Learn to make your own taco seasoning blend using common spices. Use this single serving recipe as a replacement in any recipe that calls for a packet of taco seasoning or multiply the recipe to keep a big batch on hand for all of your best taco creations.
There are so many great reasons to make your own seasoning mixes.
For starters, you are fully in control of the simple ingredients you use.
It also means you don't have to have a bunch of different blends in your pantry- just the basics and there is nearly endless potential to whip up what you need (the minimalist in me definitely appreciates that!).
And because of my desire to not have a bunch of extra jar in my cupboard, this recipe just makes a single batch so you can use it all at once.
- 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 spice provides the base of the seasoning. Be sure to check that you are using a chili powder blend and not ground chiles (which are super spicy!). And if you need to make this recipe without it, see the substitution at the bottom of the post.
- Paprika- I generally use regular paprika, but smoked paprika will work as well.
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Ground Cumin
- 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.
1. Mix. Add all of the ground spices to a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
Leftovers and Storage
To Store: Store in an airtight container or small mason jar at room temperature in a dry place for up to 1 year.
Taco Seasoning Uses
Use it for Classic Ground Meat Tacos:
- Brown one pound of ground beef, ground chicken or ground turkey. Then add the whole batch of this easy homemade taco seasoning (2 tablespoons) and ½ cup of water. Stir to combine and cook for 5-10 minutes over medium heat until the liquid is absorbed.
- Taste and add salt. As written, this homemade seasoning is on the lower salt side so that you can customize how much salt you want.
Or use this easy homemade taco seasoning in place of store-bought packets in any recipe that calls for it. A single batch of this will replace one package.
You can also use this seasoning in different recipes such as:
You can easily multiply this diy taco spice blend recipe to make several servings in order to have some on hand for your next taco night. Simply increase the tablespoons indicated in the servings section of the recipe card and it will automatically scale up the amounts for you.
You can make this homemade taco seasoning mix without chili powder by replacing the 1 tablespoon of chili powder with:
-1 and ½ teaspoons of paprika
-½ teaspoon of cumin
-½ teaspoon of garlic powder
-¼ teaspoon of onion powder
-⅛ teaspoon of ground cayenne
Most taco spice mixes that you find at the grocery store contain about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning which is what this recipe yields.
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.
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- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ tablespoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix.
- Use in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning.