Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning! Ditch the overpriced teensy packets with all kinds of chemical nasties--whip up this simple yummy seasoning instead!


I just love making my own homemade seasonings.  Like chili powder, celery salt, this all-purpose seasoning and an amazing Dorito® seasoning.

Making your own seasonings insures you will almost never be out of a seasoning you need for something you’re cooking.

For example, just the other day, I had a craving for taco salad, but hadn’t made taco meat in years!  And on our budget (and with our food sensitivities and life-threatening food allergies), eating out is not a viable option.

It’s frustrating to find yourself excited to cook something only to find yourself missing what you need.  Sometimes you can find an easy substitute, but other times, like in the case of taco seasoning, you just need to have exactly what the recipe calls for.

So I got to work in the kitchen and tried out a few recipes and came up with one that fits the bill.

Why Make Your Own Seasoning Blends?

  • you have control over the ingredients (no icky MSG type stuff or allergenic ingredients.  For those of you with milk allergies, did you know that many taco seasonings have lactose, milk sugar, in them?)
  • save money (individual seasonings are cheaper than blends)
  • save more money (use up individual seasonings faster so you can buy in bulk)
  • save even MORE money (have you seen the prices of those packaged “Taco Seasoning” mixes at the grocery store?  Ugh!
  • save money and time (no last minute trips to the store to get something that you can easily make yourself)
  • making seasoning blends is an easy way to involve your kids in the kitchen :-)

Convinced?  I thought so.  So now on to the recipe:

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 How about you?  Do you have a favorite seasoning blend that you would like a recipe for?

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  1. What do you mean by more “heft” to the seasoning? Sorry if this is obvious- I’m new to chili spices and taco meat

  2. Made this for the first time last week and LOOOOOVED IT!! I’ll never ever ever buy taco seasoning again. This is so easy and absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing! :o)

  3. Very tasty! I almost had enough chili powder and used 1/4 cayenne pepper to supplement. Whew! Gave it a big ol’ kick! Next time I’ll have enough chili powder. Very good!

  4. I made this up weeks ago, but had yet to cook with it. I made the most banging fajitas with it!! Seriously – I usually cook ahead, but I just ate the entire recipe of fajitas for all three meals in one day. (I’m not proud, but am deliciously full.)

    I substituted a small amount of cayenne for the red pepper flakes, and I *think* I reduced the salt. (It’s been a while, sorry.) I just mixed that up with some cornstarch, about 1TBSP for 2TBSP taco seasoning, I think.

  5. danny pace says:

    i will never buy seasoning in a packet again love it

  6. Just made this. So good. The right amount of zip!