Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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This easy Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is the perfect way to spice up your chicken or beef!

Creating your own taco mix at home allows you to control what ingredients go into it while saving money!

The best part is that this DIY taco seasoning takes just minutes to make and you likely have all of the ingredients you need on hand!

Jar of Homemade Taco Seasoning with a measuring spoon

I love Homemade Taco Seasoning!

I use it for so many dishes in the kitchen, like soups, casseroles, and even as a rub when I grill chicken or steak!

Store-bought seasoning tastes delicious, but it can be loaded with additives and flavor wise, nothing compares to homemade taco seasoning!

This taco seasoning recipe takes almost no time to make, and is easily customizable to suit your family’s liking. I like to make mine with reduced salt for our family.

I love anything spicy, but if your kids aren’t big on spicy foods, you can certainly create a mild taco seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning ingredients in metal cups

What’s in Taco Seasoning?

So, exactly what spices make taco seasoning?

All of the spices used are normal everyday pantry items. You will most likely have all of the ingredients you need to make this homemade taco seasoning recipe at home!

Chili Powder makes up the largest portion of this taco seasoning mix and adds a southwestern flavor.

Cumin is another favorite and it adds a slightly nutty warm flavor while onion and garlic powder are the aromatics in this recipe.

Salt and pepper are in almost every seasoning including this taco seasoning.

The great thing is you can control how much salt you would like to add.  I add black pepper but also a pinch of cayenne (add more if you prefer more heat)!

If you’d like to make a this homemade taco seasoning mild, reduce or eliminate the pepper and skip the cayenne!

Since this is made from spices, it’s naturally gluten free (just make sure your chili powder and all spices are GF).

Ingredients for Homemade Taco Seasoning on a wooden plate

What Can You Make With Taco Seasoning Mix?

Whether it’s weeknight Tacos, or Fajita Friday, you’ll definitely love having this easy taco seasoning ready to go in your spice cupboard!

This taco seasoning works for ground beef, ground chicken, or even pork or chicken cutlets! It can be added to almost anything you’d like.

I love using this recipe to make Dorito Taco Salad and Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos at home. Sometimes, I even sprinkle this seasoning on my popcorn for a delicious treat!

The best part of this recipe is how inexpensive it is. You can make it for just pennies at home!

Homemade Taco Seasoning with a measuring spoon

Once you make it, you will never want to go back to store-bought taco seasoning.

Homemade taco seasoning will last 6 month stored in a cool, dry place like your spice cupboard, which means you’ll definitely end up using it!

I use cute little spice jars found on Amazon to keep my spices, but anything you have will work – even a ziplock bag!

I usually make a triple batch so it’s ready to go whenever I need a little taco mix!

Homemade Taco Seasoning in a clear jar
4.88 from 144 votes
Review Recipe

DIY Taco Seasoning Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
I love Taco Seasoning! It’s not JUST for Tacos! I use this to add a little zip to items likes soups and casseroles.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional

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  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Store for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.
To Use:
  • For tacos add 2 Tablespoons (or to taste) to 1 pound of cooked ground meat (optional, add diced onions).
  • Add ½ cup water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 6, Carbohydrates: 1g, Sodium: 163mg, Potassium: 26mg, Vitamin A: 315IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword homemade taco seasoning
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. I made 2cups total of this, and before shaking it was so pretty, all the spices layered. I wish I could post the picture here. I think I am going to try to make it in sma spice jars, tamper down each layer, and give as party favors or christmas gifts. Recipe is tasty, I reduced the black pepper to 1/4 off the recipe.

