Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and in case you feel inclined to celebrate with some tacos, I thought it would be a good time to share how I like to make homemade taco seasoning.
Taco seasoning is incredibly easy to make from scratch and ensures you can skip out on any unhealthy ingredients that you might find in the boughten packs. It takes only 5 minutes and is just a mixture of common spices that you probably already have on hand! Feel free to multiply the recipe so that there is some ready for your next taco night!
Chili Powder- Made of mostly ground red chili pepper combined with a few other spices such as cayenne, cumin, onion powder and garlic powder, this provides the base of the seasoning. Be sure to check that you are using a chili powder that is only composed of spices and no additives.
Paprika- I generally use regular, but smoked or sweet paprika will work as well.
Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Oregano, Cumin- These spices round out the seasoning. I don't recommend any substitutes or omissions.
Red Pepper Flakes- These add a bit of spice. You can omit them or substitute a pinch of cayenne pepper, if needed.
Fine Sea Salt- You can leave the salt out if you prefer to add salt at the time of cooking.
- Place all of the spices in a jar and shake until well combined. Or you can stir them all together in a bowl.
Store in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 year.
How to Use Taco Seasoning
Use 2-3 tablespoon to replace one package of taco seasoning. Or try out this recipe for my Favourite Ground Beef Tacos!
If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to check any packaging of specific ingredients that you use are compliant. As written, this recipe is naturally:
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
Tips and Tricks
For optimal results, use fresh spices as spices tend to lose their potency over time. If using older spices, you may need to use extra seasoning when cooking with it.
And if you liked this recipe...
...you might also like:
- 4 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Measure out all of the ingredients into a jar with an airtight lid. Close the lid and shake until well combined. Use as directed in any recipe that calls for Taco seasoning.
One of the staples at my kitchen!! Thank you!
I'm glad you like this recipe, Toni!
This is so easy!! I love it! Thanks so much!
Thank you for your kind review, Jen!
Perfect! I've been using your recipe for months and always have a jar ready not only for tacos but also for seasoning soups and stews ^^
I'm glad you liked this recipe, Ava! Such a great idea to add it to soups.
I love making homemade season blends. I'll be adding this Taco seasoning to my spice rack ASAP!
I hope you love it, Andrea!
I always keep a jar of this in my pantry! It’s so much better than the store bought packet!
I'm glad you like this taco seasoning, Tayler!