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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Looking for more ways to save money and have control over ingredients? How about:

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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. A couple of my recipes (for example, taco soup) say to put in 1 PACKET of taco seasoning. How many tbs of your mix wuld I put in? Thanks

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Pinned it.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  3. I love make it yourself spice mixes! Thanks for sharing!

    I would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesday next week! In the meantime, we’d love to have you stop by and vote for your favorite post on our People’s Choice Awards!

  4. Grate recipe. I wil try to make this for a fathersgift for my husband before bbq season, together with some glaze.
    Pinned this :)

  5. Great idea and so healthy compared to store bought mixes, I would love to have you come link to my Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s each week! http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2012/12/30/show-me-your-plaid-mondays-4/

  6. Yum please share! I would love for you to visit my linky party going on now at http://wallisfarmsdailywalk.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post.html

    Have a great day!

  7. Paula-Riverton Housewives says:

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

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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!

  15. 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!