Homemade Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning is quick and chock full of flavor. It is easy, inexpensive, and only requires a few spice cabinet staples!

Take taco night to a whole new level with this simple mix of spices. This homemade taco seasoning is the perfect way to spice up your chicken, beef, or even veggies! Try spicing up Cheesy Taco Skillet, Favorite Beef Tacos, or Easy Red Enchiladas.

Homemade taco seasoning in a small dish

Taco Seasoning From Scratch

We are a taco loving family. We could eat tacos at least once a week every week and be happy! The key to a good taco is the delicious filling, aka the meat. 

While it may be easy to grab a seasoning packet at the store, what do you do if you are out? And what additives are in that little packet anyway. 

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is quick and easy to whip up, and works great as a seasoning on everything from tacos to veggies and meat. Creating your own taco mix at home allows you to control what is in it and adjust the spice level to your liking. 

What is taco seasoning made of? Taco seasoning ingredients are a delicious mixture of spices that you probably have sitting in your spice cabinet right now. This recipe specifically uses the following spices:

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika 
  • Oregano 
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper

Taco seasoning ingredients in a dish

How to Make Taco Seasoning

MIX. Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.

SEASON & STORE. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for 9 months. This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled. Use a heaping 3 tablespoons of mix as needed per recipe.

Closeup of homemade taco seasoning

Storing and Using

Storing? Store in a tightly covered spice jar in a cool dark place, preferably your spice cabinet. This will be best up until the 1 year mark, past then you risk the seasoning losing some of their spice! Typically you will want to double or triple your recipe so that you have fresh taco seasoning for any Mexican recipe. 

Use your homemade taco seasoning in any of these favorite recipes: 

You can also use it to flavor ground meat to make a homemade taco meat. It is recommended that you use 2-3 tbsps of taco seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, or turkey. 2 tbsps is about the serving size you would find in a packet of taco seasoning.

How much water do you add to taco seasoning?  If you’re using it in ground meat, you’ll want to add ⅓ cup of water when you add your 2-3 Tbsps of seasonings after draining the fat from the meat .

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This homemade taco seasoning is quick and chock full of flavor. It is easy, inexpensive, and only requires a few spice cabinet staples!
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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1
Calories: 85kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container for 9 months. This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled. Use a heaping 3 tablespoons of mix as needed per recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1434mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5970IU | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 5mg