Ditch the prepared packets and make this super simple Homemade Taco Seasoning! It’s made 100 percent from scratch and takes no time to pull it together. Once made, simply combine and add to 1 to 2 pounds cooked ground beef, turkey or chicken for tacos. Yields about 2 tablespoons or equivalent to 1 store bought envelope. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

If I had a dollar for every time I made this homemade taco seasoning, I would be vacationing in Belize right now.

At first I would make a single batch and then refill my designated “taco seasoning jar” every other week. Once that got old, I wised up and now I make a triple batch.

You can use this homemade taco seasoning for a lot of things. Recipes like chili, regular and double decker tacos, 7-layer taco dip, cheesy Mexican beef skillet, or chili. There’s quite a few recipes to choose from so if you type: “homemade taco seasoning” into the search bar on the top right of your screen. A long list of recipe should pull up.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

So why bother purchasing a pre-made taco mix with additives and preservatives and who knows what else, when you can make your own that’s a million times better than any packet?

Homemade Taco Seasoning ingredients

TO MAKE THIS Homemade Taco Seasoning you will need: 

  • chili powder (regular or ancho chili)
  • ground cumin
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • paprika
  • dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • red pepper flakes, or more to taste

Keep in mind, this recipe is equivalent to 1 packet of store bought which is about 2 tablespoons-ish. Therefore feel free to double or triple.

What Are The Best Spices For Making Your Own Seasonings and Spice Blends?

There’s no right or wrong brand. I will first say, buy what you can afford. However, not all spices are created equal as you tend to get what you pay for. Currently I use Morton & Bassett (not sponsored) because I find their spices to be top notch in texture, color and flavor. I love and respect what their company stands for not only with charitable work but also quality control. With that said some other wonderful brands I’ve used over the years are Simple Organic, Frontier Co-op and Penzys.

measure and add to a jar

Measure out 1 tablespoon mild chili powder (regular or ancho chili), 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. And add 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 and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes and add it to a container that has a tight-fitting lid.

spices in jar

In the past, I’ve used metal tins and I have even re-used glass spice jars. However, these squatty glass jars are perfect for both mixing and storing spice blends. I’m slowly transitioning into using strickly these jar because I can stack them and they free up a ton of space in my spice cabinet.

stir to combine

That’s it, my friends! Now you have taco seasoning at your fingertips and use in all your favorite taco-inspired recipes. Because homemade taco seasoning is the best kind of taco seasoning!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Yield: 1 servings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ditch the prepared packets and make this super simple homemade taco seasoning! It's made 100% from scratch and takes no time to whip up and is the best homemade taco seasoning ever.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, ancho or regular
  • teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, see notes
  • 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 the spices into an airtight container or small jar. Whisk or use a fork to combine. Use in any recipe calling for taco seasoning!
  • Otherwise, store in a cool dry place for 1 to 2 years.


If using in a dip (like 7-layer Taco Dip) cut the salt down to 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon.
Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2467mg, Potassium: 254mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2575IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 4mg