Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is comprised of 10 different spices and seasonings that you likely already have in your pantry!

When I started toying around with the idea of becoming a food blogger, somewhere around August 2011, I began visiting as many food blogs as I could to try and get a feel for the audience and who was reading them. One of the first food blogs I came across, I witnessed a commenter go crazy about the fact that the author of the recipe used a packet of taco seasoning! *Gasp* The audacity!!! ;)

I’ve used packets of taco seasoning ever since I started making tacos! What could possibly be wrong with a packet or pre-measured seasonings? Now, I sort of get it. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with taco seasoning packets at the grocery store. It’s just that they include random ingredients that are difficult to pronounce like maltrodextrin, monosodium glutamate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and ethoxyquin. The other “problem” is that I’ve been brand loyal to French’s Taco Seasoning for YEARS, but it’s hard to come by. My grocery store doesn’t sell it anymore, and if I buy it online it’s $2.00 for a single little seasoning packet!

Because it’s difficult to get my hands on our favorite packaged seasoning, I decided I’d give homemade taco seasoning a try. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it turned out! All it takes is a combo of 10 different spices and seasonings, most of which you should already have on hand. 

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It’ll take you about 5 minutes to measure out all of the spices, then you mix them all up and wooola… you’ve got taco seasoning that costs pennies to make and doesn’t have any foreign ingredients!

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When the mix is well-combined, store it in an air-tight container. When you’re ready to make tacos, you just brown the meat as you normally would and drain the excess fat. Measure 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat and add it to the pan. Add 2/3 cup water, and 2 tablespoons of flour if you want more of a sauce (if not, no need to add flour), bring it to a boil then let it simmer a bit and you’re ready to go! Tacos made with homemade taco seasoning!

One of my new favorite ways to prepare tacos is in the oven with these Oven Tacos – simple and delicious! Another fun way to use this homemade taco seasoning is with none other than… Taco Dip! Tomorrow, I’ll be posting yet another way for you to use this simple homemade taco seasoning so stay tuned!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5mn


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  1. Combine all seasonings and mix well. Store in an air-tight container.
  2. Use in place of a packet of taco seasoning. 
  3. 2 tablespoons of seasoning is needed per pound of taco meat. 
  4. When you make tacos, brown ground beef and drain excess fat. Add in 2 tablespoons seasoning per pound of meat along with 2/3 cup water per pound of meat. If you want more of a sauce, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour.

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  1. wow. i spend like $0.79 on low sodium taco seasoning. Ya that’s nothing but I can’t believe you’re paying that much for that. Anyway, thanks for posting this. Going to try it out

  2. Thanks for posting your thoughts about the whole process of deciding to make the taco seasoning and developing a recipe. I love blogs that reveal the “behind the scenes” motives and actions that inspire and create a posted recipe. I’ve toyed with home-made taco seasoning in the past, but I’ve always gone back to the packaged mix because of the lack of a thickener in the mix. Thanks for the tip to add flour. Duh! The simplest things sometimes just pass me by! Love your blog.

    • Hi Christine, thank you so much for the comment! Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’m great at allowing the simplest things to pass me by too! :)

      • Still love this post. I have used nothing but your taco seasoning mix since I made my original comment. I think your secret ingredient is the coriander. Whenever I use your taco seasoning (which is often)I say a prayer for you and your family. With appreciation and gratitude for your service and kindness to the home-cook, Merry Christmas!

  3. I like to add a little cinnamon to the mix as well :) !

  4. Is it true that u use celery seeds in taco seasoning?

  5. I love this mix. Thanks so much. I’ve been wanting to figure this out and now I don’t have to. Gotta share this on Google+.

  6. How much of each spice! Not listed, please send to me ,Thanks

  7. Paula Sacco Leyva

    You have to hit on the link and then scroll down to the bottom of the sheet, the recipe is there!!!

  8. GREAT RECIPE–THANK YOU–I have to cut down on sodium and the package stuff is loaded,,with salt,,WOOHOO,,i have all ings..except 2,,i’ll pick those up when I go to town :) :) AND my favorite food to cook and eat—Mexican Thanks Again !!

  9. Made a batch of this tonight. It was great. I added a tbs of flour to it.. Thanks for posting this. :)

  10. I usually by the packaged taco seasoning but think I will start making my own. Thank you for recipe.

  11. Line Amundsen-Porter

    I make my own, used to think it was too much work. My recipe must be the same as yours,as it has all the same ingredients. Get a jar specifically for taco seasoning, buy all the spices and you will never look back :)

  12. Terri Blattenberg Becktel

    I don’t use taco seasoning. I saute onions, add ground beef or ground turkey, cook it’s till it’s done, drain any fat, add a can of Dennisons hot chili beans.

  13. Christie Swaner-Abbott

    Once I read the pkg ingredients, and realized there was no magic secrets, I just started making my own. Much cheaper and better.

  14. This is awesome, thank you for posting! I try to make my tacos from scratch but sometimes I have to cheat when in a hurry so I buy the packet. This is great I can make ahead and store in the pantry for when I want it. Love the idea :)

  15. Make my own! I hate the aftertaste of the package, plus the “extras.”

  16. I love your web and am going to try some of your recipies,but because I live in United Kingdom I can’t get some of the ingreediance what is cool whip and what can I use instead of it.

  17. I never buy mine, I’ve been making my own for about 5 years; it’s a great way to cut down on salt. The taco packets are so full of salt !

  18. That is true Kayla, there are still times I buy the packet from the grocery store.

  19. Melissa Morrison Moeller

    How spicy is this? I have a kid who is super sensitive to spice – unfortunately! I would LOVE to make my own, though.

  20. I’m trying the taco dip for my grandson’s 1st birthday party tomorrow. I’ve been dying to try it, it looks great! I couldn’t find French’s seasoning mix so I tried another brand, as I didn’t have the recipe for the homemade one at the time. The next time I’ll make my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. We use taco seasoning in our chili it taste great.

  22. We use taco seasoning in so many recipes and every so often I run out and have to make my own. Often it tastes better than the store bought version.

  23. I believe many of our health problems are caused by life long ingesting unpronouceable chemicals. Thanks for helping me feed my family in what must be a more healful way.

  24. This was so awesome!The best and freshest tasting taco seasoning ever. I have tried to make my own but mine never tasted so good! Thanks for sharing!

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