Homemade Taco Seasoning


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Homemade Taco Seasoning makes taco night easy if you’re missing packet taco seasoning. Our DIY recipe is simple to make, mild or spicy!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

We’re big fans of taco night- Taco Tuesday, anyone? Tacos are incredibly flavorful and easy to make up. All you need is some ground beef, taco seasoning, and the usual taco fixings for a delicious and simple family dinner. Often times, however, we either can’t find or don’t have any taco seasoning packets. Just when dinner seems lost, we remember that we have this little DIY seasoning recipe!

DIY Taco Seasoning in a clear jar

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This seasoning mix is great for all sorts of ground beef and chicken dishes. Use them to make our Mini Taco Bowl Bites– a delicious little beef appetizer that’s perfect for parties. For a tasty copycat, we also have a Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipejust cause it’s off the menu doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it! Chicken Quesadillas, meanwhile, are flavorful and packed with chicken, cheese, and veggies!

Easy taco seasoning mixture on a spoon

Once you’ve figured out your main fare, you’ll want to get some sides ready as well. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there!
  • Whether as a burrito filling or a side, Easy Spanish Rice has a place at your dinner table. This lightly-spiced red rice is rich with flavor from garlic, onion, and some tomato sauce.
  • What Mexican-style dinner is complete without some Easy Pico De Gallo? This simple, chunky salsa is perfect with a nice bowl of tortilla chips or served over your tacos.
  • Speaking of tortilla chips, another great dipping option is our White Queso Dip. Make it easy with some White American cheese, spice it to your liking, and please don’t double dip your chip! Ha ha!

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We hope our recipes gave you some ideas. Throw a few of them together and make a delicious spread for your next party or Taco Tuesday Night! We know you’ll love it!

Text on image Homemade Taco Seasoning spoon shot

What’s in Taco Spice Mix

  • Chili Powder – feel free to add cayenne for a bit of extra heat.
  • Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Corn Starch
  • Garlic & Onion Powders
  • Oregano

Ingredients to make taco seasoning

How to make your own Taco Seasoning

Preparing this spice blend is as simple as tossing all of your ingredients into a bowl and mixing until consistent. Easy as that!

Ingredients in a bowl

The recipe we give here is perfect for making ground beef for tacos. Mix this recipe with about 1 pound of ground beef and about 2/3 cups of water. Brown your beef, drain off the fat, add in these spices and the water, and let cook! Taco night made easy!

Taco seasoning mix in a jar with spoon

While you could make a single batch of this recipe, we’d recommend multiplying this recipe by at least 3 or 4. Make up a large batch, put it in a jar, and keep it in your pantry for whenever you’re wanting tacos.

ingredients on a board

Like we mentioned above, this recipe is easy to tweak to your preference. See how this recipe turns out with something like smoked paprika vs regular paprika- the possibilities are endless! Keep us updated on your own secret ingredients down in the comments of this post- we’re curious what other folks are adding…

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Homemade Taco Seasoning makes taco night easy if you're missing packet taco seasoning. Our DIY recipe is simple to make, mild or spicy!
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Dinner


  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin


  • Combine ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Add this with 2/3 cup of water to 1 pound of browned and drained ground beef.


Calories: 47kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 428mg, Potassium: 210mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2488IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 3mg
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About Jen Cincyshopper

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