Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ditch the packets and make this homemade taco seasoning! It’s made 100 percent from scratch and takes no time to pull together. Once made, simply combine and add to 1 to 2 pounds cooked ground beef or chicken for tacos.

Ya know when you realize enough is enough? Like when your grays need to be covered but your too busy cooking, baking and photographing food to get it done.

Or when your bra wire is sticking through and it hurts by the 9th hour of you wearing it and you know all it’d take is a quick trip to Target and fifteen dollars and ninety-nine cents… but still it doesn’t happen. That’s not me or anything. I’m just venting for a friend.

For me, it was my computer desk.

Case in point. Do you see the room, or the lack there of, I have to work with here people? Yup this is where I sat for the past two years of blogging… cramped, crowded and editing photos.

I barely had enough room for my magazines!

Or my ipod… let alone a cup of coffee! Needless to say I had enough. So back in January I made a decision to save up for a new desk. And last month, after saving my hard earned dolla-dolla-bills… I finally bought me a new desk! It only took a long, painful month and a half to ship {and many not-so-nice emails}… but I got it just last week!

My favorite part: This desk holds my cookbooks!! I even re-purposed these jars of beans! I used them in my bff’s baby shower as weights for the balloons… now they’re {cook} book-ends!

And holds my magazines… the rest of them are under the desk 🙂 I love magazines! And I’ve never met a food mag that I could throw away… maybe I’m a hoarder. Oh no.

It holds my office-y stuff too!

Plus it has more than enough room for *siiiigh* my coffee…

I love it…

That chair I got for a steal at Home Goods… $55! Just try to look past the fact I need to sweep. Thanks that would be awesome of you.

I even bought the filing cabinet to organize my recipes, tax documents, kids’ report cards, etc… Which by the way is soooo much better than stuffing them into Target bags. I feel super organized and inspired!! Next on the list… increase the square footage of my kitchen. Something tells me, changing that is going to be a challenge.What gets you inspired?  Is it a brand new pair of shoes? An episode of hoarders? Inquiring minds wanna know!

Oh! And here is a quick recipe that everyone’s recipe box needs. Homemade Taco seasoning made 100% from scratch. Ditch those packets!

Seasonings… that’s all you need. Soooo easy!

Measure out the following…

1 tablespoon of ancho chili powder… {you should be able to find this in most major grocery stores}

1-1/2 teaspoons of cumin…

1 teaspoon of both kosher salt…

and black pepper…

Then a 1/2 teaspoon of Paprika…

A 1/4 teaspoon of oregano…

1/4 teaspoon of both onion and garlic powder…

A pinch of cinnamon…

And a pinch or more of red pepper flakes…

Stir together and then just store in an airtight container.

Done-zo. Homemade Taco Seasoning to use just about anywhere taco seasoning is required!


Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 


Homemade Taco Seasoning

The best homemade taco seasoning EVER!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 tablespoon ancho chili powder or regular chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt**

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, ground in the palm of your hand

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste



Measure and place spices into bowl. Stir, season meat to taste and store in an airtight container. Use in any recipe calling for taco seasoning!

**If using in a dip (like 7-layer Taco Dip) cut salt down to 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.

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40 Responses to “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. #
    Bev Weidner — July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    We have 99% of the same cookbooks. And I think I verge on hoarding as well, when it comes to magazines and cookbooks.

    So, if we find ourselves on the show, let's just high-five and open a bottle of wine, cool?

  2. #
    Stitchin' Sweet Sue — July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Luv your new desk ~ isn't it great how such a 'lil thing can make one soooooo yippy-skippy, congrats!

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    Liz — July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I have to ask – where did you get your desk? It seems so functional! OH and I am totally a hoarder when it comes to recipes. You should see my stack. My husband just shakes his head every day when he sees the pile I printed for the day 🙂

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    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE your new desk!!! I can completely relate to you cept I don't even have a desk! I use my laptop on my coffee table and currently have NO room for my cookbooks or magazines! I need to do some serious organizing, love this! 🙂

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    Sandy — July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm


    I think that having a positive, organized, and spacious work environment is key to focus and success.

    you got it, girl!

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    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I LOVE the desk, it's beautiful!! And the bean jar book ends – so country chic! Adorbs. ~Megan

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    cowtrailsandponytales — July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Hi there. I just stumpled upon (literally) your website. It is great. I share your philosophy on trying to cook from scratch (most of the time). Your layout and photos are fabulous. A friend and I also started a blog, some recipes, some life on the prairies, but we definitely have a ways to go. Yet really having fun with it. Well done.
    Kelly cowtrailsandponytales.wordpress.com

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    CrystalsCozyKitchen — July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I can't wait until I get a new work space! Yours looks picturesque.
    I love homemade taco seasoning, if you want to add a delicious variation – use smoked paprika. I waited years to try it, makes such a difference!

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    Kristy Lynn — July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    what a great idea to get a cabinet for your recipes! Right now mine are shoved in various pockets of a file folder accordion type thing that is just an absolute mess! I'm gonna start watching the used websites for a steal 🙂

    PS. Inspiration for me comes from nature. I love rustic, sunshine, and fresh air… food is natural – or at least it should be. Whole food is inspired by the

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    ~Kim~ — July 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Very pretty Laurie, and I love the chair the most. What inspires me is time – those rare moments when I have a stretch of days off to accomplish something big. Crank up some music, open the windows and a pot of coffee and I am off. Precisely why I need to work part time instead of full time, and definitely not in the soul sucking ER anymore 🙂 Ya think?

