DIY Taco Seasoning Recipe

DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning. I haven't purchased Taco Seasoning in SO long because this is so easy and tastes so much better! I usually make a big batch every couple of months!

DIY Taco Seasoning

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I love Taco Seasoning!  It’s not JUST for Tacos!  I use this to add a little zip to items likes soups and casseroles.  This tastes delicious as a rub before grilling chicken or steak!!

Why make your own taco seasoning?  First of all it’s VERY cheap to make.  You can make tons of it for just pennies!   Second, you can adjust it to your own liking.. spicy, mild etc.  I usually reduce the salt for our family!  You most likely have all of the ingredients on hand already!

I often make up a triple batch so I have some on hand whenever I need it




DIY Taco Seasoning Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

To Use:

  1. For tacos add 2 Tablespoons (or to taste) to 1 pound of cooked ground meat (I add diced onions into the meat).
  2. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
  3. Store for up to 6 months in a cool dry place

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix


Holly Nilsson

14 comments on “DIY Taco Seasoning Recipe”

  1. Thanks for the great recipe. We love taco seasoning on beef and chicken for various recipes. Going to pin it too!

    Diana C

  2. Did you know that Cayenne Pepper is a chili? Same as jalapeno is a chili. … and then you tell me to add some chili powder. Which variety? Habanero? Jalapeno? Dulce Dolor? This is frustrating.

  3. This is great and for those of us watching our salt, just leave it out. My friend has a garlic allergy and loves this as she can just make it without the garlic. Great stuff

  4. ALL RECIPES, LOOK SO GOOD!! WILL HAV.TO TRY THEM!! THANKS, FOR SHARING!! AN HAV A GOOD DAY!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  5. I made taco meat using this seasoning and it was really good! However, my family thought it was too “spicy”. (I have to totally disagree with them) What spices do you suggest reducing (and to what measurment) to make it less “spicy” without sacrificing the flavor. Thanks!

  6. Big family , so thanks for this. It will be so helpful.
    Merry Christmas!!!!

  7. I had made this recipe a few months ago (enough to fill a 800ml jar) and finished it off tonight. The family loves it. I added dried chives to the mix to round it out. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be remaking this tonight.

  8. Did you use this Taco Seasoning mix in your Dorito Taco Salad instead of a taco seasoning pkg from the supermarket? Want to try this salad. It sounds really good.

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