Homemade Taco Seasoning


How many boxes of Taco Seasoning have you bought in the last year? We use a lot of Taco Seasoning and we save money by making our own. I also know what ingredients are in mine because I put them there! Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. It only takes a few minutes to make a batch.

Source: I adapted my recipe from foodrenegade.com.




Put the ingredients in a bowl and combine.

Store in an airtight container.

(Use 3 Tbsp of the mixture to replace one – 1.25 oz packet you buy at the store)


Homemade Taco Seasoning




  • 1 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Use 3 Tbsp of the mixture in place of one store bought 1.25 oz packet.
  3. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.



Categories: Spices/Seasoning


  1. I love making my own, I’d never go back to the store bought ones. So many of them have sugar, why?! I make one exactly like this, except that I haven’t tried with onion powder yet…I figured because there’s always onions in Mexican recipes that I didn’t need it. Maybe i’ll adjust it and try that.

  2. Thanks for the share. Every year, I like to give my family different jars of spices as Christmas Gifts. I’ve added your recipe to this gift. Have a great day.

    • Awesome! I love giving homemade food items as gifts as well. Have you ever made homemade vanilla extract? I gave that as gifts as well. I have the recipe on my website if you’re interested in making it. It has to be started now to ready for Christmas. Great gifts!

  3. Great recipe! You know what I have been doing for tacos lately – I have been simmering my cooked ground beef in my favorite salsa diluted with water. I simmer it a long time and the salsa/water mixture evaporates and I am left with deeply salsa seasoned ground beef. Makes yummy tacos 🙂

      • I wanted to mention that my mother-in-law figured out that a manual coffee grinder works very well for spices, too, so she designated one for that use alone (although an adventurous soul might like the different flavors the coffee beans could take on).

      • I do that too! Mine plugs in though. I will never use it for coffee again because I dehydrate jalapeños and grind them to a powder…lol It does a wonderful job! Your mother-in-law is a smart lady!

  4. You’re right Diane, I have all these in my cupboard. What an amazing savings and it is nice to know what is it in. I will definitely make this one. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I use a very similar recipe. I also use the mixture on pork chops and chicken. I add a bit of corn starch to thicken up the water. Exactly like store bought. Haven’t purchased taco seasoning (or any other packaged mix) in years.

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