How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Everyone loves a good taco. Right? Well making a taco with your own taco seasoning makes it even better. Here’s how to make a homemade taco seasoning your family will love.

If you love a good taco, here's how to make a homemade taco seasoning your family will love.

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If you’ve used themes to create your meal plans then you’ve probably heard of “Taco Tuesday.” When I was in high school I looked forward to eating tacos with my friends whether it was Tuesday or not. It was messy and delicious. What’s not to like right?

One day I was in the kitchen with my friend when she was making the taco meat and I saw her dump a packet of red stuff (taco seasoning) into the pan. And I have to admit, I’ve made it that way for years. Well, probably more like over a decade. But … I finally kicked the packet habit and made my own taco seasoning. Why you ask?

Beef Tacos

Why I Ditched the Packet

There are lots of reasons I ditched the packet. After a while, I realized everything I needed to make taco seasoning was already in my pantry (thanks hubby). Which then got me to thinking, “why am I paying $1.99 for taco seasoning?” It’s like paying twice for things I’ve already bought. I’m mean think of the other things I could do with that $1.99.

If you love a good taco, here's how to make a homemade taco seasoning your family will love.

And there are other things in some of those packets that I don’t want in my taco seasoning including potato starch, sugar and natural flavors. Yup, natural flavors. Whatever that is. No thank you. You’ll notice this recipe doesn’t include sugar, flour or beef bouillon which some pre made packets of taco seasoning include. Personally, I think sugar and flour is unnecessary. But that’s just me.

Another great reason to make your own taco seasoning is so you can make it exactly the way you like it. Once you master this basic recipe you can add extra cayenne or red pepper flakes if you like your tacos with a bit more heat.

This is a simple taco seasoning recipe without the heat, because that’s what works for my family. The littles aren’t too fond of spicy foods so I always keep the cayenne and red pepper flakes to a minimum (unless I making something just for hubby & I).

If you love a good taco, here's how to make a homemade taco seasoning your family will love.


This recipe makes more than enough taco seasoning for tonight and your next “Taco Night.” If you make a big bowl of this homemade taco seasoning you need to store it in an air tight container. It’s also best for you to place it in your pantry or a cool dry place.

Homemade taco seasoning can last for up to 2 years if kept in an airtight container. Make sure to keep the container or package tightly closed at all times.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s time to ditch the packets and make your own taco seasoning so you can craft it your tastebuds.
Prep Time5 mins
Author: El


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch red pepper flakes optional


  • In a bowl, combine all the spices in a bowl and keep in an air tight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.

How to Make Taco Meat

  1. Season 1 pound of ground beef with a little salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat add 1/2 a diced onion and cook until slightly translucent.
  3. Add ground beef to onion and cook meat until crumbled and no longer pink.
  4. Drain fat from beef and return beef to skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and mix until completely combined.
  5. Slowly add 1/4 cup of water. Stir until completely combined and mixture has thickened.

Try this Taco Skillet

One Pot Taco Skillet

So, are you ready to ditch the packet and make a some yummy tacos? Yay!!!


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