe… I 3x it to store in a glass bottle for future times.
    It’s wonderful on the ground beef recipe with rice for burrito’s or stuffed bell peppers or without for taco or nacho dip. YUMMY! Thank you for the recipe.

  4. It was alright. Kind of bland. I ended up adding more salt and garlic powder

  5. Absolutely zero flavor! I am confused by the ratings. The store bought taco seasoning is better. I added more of some of the spices, but it was too late I suppose. There was no recovering this dish…wasted my organic meat!!! Recipe definitely needs revamping!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. i didnt have paprika on hand but made it anyway. tripled the batch. i have to get a glass jar so using a clean plastic mayo jar. is it ok to not have the paprika in it? let me know

  7. Hi! How much of this seasoning do you use per 1 pound of ground beef? Thanks so much for all of your lovely recipes!

  8. Perfect! Just smell it and you know it’s like the package mix without the fillers.everyone loved it.

  9. I have 1.19 lb of meat to cook do i add this whole seasoning it seems like a lot. I did make the 1x option

  10. How much for 2 lbs of burger

    • Like others, I “just knew” that I had everything I needed to make nachos. Discovering I was out of taco seasoning, I desperately searched for online guidance. I had all the spices/herbs needed, and a nearly empty garlic powder jar. Perfect!
      My husband doesn’t like spiciness, so no hot peppers. Not wanting to overpower the venison taste, I only used 1T mix to 1# meat. (I had some tasty salsa that added the kick that I like later.)
      Although there are taco spice packets out there without MSG, I love being in control of my own ingredients, especially the sodium.
      Thank you for your recipe.

  11. Very yummy! Came through in a pinch when I didn’t have a seasoning packet.

  12. Sorry, bland. Used entire batch for 1lb.

  13. I don’t buy commercial brands anymore! I bookmarked this site so that I have the recipe every time I make tacos. My husband loves it. It has a spicy kick too.

  14. This was great for me but,It seemed bland to my mom so i added a bit of maple syrup.. the sweet rounded it out to be a little more like store bought, and brought out some more of the flavor without adding more of the hotter spices

  15. I followed this recipe exactly and added 2 Tbsp of it to 1 lb of ground beef. Like other reviews, I added more salt, plus a little more garlic powder (because I love garlic 😋). I mixed the dry ingredients into the cooked ground beef and then added ½ can of Rotel and all of the liquid. My tacos were delicious!