Homemade taco seasoning in a small glass jar and some in a measuring spoon.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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This is the best Homemade Taco Seasoning ever. It has the perfect amount of spices to add to your favorite Mexican recipes. It is so easy to make, you can put it together in less than 5 minutes. You will never buy store-bought taco seasoning again!

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Homemade taco seasoning in a jar and in a taco to show off the color of the taco meat.

At the beginning of this year I made a commitment to eat a lot healthier and that includes not eating things that I can not pronounce. If you have ever looked at the back of a store-bought taco packet. It has a lot of things that I have no idea what they are.

So I came up with this easy homemade version that tastes so good and will make taco Tuesdays your favorite day of the week. Some of my favorite recipes to use this DIY version in are Ground Beef Tacos, Taco Spaghetti, 7 Layer Dip, and chicken tacos. No matter what meat you use it on. It will add so much flavor to any of your favorite Mexican recipes.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

To make this DIY taco seasoning recipe, you will need the following spices:

  • Chili Powder: Is the base of the taco seasoning and adds a mild amount of heat.
  • Paprika: Gives the taco seasoning a beautiful color. I like to just use regular paprika, but sweet and smokey paprika also work well.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Just enough to compliment the flavors of the other spices.
  • Onion Powder: Adds a subtle hint of onion flavor. You definitely don’t want to skip this spice even if you don’t like the flavor of onion.
  • Garlic Powder: This is such a great flavor booster and is so tasty in the mix.
  • Cumin: This little spice packs a lot of flavor and adds some nice color.
  • Cayenne Pepper: This is what adds the heat. You can adjust depending on how much spice that you like.

I have included instructions in the recipe card to make a large and small batch of this easy to make taco seasoning.

All the spices needed to make homemade taco seasoning in a white bowl.

How To Make Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make, that it only has one step.

  • Add all of the spices to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  • If you are making a large batch, add all spices to a pint sized mason jar. Then, add the lid and shake until well combined.

How to store

The best way to store your taco seasoning is in an air tight container. If I am make a smaller batch I like to use these Glass Spice Jars. They are just like the jars that your spices come in from the store. If I am making a large batch I will store it in a pint sized mason jar and transfer it to the glass spice jars as needed.

How long does it last?

As long as you store your taco seasoning in a cool, dry place and in a air tight container. It will stay good for 1 to 11/2 years. But if you are anything like me it won’t last longer than 3 months.

Close up of homemade taco seasoning with a skillet full of taco meat in the background.

How much homemade taco seasoning equals one packet?

For every pound of chicken or beef that your recipe calls for, add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning. The best part of making your own seasoning. Is that you can add as much or as little as you want and not have half empty packets left over.

Can I make Different Spices Levels?

Yes, the great thing about making your own taco seasoning. Is that you can make it as spicy or mild as your family likes. At my house we keep everything on the mild to medium side. Because my kids won’t anything that has a lot of spice to it.

  • Make It Spicy: For a single batch add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. For a large batch add 4 teaspoons of cayenne pepper. You can add more, but this is what I recommend starting out with. To really add some spice I would also add 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. This also adds some beautiful color to the seasoning.
  • Make It Medium: The recipe is made just to have a little bit of spice to it. Leave everything as is.
  • Make It Mild: Completely remove the cayenne pepper from the large and small batch.

Some Other Yummy Mexican Recipes That Use Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning in a small glass jar and some in a measuring spoon.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This is the best Homemade Taco Seasoning ever. It has the perfect amount of spices to add to your favorite Mexican recipes. It is so easy to make, you can put it together in less than 5 minutes. You will never buy store-bought taco seasoning again!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

Equivalent to 1 store-bought packet

  • tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Large batch – equivalent to 8 store-bought packets

  • ¾ cup chili powder
  • cup paprika
  • tbsp kosher salt
  • tbsp onion powder
  • tbsp garlic powder
  • tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the spices to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Store in a small spice jar or mason jar for up to 1 year.
Keyword Homemade Taco Seasoning, Taco Seasoning
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m not a fan of funky ingredients added to commercially prepared taco seasonings. That’s why I love this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never made homemade taco seasoning before, but I’m pretty sure I already have all of the ingredients in my kitchen! Will definitely try this out whenever we decide to have our next taco night 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is great. I love having homemade spice mixes on hand. Delicious and super budget friendly.

  4. 5 stars
    Some time ago, I started learning how to make spice blends at home. And this taco seasoning is going to my recipe collection. I will definitely make it.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh wow! This recipe is perfect for taco night! Definitely making this seasoning, so I have it on hand!

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