How to Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you look at the back of a packet for taco seasoning, you will see a bunch of words you can’t pronounce. This homemade taco seasoning mix is so simple to make and much healthier for your family. The health consideration is a big benefit but it is much cheaper to make your own taco seasoning from scratch then paying for the seasoning at the store.

When you make your own, you can also control the spiciness of your seasoning. If you like it more spicy, add more chili powder and cayenne pepper. You can even add red pepper flakes if you want to spice it up even more. Double, triple, or quadruple this recipe so you will have plenty in your pantry and save yourself time in the future. I like to store mine in a small OXO container with a inexpensive scoop I purchased from a dollar type store.

My family loves this mixture and complimented the taste of the tacos I made before I even unveiled to them it was a homemade spice mixture. I also like to make 3-4 pounds of ground beef at one time and freeze one pound portions to make it a easy weeknight dinner.

make your own taco seasoning mix easy

Use it in your tacos or make this taco rice packed with flavor! Remember, you can re-purpose your taco meat leftovers into something fun like these Taco Wontons!

Buy spices in bulk from AmazonVitaCost, or your local warehouse store to save even more.

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Taco Seasoning
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This is so easy! Double or triple the recipe and keep in a air tight container for future use!
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredients together. I put all the ingredients in a container and just shook the container to mix it.
  2. Use 1.5 tablespoons per one pound of ground beef. I also added about a ½ cup of water per one pound of ground beef for the mixture.
  3. Adjust seasoning to your own taste.
Next time you cook ground beef, double or triple the recipe. Freeze the extras and thaw for a quick dinner.

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    mfghdfhddfh fdhfghdfhdfhdf says

    I’ve pretty much been doing this for year. The only time I use packaged taco seasoning is when I get them with coupons for free.

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    Keisha says

    Pretty darn good!!! Thanks for posting. I had all the taco ingredients but no seasoning. So glad I found your recipe! I had to substitute the cumin with a little more chili powder bc I was out, but it still turned out great!

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    I need to do this. We love tacos here and I know it would be so much cheaper to make my own seasoning. How long do you think it will last if I triple the recipe?

  4. 11

    Lori says

    I’ve been browning bulk ground beef and freezing in 12 ounce portions for years, it’s just the hubs and I and we don’t miss the other 4 ounces anyway.

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      Briana Carter says

      Great idea! My kids aren’t a fan of any of the canned products…I’ll have to do some research! I’m sure it can be done! :)

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