Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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

This Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe fits in perfectly with how I run my life–and my kitchen.

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 — a Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe.

Making your own homemade seasonings (like this DIY Taco Seasoning) insures you will almost never be out of a seasoning you need for something you're cooking, and that means time and money saving.

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

How to Use this Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe:

There are so many ways to use taco seasoning, including:

Tacos (of course) – you will LOVE these Grain-free Taco Shells (AIP)
Tortillas (here's a great recipe for Paleo Tortillas)
Taco Salad
Sides (like rice, potatoes, etc.)

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 homemade taco seasoning recipe 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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For my spice shopping, I really like Frontier Brand. I've done taste tests and the Frontier Brands have won out every time and boy, are they reasonable! These two other companies, Bulk Herb Store and Starwest Botanicals, have good options too.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Serves Approx. ? cup     adjust servings

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.


Recipe Notes

- For a DIY Taco 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 homemade taco seasoning 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 DIY Taco Seasoning even as a standby seasoning on our table. It tastes great on veggies and loads of dishes!
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  1. This is gold! I have never thought about making my own homemade seasonings. Will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’m really digging Smoked Paprika too- but it’s expensive~! I bought a little bottle not too long ago and it was $9 which I thought was really really over the top. However I must admit that I luv it and u don’t really need much to get the sensation / taste / umami. However I like to consider myself a “Spice Witch” and I’ve never heard of nor ever encountered Smoked Cumin. WOW– I can tell you that I will absolutely be on the lookout for it now and try to snag it as soon as I’m able to find some. Onion & Garlic powder themselves do not have MSG in them but I think the poster was trying to say that the Gov’t is now using at least 7 different terms to hide MSG in foods by calling it Soy Protein Isolate or Glutamic Acid or Yeast Extract or Textured Vegetable Protein– and there are several others too so that folks won’t always be able to find it quickly. Most of us have heard of MSG’s role as a flavor enhancer. But how does this work? Concentrated free glutamic acid or MSG acts as a nerve stimulant & changes how the taste buds taste food. A yucky or even a really bad tasting food will taste fantastic when high levels of glutamic acid are introduced as a flavor enhancer.. Hope this info helps some folks…… Please, PLEASE do your research before buying anything u’re not familiar with…

    • Hi Kaysee. Thanks for commenting. The whole MSG thing is confusing. I don’t know if they are trying to hide MSG or just that they found something that tastes good and it happens to have a lot of glutamates in it? I have done a lot of reading about this and find it all to be a conundrum.

  3. Kathy Ito says:

    Just made tacos without a seasoning packet?. Best tacos ever.

  4. Christina says:

    I’m in the middle of making vegan fish tacos for dinner and needed some taco seasoning to mix with my sour cream. I found this recipe and had enough ingredients on hand to make a batch. Absolutely delicious. I did use granulated garlic and onion instead and increased those to 1 tsp each. I will definitely be making a larger batch to keep this on hand. Yum.

  5. I have enjoyed keeping bulk amounts of commercial seasonings for tacos on hand but the ingredients seem to be changing all the time and I do not trust them to hide gluten or MSG or other nastiness where ever they can. I will make this by the cup or 2 cups at a time as we like mexican flavors on lots of things. I suggest using smoked cumin and smoked paprika, the flavor is amazing.

  6. Just the other day I read an article about trans fats and it plainly stated that if the serving is small enough, and that the industry deliberately changes the size of the serving so it is, the govt. regs. do not apply when listing it as an ingredient. I would believe this about MSG in a New York minuted, especially as I am finding it as an ingredient in things that didn’t have it listed in the past.

    • Yes, they manipulate serving sizes of Splenda too so that they can label it as having less than 1 carb but if you eat what a normal person would it affects your blood sugar. I have had several people tell me about diabetic reactions after eating Splenda.

  7. Tamara Bingham says:

    Thank you! This recipe is perfect for taco seasoning!

  8. This was great. I added some tomato bouillon. Better than pkg mixes

  9. 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 :).

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!

    • Hi there. Can I ask why you think that they are full of MSG? I don’t think that is for sure the case. Thanks!

      • I am curious to know the same. There is no reason for plain garlic and onion powder to have MSG.

        • Hi Beth.

          I know there are some people spreading around things about MSG that may or may not have any substantiated data behind it. I sent some data to a physician refuting something he was telling me about free glutamates in gelatin. It went against what one of these people is saying. Hope that helps.

    • You are wrong. Onion Powder and Garlic Powder do not have MSG, I am allergic to MSG and I am a professional chef and whenever I eat things that have MSG i break out in hives and and get a headache and Onion powder and Garlic powder doesn’t do that, again there is no MSG in Onion Powder or Garlic Powder, all Garlic Powder is is dried Garlic that is ground, and Onion powder is just dried onions that’s are ground