Homemade Taco Seasoning

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    This homemade taco seasoning takes only 8 simple ingredients and less than 5 minutes to make! Easy, flavorful and cost effective. You’ll never go back to store-bought again!

    Mexican food is a family favorite that we make almost every week at our house. That’s why I love having this easy taco seasoning on hand. We use it all the time when making one pot burrito bowls, taco soup, Mexican stuffed shells, taco lasagna and enchilada pasta.

    taco seasoning recipe

    Once your make your own homemade taco seasoning, you won’t ever go back! It is so easy to make and adds so much flavor to any Mexican dish. Plus it’s way more cost effective too. A packet costs around a dollar, so it’s way cheaper to make your own at home.

    This is a mild seasoning, however you can easily adjust the spices based on your family’s preference. I love to double or even triple the recipe so that we always have some on hand. We make Mexican food quite often and especially love to use it on taco meat when making tacos, taco lettuce wraps, taco salad or taco lasagna. It also tastes great on shredded chicken, too!

    how to make taco seasoning


    The seasoning requires only 8 simple spices…most of which are everyday spices that you probably already have at home. The flavor is on the mild side, however feel free to kick it up a notch by adding more chili powder or sprinkling in some red pepper flakes.

    • Chili powder
    • Ground cumin
    • Salt
    • Black pepper
    • Paprika
    • Garlic powder
    • Onion powder
    • Dried oregano

    How to make taco seasoning

    1. Mix together spices. Add all spices to a small bowl and mix together.
    2. Store. Store in an airtight container.

    How much homemade taco seasoning equals one packet?

    This recipe makes around 3 Tablespoons. A standard store-bought packet of taco seasoning has about 2 Tablespoons, so this homemade recipe makes a little bit more.

    If making 1 pound of meat, I’d suggest using 2 Tablespoons of the homemade seasoning. If you’d like to use all of the seasoning, use 1.5 pounds of meat.

    homemade taco seasoning

    Storage + shelf life

    To store, simply place in an airtight container or jar covered with a lid. I’ve found that mason jars work great for storing. I often double or triple this recipe to easily have on hand for later use.

    What’s so great about this recipe is that it will literally keep for years! Ground and dried herbs have a long shelf life and since this recipe is made of both – it does too! Just make sure to store properly and it will stay fresh for about 1-2 years.

    homemade taco seasoning

    Taco Seasoning Recipe

    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: homemade taco seasoning
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Servings: 20
    Calories: 4
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Homemade Taco Seasoning - Only 8 simple ingredients and less than 5 minutes to make! Easy, flavorful and cost effective. You'll never go back to store-bought again! 


    • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


    • Mix together the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and red pepper flakes (optional) in a small bowl. 
    • Store in an airtight container. 


    Note: 1 packet of taco seasoning has about 2 Tablespoons. This recipe makes around 3 Tablespoons. 
    Add a little crushed red pepper flakes if you'd like to bring up the heat. 


    Calories: 4kcal | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 25mg | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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