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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227 comments on “Taco Seasoning”

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

  2. How much do you use per lb. of hamburger, and how much water also per lb. of hamburger, to make regular taco meat?

  3. 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!

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  10. I just made this for dinner and it could not have been more on point!! Thank you for sharing, it’s a keeper!

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  16. Hi!

    I made an adapted version of this recipe and posted it on my blog..thanks for sharing! :)


  17. 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.

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  20. Can you use cornstarch as a thickener for this recipe? 

    • 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! :)

  21. 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?

    • 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!

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  24. 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! 

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  26. My sister and I went to make tacos tonight and discovered she had no seasoning. I turned to pinterest and cane across this recipe and we are about to try it. We use a rotisserie chicken for a quick meal and I can’t wait to try it!!! 

  27. The recipe is wonderful and I plan to use it often. Sometimes I will adjust the ingredients to get a little more heat depending on the ones I’m serving. One question I have. Some recipes call for one package of premade taco seasoning. How much of this recipe would be equal to one package?

    • Thanks Jeannette, we’re so happy you like it! There are about 2 Tbs of taco seasoning in each packet. :)

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  31. Thanks for sharing! How much should be used? I see where you replied 2-3 TBS per pound of meat. What about for the water portion? Thanks! 

    • Hi Anita, the liquid just depends on what recipe you’re doing. We’d still stick with the 2-3 TBS per pound of meat, use whatever liquid the recipe you’re using calls for, and you can always add more seasoning later, if you like. We hope that helps!

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  33. Hi there, thanks for the recipe. I just made tacos today for lunch using your recipe (with a few changes). I also whipped up some obligatory guacamole and salsa as garnishes. They were positively scrumptious. Thanks!

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  35. Made it tonight, my toddler loved this seasoning…thank you!

  36. With tbis homemade taco recipe how many pounds of ground beef is it for? If I need 3 pounds ground beef do I need to take the recipe and double or triple it?

    • Hi Erin! You need 2-3 TBS seasoning per pound of meat, so if you are cooking 3 lbs of ground beef, you’ll want to use around 6-9 TBS (we’d suggest doing 6 or 7, and you can always add more if you’d like). We hope this helps!

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  42. The taco mix was easy to make and delicious! I will make my own from now on, instead of buying it from tbe store. Your mix received compliments from our family! Thank you!

    • You’re welcome Diana — we’re glad you and your family enjoyed it! :)

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  46. Wow!! I am amazed!! I recently started eating Paleo. I love love tacos so when I found your recipe I made it right away. I am in love. Probs gonna eat tacos allllll week! Thank you so much, Ali!

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  49. What a great recipe..thanks.

  50. Hello , I’m french and in my country I can’t found chili powder , it is a mix of different spices or just one specific spice ?
    Thanks you :)

    • Hello Anais! Chili powder is usually a blend of ground chiles and other spices. If you’re unable to find some, here is a recipe you could try: We hope this helps!