Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ditch that high sodium taco seasoning from the store and make some Homemade Taco Seasoning instead! It’s so easy to spice up your Mexican recipes with this homemade seasoning mix.

Jar of homemade taco seasoning with tacos in background.

If there’s one staple to keep in your spice cabinet, it should be this Homemade Taco Seasoning. It adds instant flavor to all kinds of recipes with way better taste than the packaged spice blends!

There are few meals more guaranteed to satisfy everyone in my family than tacos. From Baked Tacos to Turkey Taco Soup, taco inspired meals are always a surefire hit.

Homemade Taco Seasoning makes it easy to have a delicious Mexican meal on the table in no time at all. The flavor is so much better than the store bought stuff, not to mention more economical!

Taco Seasoning

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Most taco seasonings you buy in a packet or shaker from the grocery store contain the same central ingredients. Cumin is a must-have in any taco seasoning blend, along with garlic powder, onion (minced or powdered) and coriander.

Yes, those nifty packets make Taco Tuesdays more convenient. Instead of measuring the spices one by one, you just rip open a pack, toss it with ground beef and serve.

I’ve found, however, that the mixes from the store lack a certain freshness, maybe because they’re sitting on the shelf for who knows how long!

A lot of taco seasoning also has anti-caking agents and preservatives added to increase the shelf life, not to mention lots and lots of sodium.

When you make your own batch of Taco Seasoning at home, you have all the convenience of a pre-made mix at a fraction of the cost and with better flavor.

Ingredients measured out for homemade taco seasoning.

How to Make Taco Seasoning

One night many years ago, while browning a pan of ground meat for tacos, I discovered I didn’t have any pre-made taco seasoning on hand.

So, I created my own spice blend. It was so easy to make taco seasoning that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it before! Every time I made tacos, I fiddled with the proportions of spices until I found what I think is the perfect blend.

What you Need for Taco Seasoning

(At a glance, scroll down for full printable recipe with amounts)

My favorite taco seasoning contains:

  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • minced onion
  • coriander

Salt and black pepper round the whole spice blend out.

To make this taco seasoning, all you do is combine the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar. Mix or shake and add to your recipe wherever it calls for taco seasoning!

Seal with a lid to store.

That’s it!

How to Use Taco Seasoning

If you’re making taco meat or meat to put on a taco salad, I usually use about 1 1/2 Tbsp per pound of ground beef or pork. I would also add in about 1/3 cup water and 1 Tbsp cornstarch while cooking.

If you’re using ground turkey, start with a few tablespoons of water (as the water doesn’t absorb as much with this type of meat).

Easy, delicious tacos!

Homemade taco seasoning stores well in a ziploc bag, mason jar or tight container.

Aside from regular tacos, this Taco Seasoning adds spice and flavor to tons of other Southwestern and Mexican recipes like Chicken Taco Soup, Layered Taco Dip and Taco Tortilla Stacks!

Once you try making your own taco seasoning, chances are good you’ll never reach for the store bought stuff again! This specific blend of herbs and spices never lets me down.

Making Your Own Taco Seasoning

Another thing I love about making my own spice blend for tacos? It’s so easy to customize the taco seasoning to suit your own preferences.

Here are some ideas for making the ideal seasoning for your family’s tastes: 

  • Sensitive to heat? Cut down on the red pepper flakes.
  • For a spicier taco mix, add MORE ready pepper flakes. Start with 1/4 tsp and adjust to taste.
  •  Reduce the salt for those on low sodium diets.
  • I often double or triple this recipe when I make it. If you’re like my family and eat a LOT of tacos, you might want to do the same.

As long as I have a jar of taco seasoning and a pound or two of ground beef  on hand, I know delicious tacos are just a few minutes away.

I’ve also tossed taco seasoning with beans and veggies for a vegetarian taco meal!

More Recipes with Taco Seasoning

Yield: 12 servings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ditch that high sodium taco seasoning from the store and make some Homemade Taco Seasoning instead! It’s so easy to spice up your Mexican recipes with this homemade seasoning mix.


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or mini mason jar with lid.
  2. Store in airtight container in cool, dry place.


  • Add more red pepper flakes for a spicier taco seasoning!
  • I usually double or triple this recipe when making it so that I have it on hand at all times!
  • For taco meat to put on a taco or salad, I would usually use about 1 1/2 Tbsp per pound of meat. I would also add in about 1/3 cup water and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. If it’s ground turkey I would use less water (doesn’t seem to soak it up as well).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published January 16, 2014. Photos updated 2020.

Give homemade Taco Seasoning a try tonight! You’ll love having this tasty and easy spice blend at your finger tips.


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Posted on February 16, 2020

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