Looking down on a spoonful of homemade taco seasoning.

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


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. 



  • 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)



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


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.