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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Skip those storebought packets with questionable ingredients and learn how to make Homemade Taco Seasoning with simple everyday spices! 

Skip those storebought packets with questionable ingredients and learn how to make Homemade Taco Seasoning with simple everyday spices! | @AFewShortcuts #homemade #recipes #seasoning #spices #taco #glutenfree

I am a DIYer.  If I can do it or make it myself, I like to.  I also like to know what I am feeding my kids and my family.  This Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe recently came about because of my obsessive label reading.

In our house, we have a couple of food allergies which makes me a label reader, and I am glad it does. Did you know that some Taco and Fajita seasonings contain wheat?  Not only wheat but fillers, preservatives, and other unnecessary things.  I prefer natural ingredients when possible, that is why I choose to make my own seasoning mixes when I can.

I mean it is easy enough, I can make it ahead in bulk, and I can tweak it to my family’s tastes.  It is affordable, and there really isn’t a reason not to.  Hope you enjoy making your own taco seasoning too!

Other Uses for Taco Seasoning

Don’t stop at Tacos!! Use a little bit of this seasoning to spice up your rice, beans, and more. Have fun and experiment with it!

Skip those storebought packets with questionable ingredients and learn how to make Homemade Taco Seasoning with simple everyday spices! | @AFewShortcuts #homemade #recipes #seasoning #spices #taco #glutenfree

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Tips

  • Find affordable seasonings at the Dollar Store, or in the Hispanic section of your grocery store.  I don’t know why that makes them less expensive, but it works.
  • Make this recipe in bulk and store it in an airtight container for quick dinners.
  • Use this seasoning for other items like fajitas, nachos, chicken, and more.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 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 tsp corn starch


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Use as you typically would a packet of taco seasoning.
  • About 3 Tbsp per 1lb ground beef +- depending on your taste.
  • Multiply the amounts to make this in bulk for future meals.

Originally posted April 2011. Updated January 2019. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Sounds delicious! “Sandless tacos” made me laugh. And I never would have thought to include oregano in taco seasoning. I’ll have to try that one 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I love this. I hate that most taco and fajita seasonings contain so much salt! this is perfect. Thanks so much!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE your site and your many recipes!! I have all of these ingredients in my pantry for taco seasoning…why in the world would I go “buy” a seasoning packet??? Thanks, I will definately try and use this one!! Another of my favorite recipes is your salisbury steak…it’s a weekly meal in my house now. I have to say I do make a few changes, but YOU gave me the idea and I thank you for that! I have a tip though–I didn’t have any beef broth the last time I made it and I googled what to use instead…Soy sauce (could also substitute Dale’s seasoning for a bit more flavor) and water. I used 2 tbsp. soy sauce for 1 cup of water!! It was awesome!

  4. 5 stars
    I found a recipe somewhere on the internet for taco seasoning (but it didn’t have the salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika). I used it and it was really good but to make it juicy, I added part of a jar of salsa blended because my family doesn’t like the chunks. It was really great and got rave reviews. I just used it the other night to make sloppy joes but I added tomato paste and water to get it a little juicy. I will make this one when my other one runs out but I highly recommend trying it for sloppy joes too 🙂 YUM! Thanks tons.

  5. I love this. I hate that most taco and fajita seasonings contain so much salt! this is perfect. Thanks so much!

  6. 5 stars
    I never have liked those packaged taco and chili seasoning mixes, so I usually just add a little of this and that on my own. Because I’m teaching my daughter to cook our favorites (many of which are TexMex themed), this homemade seasoning will be really helpful. And, because so many of our friends have gluten sensitivities, I love the control over unnecessary ingredients.

    I found you thru I Heart Publix, and I’m going to post her link to you on my Willow House facebook page — I know other moms will be love this!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the tips and recipe! I had just wrote “taco seasoning” on my grocery list and will now gladly cross it out. I have everything to make it at home! 🙂
    Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Thanks for this!! I like making things from scratch too. I like to know what i’m feeding my family!

  9. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I even have some taco shells in the pantry so I’ll try it soon.
    I love the taste of the taco seasoning packs, but I noticed there are so many additives….yuck! Thanks for a healthy alternative.

  10. 5 stars
    For those looking for that “saucy” consistancy can add 1 or 2 tbsp of cornstarch to the mix, and blend their 3 tbsp of spices with a little water before adding it to the meat. It will thicken quickly and coat the meat nicely!

  11. 5 stars
    I have no idea how I found your site…probably reading a blog and saw a “blogs I read” and went from there….but I am sooo glad I did!

    I have a child with a wheat allergy and we thought it wasn’t really an issue but after many many days of unexplained nausea and vomiting and then kidney stones …in a 9 yr old!
    We’ve done what we could…but finally am putting all the pieces together.
    Doing that means going as wheat free as possible.

    So….I am sitting and finishing my dinner. Tacos maded with your seasoning..and they are the BEST we have ever had. I browned 5lbs of beef then after it was drained I put it all in my crockpot with 4 T. of the seasoning and about 3 cups of water…and heated it on low for just under an hour. I did use some bread slices to soak up the surface grease before mixing and serving. I even added a few dashes to the spanish rice I made. YUMMY

    I was able to get everything but the cumin at dollar tree today and even a cool little glass container to store it.
    It is awesome!
    I really like the fact that I’m feeding my family the best I can..and while those packets are convienent this was just as easy to make and I suspect it’s cheaper too. I filled the jar i bought and still have tons left to refill as needed.

    Thanks so much for this…it will serve my family well for a long time to come.

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