  2. I’ve been searching for the perfect taco seasoning recipe and I’ve finally found it. We made the best tacos ever tonight and it had a lot to do with this seasoning. I’m definitely pinning this recipe..it’s a keeper! Thank you!5 stars

  3. I wasn’t a huge fan of this seasoning. It tasted bland and I changed some stuff to it to make it more flavorful for my husband and I. We are huge foodies and love to eat at top restaurants around Chicago, so we don’t exactly have low standards. It’s definitely more of a bland texmex taco, pretty average.3 stars

      1. I love how homemade seasonings can be so easily adjusted to suit everyone’s taste :)

  4. This is a great recipe. Honestly one of the best I’ve tried. Made it with ground turkey. So easy. It will be my go to now when I make tacos. thanks!!!5 stars

  5. Okay, so I used all organic spices and find this is THE BEST TACO SEASONING I have tasted and cooked with. The first time I made it I kept adding it to all my meats! :-D Thank you SpendingWithPennies! <35 stars

    1. Micheal, I wonder if you tried all organic spices and if your measurements were correct… I hope you will try it again.

    2. Michael,

      I’m so sorry you had a bad experience! For me, if I eat something that is too hot, I can’t taste anything after that. I think that’s why you thought it was tasteless, because with those ingredients it couldn’t possibly be tasteless!

      Try again using seasonings you know you like…onion powder, garlic powder, chopped onion and others. Only coat a small piece of the meat you’re preparing, and test that way! If that works, great! If not, add more ingredients or delete some. Make it yours, for your tastes! Don’t forget to make notes!!!

  6. This recipe doesn’t deliver as promised. I made thinking this was a spice I could add to my cupboard after current use for taco meat. It doesn’t even make the 2 Tablespoons suggested should be added to 1 pound ground beef! I can do the math to keep proportions correct to make a bigger batch, but the recipe and article are definitely misleading as to what you get using this recipe.1 star

      1. Hahaha, I was just thinking that when I read your comment! “I can do the math” indeed!
        Just about to try this for some super bowl snacks

  7. Always amazing! Love that I can finally enjoy Tacos without dying of sugar or flour poisoning XD

    I do have a question, when it says “Serves 8.” is that 8 tacos? Thank you!5 stars

  8. I loved the flavor this gave my ground beef for tacos.. :) the only thing is the recipe only made about 2 tablespoons.. which was fine because I only wanted to try it before I made a whole bunch, which I will do.. because it tasted soooo good.. but the recipe said makes 8 servings.. I think you just need to adjust for the larger amount.. :)

    1. It makes 8 tacos. One serving here is 1 taco. You can adjust for more tacos than 8. I always quadruple the recipe so I can use it 4 times.

  9. Thank you for this! I did have almost all ingredients in the pantry even though I have almost nothing. :)5 stars

  10. This has been our go-to recipe for taco seasoning or some time – I double or triple it (or more) usually and keep it in a jar. I usually use more cumin and add some cornstarch (makes it more saucy when you add it to the taco meat), but otherwise it’s perfect.

    Note that your spice level can vary wildly depending on what kind of chili powder you use. ;)

  11. My new go-to taco seasoning! Tastes perfect and doesn’t have any fillers like every store-bought version out there!!5 stars

  12. Great seasoning, definitely better than the store bought packets. One thing I’ve learned recently is that when making your taco meat, simmer it in plain, unseasoned tomato sauce rather than (or in addition to) the water. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and the results have been great!

  13. I understand it is easy to call something “chili powder”. But the store bought stuff and even the recipe provided is just another blend. I mean look at the ingredients in these “chili powders”. Garlic powder? Onion Powder? Oregano? Cumin? Paprika? What do these have to do with a dried chili? Try ordering some New Mexico Chili Powder. It is actually just chili powder with no other ingredients. It will give a more earthy, chili flavor and allow you to add all the other ingredients in proportions you want.

    1. Hi Steve, the recipe in this post is our version of a homemade taco seasoning, which we do use a chili powder blend to make. Feel free to substitute it out for dried chili as you prefer.

  14. Did you use ground cumin or dried cumin for this taco spice recipe? I love the fact of making your own seasonings without the preservatives and other ingredients we really don’t need! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us!

  15. It was delicious! We are on a diet ant am glad I can make my own seasoning without added unnecessary ingredients.5 stars

  16. This is the second time I am returning to make your taco seasoning—its that good and my family loves it! Thank you for figuring out the combination of spices and posting it.5 stars