Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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A couple of years ago I started making my own taco seasoning from scratch because of the extra crap they seemed to put in pre-packaged taco seasonings. I got tired of not knowing exactly what I was eating and when I realized how easy it was to make it myself, it’s been a no-brainer to make a supply of it to keep on hand for when I need it.

homemade taco seasoning recipe

You can take a look at the original recipe here: The Best Taco Seasoning Recipe, but it is the same as the one below, I just updated the photos and modified the recipe for more of a bulk situation so you don’t have to make some every time you need it.

I use this homemade taco seasoning in tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, chili, and more.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 6 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a jar or small container add all the ingredients together and stir or shake until combined.
  2. Season to taste for your dish.
Notes
To make beef taco mix I use 1 lb of ground beef. I brown the beef with 1 tbsp of taco seasoning, drain the grease, then add another tbsp of taco seasoning. Then I simmer with ½ - 1 cup of water until most of the water has absorbed.


I store my homemade seasonings in Ball jars. I store a lot of things in Ball jars because they are glass which means there aren’t any toxic chemicals leeching into our food. I also store homemade coconut milk, coffee beans and all of my grain-free flours in them. We also drink out of them too! They are very versatile and Made in the U.S.A. which is a label I always try and look for.

homemade taco seasoning recipe

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  1. Katie says

    Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and this is even more fantastic, especially on fajitas!

  2. says

    Oh thanks so much for this! I’m really trying to find more natural (and non-GMO) alternatives to our family’s staples and taco and chili seasoning is one thing that I never really thought to look at…let’s just say GROSS. I actually have all of these spices in my cabinet already!

  3. says

    Thanks for this Kim! We go through so much taco seasoning and it seems like I often run to the store just to grab some when we’re making Mexican dishes, as I seem to run out all the time! Using this method, I’ll never have to again!

  4. jason says

    Take it a step further and make the chili powder from scratch. Alton Brown has a good recipe for one.

  5. Jen says

    I made this tonight for tacos and you’re right, it is better! I’ll make it this way from now on.

  6. Eileen says

    THANK you Kim for posting this, I have been sick for over 12 years now. They dx’d it as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. CFIDS with the immune dysfunction part of it. I KNOW that at least in part it is from food additives, toxins, chemicals from cleaners and other things around as I am chemically sensitive. And also to smells. WHATS that SMELL, is huge to me. LOL> But the food, we have a LOT of control over. Smart girl you are to do just that!

    • says

      Eileen, I am just now seeing this comment. Just crazy busy and my computer was down last week.

      Food additives are to blame for so much that is wrong with us, I wish more people paid attention to it.

  7. says

    I have made your recipe in the smaller batch int he past, thanks for the bulk recipe, I’ll be making some up to have on hand now!

  8. says

    I have been making my own for well over a year now and also do a large bulk amount. It is much more healthier and IMO tastes much better than the packet crap. I finally got my mom to make her own as well!