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Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Skip the fillers and make taco seasoning at home!

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

Years ago when I started reading the labels on the back of food products I remember being shocked the vast majority of the time. Especially on items that were seemingly so simple. You’d never assume there was anything except what you thought should be inside. Oh, but there was. Case in point: taco seasoning.

If you flip a store bought packet of taco seasoning over and read the backside you’ll find unnecessary ingredients ranging from whey (dairy) to cornstarch, potato starch, caramel color, natural colors, sugar and various preservatives. Yep, that’s what’s in that little old packet. A heck of a lot of filler.

The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to make your own taco seasoning at home and once you do, you’ll never need to buy those overly priced packets again.

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

What’s in Taco Seasoning?

My taco seasoning mix is made from chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, organo, salt and pepper. Making taco seasoning at home allows you to not only tweak the flavor profile to your preference, but it’s of course naturally gluten-free, grain-free and paleo. That’s because the only ingredients included in this taco seasoning recipe is what you’d expect to find – spices!

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

How to Make Taco Seasoning

Just stir all of the spices together in a small bowl. The recipe I’ve listed below equates to approximately 2 tablespoons, which is the perfect amount for one pound of ground beef. But I usually quadruple this recipe and then store in these glass spice jars.

If you’ve watched my YouTube videos, you know that these spice jars match my Simply Organic spice jars perfectly. Then, I use an extra fine tip water-based paint pen to write a label. Homemade taco seasoning….super easy.

As a SoCal girl I love my Mexican food and from the recipes on this website you’ve probably gathered I’m quite the connoisseur. In fact, this taco seasoning mix is the same one that I’ve used on my Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats and Taco Soup recipes. But it’s such a staple in my spice drawer that I felt it deserved it’s own recipe page.

Enjoy!

This homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. Did you know store bought packets may contain dairy, cornstarch, preservatives and sugar? Ditch the nasties and make taco seasoning at home!

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Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is super easy, fresh and inexpensive. It’s perfect for all your Mexican-inspired recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Mix all the spices together in a bowl. Use immediately or store in an airtight container.

Lisa's Tips

You can easily double, triple or quadruple this recipe to make a larger batch. Then, in the future just use two tablespoons of your taco seasoning mix per one pound of ground beef.

I don’t add any onion powder to this mix because I typically add freshly diced onions to ground beef recipes. But feel free to add that spice as well, if you’d like.

To see inside my own spice drawer, don’t forget to watch my spice drawer organization video.

For another delicious homemade seasoning, check out my brisket dry rub.

Nutrition Information

Yield: Approx 2 tbsp, Serving Size: 1 recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 46.7
  • Total Fat: 1.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 852.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 0.8g
  • Protein: 2.2g
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23 comments on “Taco Seasoning”

  1. Awesome! Thank you

    Rating: 5
  2. I made the taco soup or it was actually more mince meat but it was delicious. The taco spice mix is a go to. Amazing.

    Rating: 5
  3. I’m not a very good cook yet so for clarification is the chili powder a plain ancho or cayenne or the premixed chili powder that has some of the other stuff in it?
    (I stumbled on your site yesterday and am so happy I did!! Can’t wait to try out all sorts of recipes on here!!)
    Thank you so much!!

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  5. You might consider adding a wee bit of dutch processed chocolate powder to this recipe. I find it adds depth to this mix. For the amount you have here I’d suggest one quarter of a teaspoon to experiment with. I am looking forward to learning more from your work. Thanks for sharing with ll of us.

  6. This is brilliant!! I love creating my own spices blend too and this helps a lot as you can control the ingredients.

  7. i love making my own spice blends! It really is frightening looking at the ingredients in a simple spice blend!! Why? It’s terrible!

  8. Lovely flavor combinations! amazing clicks too

  9. I’m Mexican, and yes, this recipe is spot on.

  10. I love all these flavors!

  11. Just wondering how spicy this is? Would it be suitable for young children unused to much heat (I usually use Old El Paso).

    • Hi Liz – I don’t think it’s spicy and my niece and nephew (ages 11 and 13) love it on their taco meat. But what you could do is mix up a batch and just use half of it the first time (with one pound of ground beef), to see how they respond. :) x

  12. Just mixed a batch and used to coat chicken breast. Yummy! Plan to use the rest to whip up some taco soup.