Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • This Homemade Taco Seasoning is so easy to make and tastes so much better than the store bought packets. It’s perfect to use on beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and more.

    Use this DIY taco seasoning for Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat, Taco Pasta, or use it to make chicken tacos! Just substitute the seasonings for about 2 tablespoons of this homemade version.

    Top down of taco seasoning in a jar with a measuring spoon in it.

    *Originally published June 2015. Text and photos updated.*

    Taco seasoning is what I consider to be a pantry staple. But don’t feel like you need to buy those pre-made packets. I promise this will take 5 minutes or less to make and it’s so much more budget friendly too!

    Plus you are in total control of what goes into your seasoning this way. Need to lower your sodium intake no problem! Want more heat add in more cayenne or red pepper flakes. The options are endless and this is a good base recipe to start with.

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    • Chili Powder: since this is the bulk of the seasoning I suggest buying a good quality chili powder and not the cheapest. Also, this is an American chili powder which is a blend and not a pure ground chili. (Just a note for any international readers) Chili powder will also vary in flavor from brand to brand. A pretty standard chili powder is this McCormick Chili Powder but Gebhardt Chili Powder is a good quality brand if you are looking to spend a little more.
    • Garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, oregano: these are all pretty standard taco seasoning ingredients and feel free to adjust amounts to your liking.
    • Paprika: I am using regular sweet paprika in this recipe but if you would like to change things up replace it with smoked paprika.
    • Salt and pepper: As I mentioned earlier if you are looking to lower your sodium this is where making your own mix shines because you control how much you add!
    • Cayenne pepper: feel free to make it as mild or hot as you like. The recipe below is for a mild taco seasoning. You can also add red pepper flakes too.
    A teaspoon full of taco seasoning.

    How add thickness:

    Most premade taco seasoning packets have a thickening agent in them and you add in a little water to make the taco meat a little saucy.

    If you are looking to recreate that add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the taco seasoning mix. Add 1/2 cup of water to the meat when you add your taco seasoning.

    A jar full of Homemade Taco Seasoning.

    How to store homemade taco seasoning:

    It’s best to store this in an airtight container. I like to use mason jars but a small oxo container would work well too. Or even an old spice jar!

    Store for up to 6 months for maximum freshness.

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    5 from 4 votes
    Top down of taco seasoning in a jar with a measuring spoon in it.
    Homemade Taco Seasoning
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    This Homemade Taco Seasoning is so easy to make and tastes so much better than the store bought packets. It's perfect to use on beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and more.

    Course: Seasoning
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: taco seasoning
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 43 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 3 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 4 teaspoons cumin powder
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Instructions
    1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
    Recipe Notes
    1. Use 2 tablespoons per 1 pound of meat.
    2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
    3. How add thickness: Most premade taco seasoning packets have a thickening agent in them and you add in a little water to make the taco meat a little saucy. If you are looking to recreate that add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the taco seasoning mix. Add 1/2 cup of water to the meat when you add your taco seasoning.
    4. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Taco Seasoning
    Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
    Calories 43 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 2g3%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Sodium 687mg30%
    Potassium 217mg6%
    Carbohydrates 8g3%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 2401IU48%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 53mg5%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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