How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Quick and easy, this taco seasoning is the ultimate mix to keep on hand to sprinkle all over everything. It’s perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, beef, chicken, fish or pork, plus it comes together in minutes! Watch this quick recipe video to see just how easy it is!

Store-bought taco seasoning is often filled with preservatives and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients that are just not necessary for a good taco night. I’ve been making my own seasoning for years and keeping it in a little jar in my pantry so we’re always ready for tacos or homemade nachos.

Aside from being the healthier choice, I’m also a big fan of making my own seasoning because I am able to adjust the spiciness, salt, and quality of ingredients. If you like your tacos with a bit of extra kick, you can adjust the amounts as needed. I’ve found that mixture below provides the perfect amount of spice and flavor, while still being kid-friendly.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

To make my favorite taco flavoring, you’ll need just a few simple spices:

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less if you don’t like it very spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

How to make your own Taco Seasoning

To make your own DIY taco seasoning, simply add all of the spices into a glass jar, top with a lid and shake until thoroughly mixed. Store on a dry shelf or near your other seasoning mixes.

How does DIY taco seasoning compare to store-bought seasoning packets?

I’ve found that 2 tablespoons of this homemade seasoning is equivalent of 1 packet of the store bought seasoning.

And as far as flavor? Homemade seasoning is always fresher, and tastier! The ingredients in this recipe are very basic, and having the other spices in bulk allows you to use them in other dishes. The best part is that it’s free MSG, preservatives, and anti-caking agents. Hello, fresh!

Best Recipes for DIY Taco Seasoning

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A few of my favorite tacos that go perfectly with homemade seasoning:

And naturally, you can pair any of these yummy tacos with homemade grain-free tortillas. Watch how easy they are to make in the video below.

And if you’re looking to branch out beyond the traditional taco, you can try burrito bowls, quesadillas, scrambled eggs, soup and so much more. The possibilities are endless!

Are you ready for the best taco night of your life? 

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Simple, delicious and comes together in a matter of minutes. You’ll love this taco seasoning on everything from tacos to quesadillas!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 9 tablespoons 1x
  • Cuisine: mexican
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less if you don’t like it very spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Put all the spices into a resealable container or small glass jar, mix, label, and store in the cupboard. I find 2 tablespoons of seasoning equals about 1 packet of store-bought seasoning.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 47
  • Sugar: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 1399.3mg
  • Fat: 2.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 awesome people and MOMables CEO. I work hard in my kitchen so you don't have to. I'm obsessed with tacos and coffee -not always in that order.