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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Homemade Taco Seasoning is SO much better than those grocery store packets, and super easy to make!

If you love making beef tacos at home, you’ll love mixing up your own, personalized taco seasoning to have on hand to make tacos, taco salads, and fajitas whenever the mood strikes!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Once I can find homegrown tomatoes at my local farmers’ market, I declare it taco season. I’ve been making my own seasoning for years, just dumping in the usual suspects.

Always yummy, but never measured, until today! Feel free to tweak it as desired: more garlic, more heat, or quadruple it so you have a stash for the rest of the summer! This taco seasoning is perfect for beef tacos, but try it with chicken, shrimp or even on flank steak with a squeeze of limefor fajitas.

Homemade Taco Seasoning ingredients

My Beef Taco Recipe

To make my easy beef tacos, start by sauteing a chopped onion and a half a diced red or green bell pepper in some olive oil till soft. Add your ground beef along with the 2 teaspoons of my homemade taco seasoning per pound of meat.

Cook and break up the beef with your spatula until the beef is cooked through. Taste for seasoning and add more spice or salt as needed. Drain any excess grease and serve this taco meat in a soft flour tortilla with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese. Such a simple summer meal!

More Tex Mex Recipes You’ll Love:

This taco seasoning would be fabulous in this gorgeous Taco Salad.

If you are a fan of fajitas, this homemade Fajita Seasoning from Rachel Cooks is also a winner!


Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

A homemade taco seasoning that can be tweaked as needed for more or less heat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield ¼ cup taco seasoning


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the spices. Store in a covered container at room temperature.
  2. Use approximately 2 teaspoons of seasoning per pound of ground beef.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 teaspoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 392mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g

Homemade Taco Seasoning!

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22 comments on “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. Thank you for the recipe, Liz. I tend towards meatless dishes but am heading to Florida soon to care for my stepmother and see my brother. Long sentence short: I need tasty, easy to make meals =)

  2. This is definitely a keeper. I think it would be fantastic for some chicken and legume too.

  3. I used a homemade taco blend the last time I made refried beans and really liked it. Yours sounds good! Happy 4th of July-enjoy:@)

  4. Home made is always so much better. And it’s so easy! I can already think of a dozen other things to do with this little jar of gold! Happy 4th! 🙂

  5. I’ve been doing this lately, too, Liz. Soooo much better, and you can adjust the heat. Now that I know “heat” is good for me, bring it on!

  6. I want to have tacos at your house, this sounds yummy – and without all the preservatives and weird sounding stuff in the packaged taco mix.

  7. Such an awesome share, Liz. Love homemade seasoning but never made the one for tacos. But that needs to be change soon, will try it for sure. Thanks for this!

  8. I never buy taco seasoning either, it’s the unpronounceable ingredients that scare me. My mix is very similar to yours but I use smoked paprika and granulated garlic (from Costco) and I add dried onion flakes (that have been granulated in my coffee gender). It’s too easy!

  9. Alwasy better a personal spice mix, I can see this one being also used in other recipes 🙂

  10. I have never event thought about making my own taco seasoning!! And I have all the ingredients. Perfect!

  11. I’m such a fan of making your own seasoning mixes, store bought versions have so many random ingredients (and often a ton of salt). This looks delicious!

  12. Fantastic, Liz! Just reading the ingredients list, I can already tell that this will be way, way better than any off-the-shelf taco seasoning I’ve ever had. Bookmarked for our next taco night!

  13. I love tacos and you can’t buy taco seasoning in the UK so this recipe is definitely a keeper.

  14. I should definitely make this taco seasoning to have on hand. My family has burritos/tacos at least twice a month and this would surely flavor things up 🙂

  15. Mexican food is my husband’s favorite so I can’t wait to try this on our next taco night! Homemade is always better 🙂

  16. Great idea! I hate buying those little packets in the grocery store. They really don’t have great flavor, and you’re paying a lot of $$$ for not much taco seasoning. So much easier and tastier to develop your own blend! This looks great. Hmm, tacos for dinner? 🙂

  17. I like to do this as well.

  18. Thank you so much for this recipe, Liz. I love tacos and I buy the taco seasoning but have become increasingly concerned about the additives it contains. Wonderful to now have a recipe where I can make my own. Thanks so much! And yes, grateful to have finished clinical! Working with dementia patients with very challenging behaviours was quite wearying xx

  19. Definitely something to keep, Liz! xoxo

  20. Taco season is year round with us but we don’t indulge as much as we would like to. Typically for seasoning I throw in a little bit of this and that. Instead of winging it I will try your recipe, thanks a bunch!

  21. Liz, I just printed your recipe. I’d love to try this. Thanks~!!

  22. Making our own seasonings is such a wonderful thing. We especially like cumin, so I always add more of that to our taco seasoning. Thank you so much for the taco salad love!

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