Homemade Taco Seasoning

We love Mexican food at our house! Hot & spicy is our thing. Even my 2 year old likes salsa. Major win.

I used to pick up quite a few taco seasoning packets when I went grocery shopping. Then one day, I was making taco meat for some friends and realized I had no taco seasoning packs. So I just threw in a bunch of different seasonings instead. The result? Super yummy! Plus, there are no extra preservatives AND it’s way cheaper.

Now, I have no idea what proportions I put in that original mix because I just shook until it looked and smelled right. So, when I wanted to make up a bigger batch of seasoning, I consulted allrecipes.com. This is the recipe I decided to use for my first batch.

Here’s how I made it.

First, gather a bunch of spices and seasonings. Here’s what I used:

Measure the proper amounts into a small bowl:

Now take an empty spice container:

Rip off the label

And add your own with a good ol’ Sharpie

Mix up your taco seasoning (making sure not to breathe in too much while you stir) and fill up your bottle.

The result? A healthier, cheaper, and much tastier version of taco seasoning.


Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 ounce

Homemade Taco Seasoning

A healthier, tastier & cheaper alternative to store-bought taco seasoning!


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Use based on your "spicy" tolerance level. Start with 1-2 Tbsp per pound of meat and increase as needed.
  3. Store remaining seasoning in a spice bottle or airtight container.

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  1. Lauren A says:

    Love this!!! Jon and I eat tacos or some form of them at least once a week! 🙂 I will have to try this recipe asap… The only thing better than Mexican spicy food is Indian spicy food!

  2. Tracey says:

    This is great, Christa! I’ve been trying to steer clear of store bought mixes and make more of my own. Taco seasoning is a favorite..gonna mix this one up and give it a try! Thanks! =)

  3. Laura says:

    I think I found the same recipe not too long ago. I’ve tweaked it a little, but we love it! Come to think of it, I need to make some more… 🙂

  4. yay! thank you for posting this. I have also been trying to not use the store bought mixes – for 1 to save money and #2 – they upset David’s stomach sometimes. So when we have tacos I have been just adding salsa to the meet or just thrown in a little chili powder or something but it just wasn’t the same as “taco seasoning”.

    Can’t wait to make your homemade recipe version and store it in a cute little bottle. Almost have a cinnamon bottle empty – so will remember to save it 🙂

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