The best taco seasoning recipe ever

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Note: This recipe has been updated with much better pictures and quantities for making a whole jar of seasoning as opposed to just a couple of tbsps. You can view the new recipe here: Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe.

We love tacos.

Love. Them.

Beef tacos, chicken tacos, steak tacos, you name it.

But as much as it makes tacos taste great, I loathe buying pre-packaged taco seasoning mix.  First of all there are ingredients in there I don’t recognize. Second, the ingredients I do recognize I have sitting right in my cabinet.

So I have spent the summer trying different taco seasoning recipes that I found on the web, and finally, FINALLY I found one that will forever be “our” taco seasoning recipe.

It was SO GOOD in both the beef tacos and chicken tacos I made last night.

Without further ado:

The best taco seasoning recipe ever
5.0 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: seasoning
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Taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Season to taste.
I like to make 3 or 4 times what the recipe calls for so I can season to taste and save some in a jar for next time. For 1lb of ground beef, I added 2 TBSP of the taco seasoning mix and it was just the right amount of flavor and kick.


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  1. Anna says

    Thank you for this recipe! I am eating this right now, and it is hands down the best taco seasoning I have ever tasted. Finally one that is zero carb for my diet, and tasted far better than anything store bought.

  2. Katie says

    I love this taco seasoning recipe a lot, but I also add ½ Tbs of Cocoa Powder and it makes it even more delicious!

  3. Sherry says

    We have been using your recipe for a few months now and absolutely love it! It is so simple to make and has so much more flavor than the packets of seasoning! Thanks for sharing!

  4. catcatsmom says

    I’ve made this many times. It is the best. I’ve used it in beef & chicken tacos, Mexican rice, & Mexican corn. So glad I found it.

  5. Kara says

    This seriously is delicious! I will never go back to pre-packaged! It smells better when cooking and so much healthier for my family! Also just as quick when you have it pre-made! Love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. kelly says

    I made this and it was delicious!!! My friends loved it and now I would never buy then prepackaged crap filled with so many chemicals/processed stuff. I would highly recommend anyone who reads this to try it!

  7. Debbie says

    We liked this better than any other taco seasoning mix that I have tried. I did not add any water to the meat mixture when I used this recipe. It was pretty good and not soggy! I make only enough for whatever meat I am cooking at the time. It’s easy to make and I don’t need any more mixes sitting around! I just sprinkle each ingredient directly to the drained meat, then mix, heat, and eat!

  8. says

    This is one that I want to try when I get the chance to fry up some ground beef again. My mom likes to make tacos, but she does not take the time to find all of these spices and mix them together first, which means that the seasoning usually winds up being rather bland, usually consisting of little more than salt and maybe some chili powder. However, I like to experiment with spicier foods, so I will make this version for the next time that we have tacos and see if Mom likes this one better.

  9. lisatu says

    Im just wondering if these measurements make up one package or do I need to make more. Ive never used taco seasoning before but have a recipe I want to try that calls for it.


  10. Markosoupial says

    I also add 1/2 of a large ground bay leaf and simmer the seasoning with the meat in a 50/50 slurry of water and tomato sauce. Also, add this mix to cooked rice for a quick and delicious Mexican Rice.

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