How to make taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. Have you tried making your own seasoning mixes? It is beyond simple and it will save you time when you are cooking later. My family eats a lot of Mexican food and for years I have used taco seasoning regularly in a great many recipes. About ten years ago, I decided to try making my own taco seasoning recipe and I’m so glad I did.Homemade Taco Seasoning tastes so much better than store-bought! get the recipe at

I found a basic recipe for taco seasoning over on Allrecipes long ago and over the years, I’ve tweaked and adapted it to our tastes. It makes sense to prepare a double or triple batch of this seasoning mix and keep it on hand at all times. Just a bit spicier than standard taco mixes and completely adaptable to your individual tastes, these are some of my favorite spices in the kitchen.

How To Make Taco Seasoning

In a jar or small mixing bowl, combine chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and pepper. Shake or stir to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

I use this Homemade Taco Seasoning at least 3-4 times a week and I keep it on hand at all times. My kids already know to stir a new batch together when it’s running low. This is probably the most used spice staple in my pantry. Just a spoonful will add an abundance of flavor to any meal.

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and it tastes so much better than store-bought! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.comHere are some of our go-to recipes that use this Taco Seasoning. The Best Taco Meat has been a hit with everyone who tries it. I keep a package of it cooked and ready to use in the freezer almost all the time. Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas are a dinner that almost cooks itself. Black Bean Taco Nachos are a kid and adult favorite for lunches and for dinners. The Southwest Chicken Skillet is filled with plenty of vegetables and an abundance of flavor from these Mexican spices.

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Kitchen Tip: I use these jars to make this recipe.

  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder I used NM Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, stir together all of the spices. Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container. I keep mine in a glass mason jar in my spice cabinet.

{originally published 10/17/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/4/18}

Make your own Taco Seasoning! get the recipe at

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DIY Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (I like to use smoked paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Mix all spices together.
  2. Store in a glass container with a lid.

Makes about 3 tablespoons. If you make this recipe don’t forget to tag it @foxandbriar and #foxandbriar on instagram and facebook! I really love to see what you make and you may be featured in our weekly Reader Feature! Learn how to make your own taco seasoning! I'll never buy store bought again! So much cheaper, healthier and tastes better!


Tasty Taco-Flavored Recipe Ideas:

Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos from Kalyn’s KitchenChipotle Chicken Tacos from Homesick TexanPerfect Taco Salad from Kalyn’s KitchenBraised Chicken Tacos from [No Recipes]Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

  • 1/4 cup Ancho Chile Powder
  • 2 T chile powder
  • 3 T ground cumin
  • 1 T dried cilantro
  • 1 T sweet paprika (not hot paprika, unless you like it hot)
  • 1 T fine grind sea salt (or slightly less regular salt)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. fine grind black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground Chipotle Chiles (optional, but good if you want more heat)
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  1. You can simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir them together.
  2. I wanted a mixture that was more finely ground, so I put the ingredients into the bowl attachment of my immersion blender(or a small food processor would work) and buzzed them together for about a minute.
  3. Store Taco Seasoning Mix in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  4. Start with 2 T per pound of ground beef for regular ground beef tacos, then taste to see if you want it more spicy.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:One great thing about making your own spice mix blends is that you can be sure they don’t contain added sugar, insuring that this mix is suitable for any phase of the South Beach Diet and also for low-carb diet plans.

Find More Recipes Like This One:Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You can also Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

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