Homemade taco seasoning is quick and easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen pantry right now. It's a perfectly balanced seasoning that is delicious on tacos, burritos, chicken, rice, and more.

Try this taco seasoning in our baja fish tacos or our crockpot chicken tacos.

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Homemade Taco seasoning

Store-bought taco seasoning might taste good, but loaded with additives and hard to pronounce ingredients. Which is one reason we like to make our own.

The other reason (and just as important as the first) is that it tastes better. The spices are fresh and more flavorful. And since we don't add salt to our seasoning, it allows you to salt your recipe just the way you like it.

This recipe blends six pantry-staple spices to get that authentic Tex-Mex flavor. It's delicious.

Bonus: if you make your own homemade taco seasoning, it is WAY less expensive!

The spices in taco seasoning in a white bowl.

How to make your own taco seasoning

No need to run to the grocery store, it's so easy to make your own homemade taco seasoning! Here's what to do:

  1. Mix the six pantry-staple spices together.

That's all there is to it!

Full recipe in the recipe card below.

How much taco seasoning is in a packet

Most taco seasoning packets are 1-ounce, which equals 2 tablespoons.

If you're making a recipe that calls for 1 packet of taco seasoning, use 2 tablespoons.

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How long does homemade taco seasoning last

Whole, dried spices will last for up to 2 years if stored properly. But ground spices, like we use in this recipe, will last for 6 months.

That's not to say that if you don't use your taco seasoning within 6 months that it won't be good anymore. But the flavor will start to weaken and you may find yourself needing more of the mix to get the same flavor.

Luckily, there are lots of ways to use taco seasoning!

How to use taco seasoning

Use this taco seasoning to add a bit of Tex-Mex flavor to all your favorite dishes.

Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat.

(It is typically recommended to use 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning per pound of meat. But we like our food extra flavorful, so we often add 3 tablespoons.)

If you're worried that you won't use a whole batch of homemade taco seasoning, have no fear. There are lots of ways to use this tasty seasoning mix!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup 1x
  • Category: Spices
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Homemade taco seasoning is quick and easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen pantry right now. It's a perfectly balanced seasoning that is delicious on tacos, burritos, chicken, rice, and more. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons sweet or smoked paprika (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon cayenne (if you like it spicy)

 


Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. 
  2. Store in a jar in your pantry. 

Notes

Note: there is no salt in this recipe so you will need to add some to the recipe you are cooking. 

2 tablespoons of this taco seasoning = 1 packet of taco seasoning.

Using smoked paprika will give you a strong, smoky flavor. 

 

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