Taco Seasoning Mix

It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.

Make your own taco seasoning mix with simple pantry spices. Done in minutes and so much more flavorful than the store-bought packets.

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*Update: this post has been updated since its original post date in 2011. Photos and text have been updated but the recipe remains the same.

As you can probably tell by now, I’m kind of obsessed with making my own seasoning mixes and rubs. It’s just so easy and you have complete control over the flavor and spice level.

That is especially true with this homemade Taco Seasoning Mix.

It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.

So Easy to Make at Home

You will never buy another package of taco seasoning again after trying this simple homemade version.  Not only is it super cheap to make but it tastes fresher than any store bought packet. 

Another bonus: there aren’t any weird ingredients, chemicals or “natural flavors.”

My favorite thing about making this recipe is being able to decide on the spice factor. If I’m making it for the whole family I make the recipe as it is written.

But if it’s just for adults I may add a little extra chili powder or a few pinches of cayenne pepper to add more spice.

It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.

Ingredients for Taco Seasoning Mix

  • Chili powder: This makes up a large part of the seasoning mix so make sure to use a good quality chili powder. You can buy different spice levels of chili powder so keep that in mind when you are shopping. I like a medium chili powder for a little spiciness.
  • Cumin: I am all about the cumin. It adds delicious smokiness to the mix and tons of flavor.
  • Garlic powder: Brings all the flavor.
  • Onion powder: Adds a yummy onion flavor to the seasoning mix.
  • Dried oregano: Adds an aromatic, earthy flavor.
  • Paprika: More smokiness comes through because of the paprika. It also adds a gorgeous color to the mix.
It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.

It’s Always Taco Time

This recipe uses super simple, common pantry staples that I’m betting you already have at home. And if you don’t they are easy to pick up at any grocery store on your next food run.

Once you have all your ingredients collected simply mix it up and store it in an airtight container. You can keep it stored this way for up to 9 months.

You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning per 1 pound of meat so assuming you make that amount for dinner this recipe will make you tacos 4 times.

If you’re a big taco fan, double or triple the recipe below to make taco night even easier.

It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.

More Seasoning Mixes to Try:

It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.
It is so easy to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix at home with simple, common spices. You can control the salt and spice level too.
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Taco Seasoning Mix

Skip the store and make your own taco seasoning mix with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. So much more flavor and none of the bad stuff.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: taco seasoning
Author: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp. cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix together all the ingredients and store in an airtight container. We like 2 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of ground meat.

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4 comments

  1. Thanks! It’s easy enough to make, and it’ll be very usufull

  2. I love homemade season mixes, so that I know exactly what is in them. I will sure try your Taco Seasoning it looks great! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. […] lb. ground turkey 8 ounces of  canned refried beans (1/2 a can) 8 ounces tomato sauce 1 batch homemade taco seasoing (or half if you like things less spicy) 3/4 cup shredded cheese Approximately 10-12 hard taco […]

  4. […] large sweet potatoes, baked 1 lb. ground turkey 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix 1 (15 oz.) black beans 1 garlic clove, smashed 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. salt […]

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