  11. #
    Jennifurla — July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    that looks straight out of a magazine, love that vibrant chair.

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    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) — July 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I am OBSESSED with your desk.. so jealous. I wish I could have something like that in my TINY NYC apt!!! I love that plate you displayed too, totally my taste!!!

    Great idea with making your own seasoning, I will have to give that one a try soon 🙂

  13. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — July 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    My jaw dropped when I saw how gorgeous your desk is! I have desk envy because I sit at my dining room table to blog. I especially love your chair…gorgeous!

  14. #
    Amy — July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    It's beautiful! I can't wait to have a house so I can save up and buy beautiful furniture like that. We have a tiny condo now that just won't fit anything else in it. It's obscene how small it is.

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  15. #
    Alex — July 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    upgrade! wow…I am loving your desk. we don't have a home office, so my desk is…my lap!

  16. #
    Abby — July 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    so cute!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — July 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Bev~ I love that idea!!

    Liz~ I got the desk at office max!

    Thanks for all the love friends! 🙂

  18. #
    Erin — July 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Love the chair!! I am in need of a new desk too! Better start saving!

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    Lynn Daws — July 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Love your new desk and file cabinet. I also have the hoarder status. I cannot throw away cooking magazines either. I agree if any of us ends up on the show we take the others cookbooks and magazines and hold onto them for the other until it's safe to return them. I love desks, I have 2 antique ones and these aren't enough.

  20. #
    Muriel Miller — July 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Your desk is so cute! And you have it so nicely organized!

  21. #
    Miss Pettey — July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my gosh…SO PERFECT! I love it! I'm so happy for you! 😀

  22. #
    Nichole — July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Another great post Laurie – love the desk and the chair is my fav! Thanks for the taco seasoning, I always forget to buy it.

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    kellie2vs — July 28, 2011 at 1:59 am

    The desk is beautiful & I LOVE that chair!! Had to let you know I made the lime,ginger, soy turkey tenderloins the other night and WOW!!! Loved them & Vinny wants them every night! Lovin' you as always!

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    Mandy @ Cater to Me — July 28, 2011 at 2:59 am

    THANK YOU for this recipe! I always buy store bought taco mix, and am always pretty disappointed in the results, but keep going back for more. This will definitely kick me out of my old habits!

    PS Awesome chair!

  25. #
    Jennifer — July 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Enjoyed looking at your new desk set up. Yep – you are super organized now! I also make my own taco seasoning.

  26. #
    Savannah McQueen — July 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    That chair is great! Your desk area is dreamy…especially compared to mine.

  27. #
    Patrick Gómez — July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Hello I saw you in a blog friend and step by to invite you to me blog.
    I hope you like and we can follow.

    Take care.

  28. #
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family — July 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Ok I am in LOVE with your desk and file cabinet. Seeing that each day would be enough to motivate me to get up and do some work.
    Seriously good job on the picking.
    What inspires me depends on the task at hand. Do I need to clean, watch "Hoarders." Want to go on vacation watch anything with Samantha Brown. What really inspires me is anything cooking and looking through

  29. #
    mywanderingspoon — July 29, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Love the post:)
    Desk looks amazing and chair is oh my…Home Goods…my fav store…Are you in CA?
    Seasoning is cool.

  30. #
    Tasha — July 30, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I never knew a computer desk could be so GORGEOUS. I am seriously jealous!!!

  31. #
    claire — August 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I LOVE THAT CHAIR!!!!! It's so so so so cute! AND YES, you needed an office upgrade, haha.

    Love this taco seasoning!

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    kita — August 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Congrats on your new desk! It's on my to buy list as well, but that isn't happening any time soon. And having a contractor for a BF always slows down what should be simple purchases… by a lot….

    I will be trying the taco seasonings soon as tacos are one of my favorites!

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    Chef david (doc) — August 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I call that eclectic: so I have heard. Actually I have had several careers and at home have 'little'work camps all over the house. Laptop for charts and graphs, 2 laptop for emergencies, snartphone (moded droid, Tablet 7 and 10.1 Desktop. These all have areas of use as in they take over dif. areas of the house. Now cooking, my wife says the only reason I do not do chemistry and

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    Raquel Ott — August 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Love your office! Where did you get the filing cabinet, at office max too? (I subscribe to your rss feed, and you're one of my faves, love your recipes, pictures…. 😉

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Hi Raquel! Yes I got both the desk and filing cabinet at Office Max! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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    Teresa@SassySuburbanite — May 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Hey there. I just ran across this entry on your blog. Love the desk area. My question though is regarding how much of the taco seasoning should be used per pound of ground beef. Also, did you ever increase the square footage of your kitchen? I’m cooking in the teeny tiniest kitchen you’ve ever seen. But, I’m still happy.

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    E — March 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Since trying this recipe, it’s the only one I use. I just find it a little too salty so I cut back the salt a tad. I use New Mexico chile powder since I don’t have ancho. Mmm! Makes delicious taco ground beef! Thank you, Laurie!

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    Cathryn — April 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I just came across your website today. Right off the bat, two of the recipes I was looking for. This and the Ranch dressing recipe. Awesome! Thank you so much! I will be back later to explore more when I have time. Lots more time! 😀

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    paula jensen — June 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    love your ‘office’!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 18th, 2017 @ 8:41 am

      Thank you! We’ve moved since this post so I have more space but I still love the furniture! 🙂

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