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 pantry staples, from non dairy milks (like Easiest Almond Milk and this Easiest Coconut Milk), Powdered Egg Replacer, Easy Homemade Ketchup, Homemade Salad Dressings, and more.

But one thing that I really get a kick out of (yes, I really get into this) is making my own homemade seasonings.

Over the years, we’ve found or developed quite a few of them including chili powder, celery salt, this all-purpose seasoning and this Dorito® seasoning, but today I’m sharing a new one with you — Homemade Taco 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.  So I had no taco seasoning in the house — and on our budget (and with our food sensitivities and life-threatening food allergies), eating out is not a pleasurable or viable option so heading out for tacos wasn’t going to happen.

Basically it’s not my idea of a fun time to pay about $15 for my son to get a plain chicken breast and a side of steamed veggies.

Just have a few meals like that and pretty soon eating out loses its appeal.

Anyhow, 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.

And it’s very easy to recreate in a flash.

Why Make Your Own Seasoning Blends?

Why indeed?  Isn’t it easier to just buy those pre-made blends at the store?

Easy in one way, but here is why I love making my own spice blends.

  • 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)
  • Have Fun with Kids – making seasoning blends is an easy way to involve your kids in the kitchen 🙂
  • Freshness – making your own seasoning blends ensures you use up your spices more quickly so spices will get old less frequently

How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning:

We’ve used this Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend on:

Tacos (of course) – you will LOVE these Grain-free Taco Shells (AIP)
Taco Salad
Veggies
Salad
Popcorn
Chicken
Beef
Fish
Sides (like rice, potatoes, etc.)
Veggies

It’s great on so many things!

Convinced?  I thought so.

Oh, and if you have a loved one or friend on the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol or Autoimmune Paleo) Diet, here is my tasty AIP Taco Seasoning Recipe.  You will love it whether or not you are on a special diet.

So now on to the recipe for homemade taco seasoning that tastes great on so many things…..

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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4.8 from 5 reviews
Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
 
Author:
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!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Store in a tightly closed container.
Notes
- 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 :-).

 

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

Or more Homemade Seasonings like:

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

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  1. Keto Girl says:

    The problem with this is that it states no MSG or preservatives!!! However, garlic & onion powder are both full of MSG! No, it’s not listed on the label. However, we have learned that if the serving size is small enough, they don’t have to list certain ingredients. So, a better bet is to get dried minced garlic. as it doesn’t need to be preserved the way that garlic powder does, and throw it in your food processor!! Enjoy!!!

  2. Tried this tonight for chicken tacos and worked great! While I prefer the convience of pre mixed seasonings (due to health issues), it worked great for having it on hand for when I run out.

    • Fabulous, Stacey! I guess if you make a lot at one time it won’t take much more time than buying it at the store. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know when you aren’t well even little things are hard. Hope you can heal.

  3. There’s something about packaged mixes that makes me hate the taste. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s very distinct and ruins the taste for me. I’ve tried this recipe (and leave out the oregano b/c I don’t like it) and love it. It gives me great tacos without that yucky taste from packaged mixes. Thanks!!

  4. This recipe is amazing! I used it for ground turkey tacos and it’s addicting! I’m never buying a packet of taco seasoning ever again. I cut out half the salt. Also I didn’t add I onion powder or garlic powder because I was cooking this with onions and minced garlic. Very very delicious.

  5. Hi ! I don’t understand why you made a taco seasoning recipe if it is the same mix of spices that you used in the chili powder ( cumin , paprika , oregano , garlic powder , onion powder, salt …) ??!

    I mean it’s quite the same , I’m not trying to be rude 🙂 I’m french and kind of interesting in mexican food 🙂
    thanks you

    • Hi Anna. The Taco Seasoning uses the Chili as a base, which is fairly typical. And the chili is similar b/c I tried to make it without the typical chilis since they are not something most people have in their pantry. I hope that explains :).

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