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The Best Taco Seasoning

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 blend, this quick and easy taco seasoning mix is no exception!

How often do you have taco night in your house? In ours it’s at least twice a week, maybe three as Taco Tuesday is a must for us.

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!

Skip the store bought packets of taco seasoning and make your own.

Ingredients Needed

  • mild chili powder
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
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Only a few steps and you are ready to season!

How to make Taco Seasoning from scratch

  1. Add all the spices in a container and mix until combined.
  2. Store in your spice cabinet until ready to use. Use it to season anything you like!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How to Use Taco Seasoning

Add it to your meat of choice just as you would any other seasoning mix.

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

Uses for DIY Taco Seasoning

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How to Store It

This is best stored in an airtight 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.

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Use fresh spices
  • Works great on ground turkey too.
  • Switch up the paprika for smoked paprika or sweet paprika.
  • Use 2 tablespoons per pound of ground beef with 2/3 cup water
  • If you want to up the spice level, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or more red pepper flakes.

Kick up taco night with this great recipe for your own homemade taco seasoning mix. Perfect a quick meal on a busy weeknight. You won’t buy taco seasoning packets from the grocery store ever again.

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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. Make a large batch as it goes fast.

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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.


*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!

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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Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious Cajun Seasoning or Steak Seasoning recipe that you will love. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

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Sunday 11th of June 2023

Love the mix except for the salt. I rarelly add salt to my spice mixes because so many canned foods already have added salt. Refried beans, black beans, and my store bought natchos all have salt. Sometimes I use canned diced tomatoes also. All the rest of the mix, yeah, spot on.

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 12th of June 2023

Thanks! That's the exact reason I love making my own spice mixes. You can leave out any part of them you like:)

Betty Jane

Friday 4th of February 2022

I had everything on hand EXCEPT seasoning to make tacos tonight. Your recipe is so easy, and I had every spice on hand. Won't ever buy taco seasoning packs again! Thank you!


Monday 7th of February 2022

So glad you liked it!

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