Taco Seasoning

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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

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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247 comments on “Taco Seasoning”

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

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

  4. 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. 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?

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

  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.

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

  11. 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!

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

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

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  20. 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?

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

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  32. 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. :)

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

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

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

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  49. 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

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