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”

  1. How do you use this???

    • Hi Paola! You just add it to ground pork, chicken, turkey, or beef that you want to make tacos or taco salad with. You should use 2-3 TBS seasoning per pound of meat. We hope this helps!

  2. I would love to try this but it doesn’t say how much water to add to the seasoning. I have looked through the comments and didn’t see anything there either. Can you please help? Thanks

    • Hi Alexis! You use 2-3 TBS of seasoning per pound of meat and 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!

    • Just add it to the meat without water. Homemade taco seasoning I never use water it’s better that way.

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  5. how many pounds of beef is this recipe for? thanks

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  8. Trying this tonight!!!! 

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  11. I noticed asterisks in the recipe ingredients, but I couldn’t find the associated information. I’m thinking the chili powder might refer to using a combination of three as described earlier. I’m guessing the red pepper flakes may refer to adjust as needed.

    Also, I believe the use is 2-3 Tbsp per pound of meat which is repeated several times in the comments, however, the response on July 19th, 2014 @ 4:07 pm was 3-4 Tbsp. Was the latter an error, or am I misunderstanding something? Thanks for the clarification.

    • Wish I had an answer, just thanking you for pointing out the asterisks did not lead anywhere. That’s frustrating!

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  13. I think most people are asking about how much water to add to use this as a replacement for a seasoning packet. I make this in bulk, storing in a canning jar. I use 2 heaping Tbss per pound of meat and add in 1/2 to 2/3 c of water, which will all cook off in the end. But it really helps in blending the spices into the meat. I also substitute 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper for the red pepper flakes because my family likes a kick.

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  18. Thank you so much for sure an awesome recipe!!!…not only does it taste great, it saves a bunch of dollars cuz you don’t have to buy the packages…I believe I can make this for the price of 1/4 the price of packages…love that you give suggestions, especially adjusting the salt and the heat levels…just ate 3 tacos using this recipe and all I can say is “WOW!!!”…I made small tacos with the meat and small amount of cheese…this is a keeper…I will be making a triple batch and seal in jar using my Food Saver to have a good seal to keep it fresh…oh my, I think I hear another taco calling to me!!!

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  20. I, too, make my own seasoning mixes. I haven tried using onion and garlic powders, I plan to try your recipe. 

    I use cornmeal if I want a thickener. Sometimes I find me a fine-ground cornmeal which I prefer. But the regular cornmeal works just five!

  21. 4 stars
    Omg, very good for tacos. Used with boco. No salt added. Thank you.

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  23. 5 stars
    This has become a pantry staple for us. We mix it with a pound of grass-fed ground beef to use in tacos or on taco salad. If there is fat that cooks off, I drain that off and add less than 1/4 cup of water. It’s perfect and we know exactly what it is in it! We make a large batch (the recipe X4) and use it within a few months. We absolutely love it! And we have shared it with everyone!

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  25. 5 stars
    My only suggestion: double the recipe. It’s so easy and tasty. I would not but a prepackaged mix again. I use it with ground turkey meat for taco salads. I also put it in a quick dressing (plain yogurt, milk, salsa) recipe that I found on The Yummy Life.

  26. 5 stars
    I’ve probably made this recipe 30+ times in the last two years. It is AMAZING and my family loves it. Sometimes I play around with using smoked paprika or chipotle chile pepper to mix it up, but it’s always wonderful!

  27. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Thanks for the customizable suggestion. I’ll never buy a packet again :)

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  29. 5 stars
    Loved it! It was easy to tweak. I added it to one pound of meat and some blended tomatoes. Thank you – I knew to turn to you for great mexican inspired ideas.

  30. 5 stars
    Every recipe I make from your site is amazing! I love this easy and yummy taco seasoning! Thank you for such great recipes!!

  31. 4 stars
    Makes good hamburger seasoning as well for some good burgers

  32. 5 stars
    I know this is super old, but I use this as my base for my taco seasoning. I have a jar full, thank you so much!!

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  36. 5 stars
    Love this taco mix. I have used it for a couple of years and refuse to buy the packets. I normally quadruple
    the recipe so I don’t have to make it so often, it doesn’t seem to last long in our house.

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  39. 5 stars
    I made this for a homemade taco pizza. It turned out very well.
    I multiplied the ingredients by 5 so that I will have a stash for future dinners. I also added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to my batch that was quintupled. I added a bit of boiling water to make a paste, which is always preferable to just dumping the dry ingredients in.

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  41. 5 stars
    This was a great and flavorful recipe!

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  44. 5 stars
    I made the taco seasoning and used it in taco soup. It was very good.

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  47. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. Trying to stay away from pre- packaged foods and eat healthier. Making my own seasoning helps me control the salt. This is a good recipe. We’ve made it before.

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  50. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! I will NEVER use store bought again! Thank you!