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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Don’t waste your money on store-bought mix – make your own taco seasoning right at home with stuff you already have on hand!

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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning in a glass jar with spoon on wooden table with ingredients off to the side

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.  

And it really is just as simple as putting all of the spices in a bowl, giving it a quick stir, and that’s it.

So I’m not entirely sure what else to say about this. 

I mean, I could wax on and on about how this one story from my childhood was brought back to my memory…

While I labored sweating for hours in the kitchen developing this amazing taco seasoning recipe for you…

And how that completely changed my life and my perspective…

Overhead view of the various spices that are used to make Taco Seasoning Mix in piles on a small rectangular white plate

But come on, it’s taco seasoning.  Ha ha!  

It’s fast, simple, easy, and doesn’t include any extra or unwanted preservatives or fillers.  (Have you SEEN how many carbs are in the store-bought stuff?!?)

You control the ingredients.  And you can tweak them to your liking.

A closeup shot of Taco Seasoning Mix in a small glass jar with fliptop lid and measuring spoon sticking out

Storing Your Taco Seasoning Mix

I’m writing this for a fairly large batch.  The recipe will make about 1 cup + 3 tablespoons (about 16 tablespoons total) of taco seasoning mix.  You want enough to keep around so you don’t have to remake this stuff every week, but not enough that it lasts more than about 6 months as the spices will start to lose their flavor.  

Just store it in an airtight jar or container out of direct sunlight.  (I mean, as beautiful as this stuff is, you really don’t want to display it on your kitchen windowsill…)

If you have an Ikea around, you can store it in some of their glass-top containers that you see in some of the pictures above.  

Or if you use taco seasoning a lot and want to keep a bit more of this stuff around, make a double batch and store it in a pint-size mason jar.  That’s what you’ll find in my pantry, along with jars of Ranch Dressing Mix and Onion Soup Mix.  

Taco seasoning mix in a pint-size mason jar with a chalkboard label on the front and a shaker lid on top

And if you really want to get fancy, check out these oh-so-useful jar toppers I found on Amazon last week!  You use these under the jar ring, and it turns your regular mouth jar into a spice container with a shaker side or a spoon opening!  

Whatever storage container you choose, just go make some of this taco seasoning mix.  You won’t be disappointed.  Now then, it’s time to go forth and eat some tacos!  🙂 

Or if you need other ideas for what to use this taco seasoning mix in, check out my family’s favorite Make-Ahead Mexican Lasagna!

A closeup shot of Taco Seasoning Mix in a small glass jar with fliptop lid and measuring spoon sticking out

Taco Seasoning Mix

Yield: 16 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Don't waste your money on store-bought mix - make your own taco seasoning right at home with stuff you already have on hand!


  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano


  1. Place all spices into small bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Pour seasoning mix into airtight container.

To use:

Add 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix to skillet with 1 pound browned ground beef. Add 1/2 cup water. Stir and simmer on medium-low for 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1296mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information provided as an estimate only.

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Patty Lemay

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Hi! Thank you for your taco seasoning recipe. I’m a disabled Veteran and I’m wanting to give my nieces something they will actually use all year long for Christmas. Plus I want to learn and teach them that there are cheaper ways to feed their families. Very helpful!

Again thank you very much!


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

What a thoughtful gift!! And thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country! 💜

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