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The Best Taco Seasoning – EASY & ZESTY

The Best Taco Seasoning – EASY & ZESTY

Homemade Taco Seasoning is EASY to make and has the PERFECT blend of spices. Use it to add a ZESTY flavor all your Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas!

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I am not one for boring food so I am totally smitten with a good spice mix!

This quick and easy taco seasoning mix is no exception!

If you gobble down tacos at the rate I do, I keep a big batch of this on hand at all times.

What is the best taco seasoning?

One that doesn’t come in a seasoning packet that’s for sure. And not one that has fillers and other nonsense in it.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want “fillers” in my food. Call me crazy!

If you are making it at home, which I hope you will from now on, you need to know what spices it is made with?


  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes

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How do you make taco seasoning from scratch?

Only a few steps and you are ready to season!

STEP ONE: Add all the spices in a container and mix until combined.

STEP TWO: Use it to season anything you like!

How to use taco seasoning

Just as you would any other seasoning mix.

In terms of seasoning for ground beef, you would add a store-bought packet along with 2/3 cup water.

A packet contains 4 tablespoons but this is not just spices.

The packaged stuff includes cornstarch, silicone dioxide, and other various things that do not and should not belong in a spice mix in my opinion.

Homemade is stronger in flavor without all the fillers so 2 tablespoons per pound meat like ground beef.

This taco meat seasoning is Paleo, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, and Keto so add it to your healthy meal prep dishes!

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Uses to DIY Taco Seasoning

  • Beef tacos & Chicken tacos
  • Taco salad
  • Fajitas
  • Enchiladas
  • Sour cream dip
  • Nachos
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How do I store it?

This is best stored in a an air tight container in a cool dry place. I like these jars.

If stored properly, it will be good for up to 2 months if you don’t use it all before then.

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I know you will fall in love with this homemade taco seasoning recipe and use it all the time like I do.

Check out my other large batch seasoning blends below!

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Easy Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Taco Seasoning

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Taco Seasoning is EASY to make and has the PERFECT blend of spices.


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crush red pepper flakes


  1. Combine all herbs and spices in an air tight container and store in a cool, dry space.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons per pound of ground beef/chicken.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1569mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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