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How do I make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

Posted by  ·  March 5, 2018  ·  Last Updated: March 19, 2019

Homemade taco seasoning is a healthy alternative to the store-bought version. You can pronounce all the ingredients and know exactly what you are eating. So if you are wanting to get more healthy give this yummy seasoning a try!

For a few more meal ideas with a Mexican flare try my walking tacos,  Mexican Skillet Rice or Southwestern Salad! Did you know you can even make your own tortilla bowls? Fill them up with taco meat, salad and all the fixings for a delicious dinner.


homemade taco seasoning


What is in taco seasoning?

Most likely you will have all these spices in your cabinet and can whip up this homemade taco seasoning anytime!

  • Chili Powder – a blend of chili peppers and spices that gives a deep rich flavor and Southwestern flavor
  • Cumin – is a distinctive flavor with an earthy, nutty, spicy taste. Commonly used in Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Indian dishes
  • onion powder –
  • crushed red pepper flakes – typically are made up of cayenne peppers. can use ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder per ¾ teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • garlic powder
  • Oregano – a robust herb with a peppery flavor, pairs well with tomato making it perfect for both Mexican and Italian cuisines
  • salt
  • pepper

Unlike storebought taco seasoning packets, this one is naturally gluten-free.  Just make sure all your spices are gluten-free. They should be naturally gluten free if they are pure and not a blend, but sometimes could be processed on equipment that processes gluten. Another bonus with making your own taco seasoning is that you can control the salt if you are watching your salt intake.

How do I make homemade taco seasoning?

5 from 4 votes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Never buy storebought taco seasoning again. This delicious recipe takes out all the fillers and chemicals and gives you only homemade goodness.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword copycat, easy recipe, homemade, seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 8 kcal
Author Cindy


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Mix together. Store in an air tight container.
  2. To make taco meat. Brown about 1 pound meat and drain off fat. Add all spices and about 1/3 - 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Now you are ready to make delicious tacos!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8
% Daily Value*
Sodium 412mg 17%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Vitamin A 10%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


What can you make with taco seasoning?

I use this homemade taco seasoning to make taco meat. But you can also use it for chicken and port too. It makes a great rub.  It can be substituted in any recipe that calls for a package of taco seasoning mix. I use it to make this delicious taco soup.  It is also the mix I use in this Instant Pot Taco Soup.

How do you make taco meat?

Brown about 1 pound meat and drain off fat. Add all spices and about 1/3 – 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Now you are ready to make delicious tacos!

seasoned ground beef homemade taco seasoning

I hope you love this taco seasoning recipe! Let me know what you think.


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Leave a Comment


  1. Nina. Miles
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
    thank you. Yum
  2. Heather Berner
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
    Fantastic!! It was just right (although, I left out the red pepper flakes- too spicy for me). I accidently used it with 2 pounds, it would have been even better with 1 pound. Next time I will double it up!!! Great job figuring it out!!
  3. marshall
    Friday, November 10th, 2017
    how much does this make? how many teaspoons ? i want to make this in a larger quantity , so i don,t have to hunt the recipe every time.
    • Cindy
      Monday, February 26th, 2018
      Oh, Marshal, I don't know. Wonder if you could make it and measure, then continue with a larger batch and then you would know. Please let us know if you try this!
  4. Js
    Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
    This one is excellent! Thank you
  5. Lana Pezza
    Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
    recipe for taco seasoning doesn't say how much ground beef to use for this recipe.
    • Cindy
      Monday, February 26th, 2018
      I used about one pound of ground beef.
  6. Kayla
    Sunday, January 4th, 2015
    I tried this recipe on a taco night because we already had all the ingredients in the cupboard. It tasted very good, though a bit spicier than the average seasoning packet. I liked the spicy flavoring, so it didn't bother me one bit.
  7. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    I love that you know exactly what is in the seasoning! Making some very soon!
  8. Heather Williams
    Thursday, August 28th, 2014
    I think this recipe is more of a season to your taste not nessisarilly per pound. I will have to try this recipe soon thank you.
  9. Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
    I used it for 1 pound of ground beef.
  10. Christie
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
    Hi. How much meat is this for? 1lb....or more? Thanks!
  11. Suzanne
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
    Looks tasty. Wonder if you have ever scaled it up and made a much larger quantity.
  12. Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
    Yes finally a taco mix I can always keep on hand for meals!