Taco Seasoning

Making homemade taco seasoning is easy, and it’s so much better than store-bought mixes! This homemade taco seasoning recipe is perfect for Taco Tuesday. You can also use it for seasoning other Mexican-inspired dishes, pastas, soups and stews. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe in a Mason Jar

I think we all love tacos, am I right? We can never get enough of them around here! Homemade taco seasoning is an absolute essential pantry staple, in my opinion, and it comes together quickly from spices I already have in my cabinet. There’s no need to buy prepackaged spice blends, which sometimes include unnecessary preservatives.

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

This DIY taco seasoning will save you time and money, it tastes better, and you can customize the spice ratios according to your own personal preferences. All you need to do is grab the spices, combine them evenly using a fork or whisk, and store the seasoning in an airtight container at room temperature. It will be ready to go when you’re ready for tacos!

If you frequently make tacos, you can scale this recipe up for a larger batch to store in an airtight container. Or, if you don’t think you’ll use it more than once, you can cut the recipe down by half or more.

Various spices for taco seasoning spread out on a plate.

How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning

You use this seasoning just like you’d use a taco spice packet from the store. Cook the ground beef (or protein of your choice) and stir the spice in with a bit of water or something like tomato sauce for even more flavor. I recommend using about 2 tablespoons of spice per pound of meat.

More Homemade Spice Blends

If you like this recipe, you should also check out my homemade pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon sugar blend! I also love this homemade za’atar recipe from Culinary Hill.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
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Taco Seasoning

Making homemade taco seasoning is easy, and it's so much better than store-bought mixes! This homemade taco seasoning recipe is perfect for Taco Tuesday.
Course Kitchen Staples
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Taco Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 (approximately)
Calories 20
Author Jennifer Farley


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Measure the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, oregano, paprika, and cayenne into a small bowl.
  • Mix together with a fork or small whisk until completely blended.
  • Use immediately or store at room temperature in an airtight container. 2 tablespoons of this mix equals approximately 1 seasoning packet.


Yields 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons total


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 16.2% | Vitamin C: 0.4% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 5.8%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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