Homemade Taco Seasoning

by Erin

When you make your seasonings blends at home, you can ensure the ingredients are fresh! Try this homemade taco seasoning for your next taco night.

Taco Seasoning 2

I’ve always felt that the taco seasoning packets you can purchase at the grocery store were just a tad bit too salty. Then one day I found a recipe to make it myself, and I opted to reduce the salt. I’ve never looked back; it’s been years since I have used the packaged stuff! This recipe is what I use for my stock.

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Post updated 4/28/19 – sadly there were no previous photos!

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Makes the equivalent of 5 packets


1/4 cup chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp paprika

2 Tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp sea salt

4 tsp black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To use, add 1/8 cup (2 Tbsp) seasoning + 3/4 cup water per pound of meat (or to taste).
Source: Adapted slightly from All Recipes

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Anne May 5, 2019 - 4:11 pm

Homemade spice mixes are the best. They not only taste better, they are lower in sodium and you know exactly what’s in them!

Ellen April 29, 2019 - 5:17 pm

I have lots of jars of homemade seasonings but not taco! Definitely need to fix that.

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck April 29, 2019 - 4:36 pm

I keep a jar of similar homemade taco seasoning in my cabinet at all times! It’s great to add flavor to just about anything!

Carlee April 29, 2019 - 11:13 am

You have totally inspired me to make my own taco seasoning. As much as we use it, it’s ridiculous that I don’t!

spiffycookie April 30, 2019 - 7:36 am

Hooray! Enjoy never buying it again ;-)

Autumn April 29, 2019 - 8:05 am

It’s so smart to make your own! I always thing the little packages at the store are way too salty!

spiffycookie April 29, 2019 - 8:22 am

Oh yea I love being able to reduce the salt!

Karen April 28, 2019 - 4:31 pm

I first started making my own after finding a recipe in Secret Recipe Club. Your photos of the jar of seasoning and the colorful spices are gorgeous.


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