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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is so easy you will never use store-bought packets again. Just a few spices from your spice cabinet!

Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make you will never buy it at the store again. Just a few spice from your spice rack and you're ready for tacos! 

Taco Tuesday and taco night are my favorite days – I just can’t get enough tacos. Whether making ground beef tacos, substituting with ground chicken, or even making taco dip or taco soup, I’m a happy girl.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This DIY recipe is so easy you will never want to purchase those store-bought packets again. If you’re looking to make your own taco seasoning, you’ve found a flavorful and customizable homemade taco seasoning mix. 

Say goodbye to store-bought packets filled with additives and preservatives because crafting your own seasonings has never been easier.

We’ll guide you through creating a delicious and versatile taco seasoning mix that will make you rethink ever reaching for those pre-packaged options again. 

Homemade taco seasoning gives you complete control over the ingredients and allows you to achieve the exact taste you desire.

Plus, you’ll avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives often found in store-bought seasoning packets.

Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make you will never buy it at the store again. Just a few spice from your spice rack and you're ready for tacos! 

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

You will find the ingredients for this homemade version of taco seasoning blend in your spice cabinet. These are basic spices and pantry staples. 

Chili Powder: The primary flavor base of your taco seasoning. It provides the deep, earthy, and slightly spicy notes characteristic of Mexican food.

Ground Cumin: Known for its warm, nutty, and slightly smoky flavor, cumin adds depth and richness to your seasoning.

Kosher or Sea Salt: Essential for enhancing the overall taste of your taco seasoning, ensuring it’s well-balanced and not overly salty.

Black Pepper: Provides a mild heat and a touch of pungency, complementing the other spices.

Smoked Paprika: Adds a subtle, smoky-sweet flavor and a vibrant red color to your homemade spice mix.

Crushed Red Pepper: For those who like it a bit spicier, crushed red pepper flakes introduce a fiery kick.

Onion Powder: Contributes savory and slightly sweet onion flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile.

Dried Mexican Oregano: This brings an herbal note to your taco seasoning, balancing the heat and spice.

Cayenne Pepper: Another source of heat, cayenne pepper is a powerhouse spice that can be adjusted to your desired level of spiciness.

closeup photo of taco seasoning in a clear glass bowl

How to Make Taco Seasoning at Home

Gather Your Ingredients: Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary spices and seasonings ready. You’ll need chili powder, cumin, kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, and cayenne pepper.

Mix the Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine all the specified ingredients. Make sure to blend them thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of flavors. You can use a whisk or simply stir with a spoon.

Can I adjust the spiciness of homemade taco seasoning?

Feel free to customize your seasoning mix. If you prefer a spicier taco seasoning, you can increase the amount of crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. 

Conversely, if you prefer a milder flavor, reduce these spicier ingredients. The beauty of homemade taco seasoning is the flexibility to suit your preferences.

Additional Ingredients You Can Add

You can also add additional ground spices and ingredients. Add ¼ teaspoon of any of these ingredients and adjust the next time you make your homemade blend.

Garlic Powder: Add garlic flavor to your seasoning for a robust taste.

Ground Coriander: Coriander adds a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor.

Ground Ancho Chili: For a milder and fruity chili flavor.

Ground Chipotle Chili: Brings a smoky and spicy element to the seasoning.

Ground Turmeric: For a hint of earthy flavor and vibrant color.

Dried Lime Zest: To introduce a zesty citrus aroma.

Ground Ginger: A touch of warmth and exotic flavor.

Cocoa Powder: For a subtle, rich depth of flavor in your taco seasoning.

Ground Mustard: Adds a hint of tangy, sharp flavor.

taco seasoning mix photo

Storing and Extending the Shelf Life of Taco Seasoning

To preserve the freshness and flavor of your taco seasoning, transfer it to an airtight container.

A Mason jar, spice jar, or sealable plastic bag works well. Properly sealing the container will keep your seasoning mix ready for multiple uses.

How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning

When preparing tacos or other dishes, approximately 3 tablespoons of seasoning are used for every pound of meat. You can adjust this amount based on your personal taste.

Simply sprinkle the desired quantity into your cooking as you sauté your meat and vegetables.

Taco Seasoning per Pound of Meat

For every pound of ground beef or ground turkey, you should use 2 tablespoons of diy taco seasoning mix. 

How much taco seasoning is in store-bought taco seasoning packets?

Store-bought taco seasoning packets typically contain about 1 ounce (approximately 2 tablespoons) of seasoning.

Looking for recipes to use this seasoning in? Try these:

Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make you will never buy it at the store again. Just a few spice from your spice rack and you're ready for tacos! 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: about 9 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is so easy you will never use store-bought packets again. Just a few spices from your spice cabinet!


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in an airtight container between uses. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be correct.

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Rachel Teodoro

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Just wanted you to know that I featured this on the create link inspire party. Thanks for linking up!


Tuesday 29th of August 2017

This is such a nice idea. I haven't tried making my own taco seasoning and this sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

Tracy @ Our Simple Homestead

Sunday 27th of August 2017

I just love making my own homemade seasonings. My taco seasoning recipe is a little bit different so I can't wait to try yours and see what my family says.


Saturday 26th of August 2017

I agree with you, those taco seasoning packets are awful! Way too much salt! Homemade is always better! Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday! - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen


Monday 21st of August 2017

I make my own taco seasoning with similar ingredients - only thing I don't add is oregano. Mmm wondering whether I should give it a try next time I make up a batch to see how it tastes :)


Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

If you can find Mexican oregano, use that. If not, traditional oregano works just as well!!

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