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.

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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:

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

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Low-Carb and Paleo
Serves: Approx. ⅓ cup
This Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning is so much healthier and cheaper than the store-bought packets and tastes great on veggies, meats, and even popcorn!
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Store in a tightly closed container.
- For a seasoning with a bit more "heft" to it, add about 1 t flour or starch of choice to the mix. Of course, if you use a whole grain flour, you will want to store the resulting mixture in the refrigerator 'cause whole grains will spoil at room temp.
- Use approximately 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat (or to taste, of course. Some people may prefer 1 Tbsp, others up to 4 Tbsp).
- As with other taco seasonings, either use the mixture as is, or add approx. ¾ cup water to the beef and seasoning mixture to make a more "saucy" beef.
- You can also flavor beans, like lentils, with this mixture. About 2 cups of cooked beans will be the equivalent of one pound of ground beef.
- And as I said in my "Saving Time in the Kitchen by Baking in Bulk" post, I recommend making more of this in advance so that you have it on hand when you need it. Cook once, use two three four times or more :-)!
- We use this even as a standby seasoning on our table. It tastes great on veggies and loads of dishes!
- For my spice shopping, I really like Frontier Brand and Mountain Rose Herbs. I've done taste tests and the Frontier Brands have won out every time and boy, are they reasonable! Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of nicely priced organic products in smaller quantities. Bulk but not HUGH bulk amounts :-).


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  1. Paula-Riverton Housewives says:

    Homemade Taco Seasoning…heck yeah! We’d love for you to share this at our party!

  2. This is a great spice mix and I would love to have you share this on Thursdays at Tasty Traditions: http://myculturedpalate.com/

  3. My kids and I love this recipe and use it all the time for tacos, burritos, etc. Thank-you!

  4. Finally got around to making this seasoning. Been on my to do list forever. And I miss tacos. Plan on making the soft wraps with chickpea flour. :) haven’t had tacos for a loooong time.

  5. Been doing this recipe now for several months and am just thrilled with it! (well, we leave out the red pepper flakes because of our wee tots, but look forward to adding that in the future) Thanks!

  6. This sounds like a great taco mix! I don’t like reading the back of a seasoning packet and there are more ingredients I have never heard of than there are spices! If you are interested in sharing this further, I have a link-up party that just started.

  7. Chili powder is made of paprika, oregano, powdered red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. This taco seasoning recipe just adds more of the same! The only difference is the black pepper. So, to translate, taco seasoning would be chili powder and black pepper, no?

  8. Thanks for the recipe- we love it, the kids love it too. We found that 1 tsp of salt was plenty for this recipe, I didn’t have red pepper flakes on hand, but it was very tasty without!

  9. Brenda Dowers says:

    The Taco seasoning recipe, will it be good when I do not add the salt. My husband is on a very low-sodium diet and we are having trouble finding anything low sodium that does not cost a arm and leg..
    Any suggestions for recipes using ground beef and chicken would be greatly appreciated.
    This is new to us and we are burnt out on everything..

    • Hmmm…I wouldn’t like it that way but you could try it. I can’t medically advise, but may I ask why he is on that diet? Many say that using real salt or sea salt instead of table salt can actually be fine for many who have been told they can’t have salt, but of course, please contact your physician about that. What are you hoping for re: beef and chicken? I have some recipes on this page that you might like: http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/

      Specifically the Kima and Chili Mac and Hamburger Helper might be of interest. Blessings!

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

  11. 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)

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. danny pace says:

    i will never buy seasoning in a packet again love it

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

  16. Love this recipe

  17. Hi, I need an answer quick. I’m making this taco mix for Christmas presents. i am wondering if you met tsp measurement for the cumin rather than Tlbsp because all the measurements surrounding this are written for tsp. Usually Tablespoons and teaspoon measurements are grouped together. Please let me know.


    • Hello Rebecca. I have made this recipe over and over and it’s been great so go with the 1 Tbsp. Hope you and the recipients enjoy it. We love cumin. Good point on the grouping. I will change that :)!

  18. This was really, really good. I tried a different homemade taco seasoning recipe before that was supposedly for kids, but that one ended up being too spicy and strong for my kiddos. I only put in a little of the red pepper flakes, and it turned out the perfect heat. I used about 4 tbs of the seasoning for 1lb of ground beef, but my family may just like it stronger. This is definitely a keeper.

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