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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

This easy homemade taco seasoning mix comes together in less than 5 minutes and makes the best addition to your favorite Mexican food. So much better than the packaged one!

Spoonful of DIY Taco Seasoning on a Jar

If you love tacos, this homemade taco seasoning is a life saver. Just spend 5 minutes making a big batch of it and enjoy quick homemade tacos without spending hours in the kitchen! This easy recipe saves you time, money and calories.

Besides, you can control the ingredients that go into it. No more additives, preservatives and other chemicals packaged seasoning is loaded with.

You can be sure that your DIY taco seasoning is gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and GMO-free. Fresh taco seasoning is so good it will become a staple in your pantry, I guarantee it. If you haven’t already, make sure to check my khmeli suneli spice mix as well!

With this easy taco seasoning recipe you are in charge of the flavor it’ll have. Like your tacos a little spicier? Add more chili powder. Love a smoky note chipotle peppers have? Use smoked paprika for that. Care about the sodium levels? Add less salt.

You can have your taco seasoning the way YOU like it without even having to go to the store because most likely you already have all the ingredients I used in this basic recipe.

Spoonful of Homemade Taco Seasoning in a Jar

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

There is no true definite taco seasoning recipe, so you can leave out what you want or add spices you want.

The basic DIY recipe has 8 ingredients in it:

  • Chili powder;
  • Cumin;
  • Smoked paprika;
  • Garlic powder;
  • Chili flakes;
  • Oregano;
  • Black pepper;
  • Salt.

Chili powder, cimin, smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, chili flakes, salt and pepper separately on a plate

How to Make Taco Seasoning

Mix chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili flakes, oregano, black pepper and salt in a mixing bowl or a mason jar and stir to combine. Enjoy with tacos, fajitas, Mexican salads, sauces, dips, soups or casseroles!

Store the homemade taco seasoning mix in a mason jar for up to a year. You can store it for even longer but the smell and flavor will become less intense over time. I bet you will use it up much sooner though!

3 tablespoons of this mix is an equivalent to one store-bought packet.

Mixed Homemade Taco Seasoning on a Plate with a Wooden Spoon Next to Jalapenos

Cook’s Tips

  • The recipe makes 3 tablespoons which is an equivalent to one store-bought taco seasoning packet.
  • To make 1 cup of taco seasoning, increase the serving size to 20 using the button above.
  • Store the seasoning mix in a mason jar for up to a year. You can store it even longer but the smell and flavor will become less intense over time. I bet you will use it up much sooner though!
  • You can grind it down a bit more using a coffee or spice grinder. I prefer not to do it though.

Recipe Variations

  • Add onion powder if you are not using fresh onions for your tacos. I usually do, so I didn’t include onion powder in my seasoning mix.
  • Leave out what you want and/or add spices you want. Add more chili powder and crushed chili flakes for extra heat, more smoked paprika if you like the smoky flavor, less salt if you follow a low-sodium diet. If you are NOT in the US, use 1 teaspoon chili powder, not 1 tablespoon!
  • Add ½ teaspoon cornstarch to create a saucy consistency for your taco meat/meat substitutes/beans. Make sure mix the seasoning with 4-5 tablespoons of water before adding it to the skillet, too.

Next time you make tacos, they will burst with spices and flavor and will taste so much better than any take-out! Once you try this DIY taco seasoning, you’ll never go back to the packaged one!

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5 from 4 votes

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

This easy homemade taco seasoning mix comes together in less than 5 minutes and
makes the best addition to your favorite Mexican food. So much better than the
packaged one!






Course Condiment, Seasoning mix
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword homemade taco seasoning, taco seasoning, taco seasoning mix
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 12kcal
$1

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder or sweet paprika for a mild flavor
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Mix chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili flakes, oregano, black pepper and salt in a mixing bowl or a mason jar and stir to combine.
  • Enjoy with tacos, fajitas, Mexican salads, sauces dips, soups or casseroles!

Notes

  • Cook’s Tips

    • The recipe makes 3 tablespoons which is an equivalent to one store-bought taco seasoning packet.
    • To make 1 cup of taco seasoning, increase the serving size to 20 using the button above.
    • Store the seasoning mix in a mason jar for up to a year. You can store it even longer but the smell and flavor will become less intense over time. I bet you will use it up much sooner though!
    • You can grind it down a bit more using a coffee or spice grinder. I prefer not to do it though.

    Recipe Variations

    • Add onion powder if you are not using fresh onions for your tacos. I usually do, so I didn’t include onion powder in my seasoning mix.
    • Leave out what you want and/or add spices you want. Add more chili powder and crushed chili flakes for extra heat, more smoked paprika if you like the smoky flavor, less salt if you follow a low-sodium diet. If you are NOT in the US, use 1 teaspoon chili powder, not 1 tablespoon!
    • Add ½ teaspoon cornstarch to create a saucy consistency for your taco meat/meat substitutes/beans. Make sure mix the seasoning with 4-5 tablespoons of water before adding it to the skillet, too.

Nutrition

Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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Helena

Monday 3rd of June 2019

I can't believe how quick and easy this mix recipe is! Just what I need - thank you :-)

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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