Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

March 12, 2012

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I have made my own taco seasoning for years and I know that once you start making your own you will be hooked as well. One of the main reasons I make my own is that so many of the prepacked seasoning is fairly expensive + there are TONS of preservatives in them! A extra plus is this recipe is gluten – free.

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
What To Do
Mix all ingredients together. Use 2 FULL Tablespoons of seasoning for 1 pound of beef.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
: Seasoning
Simple and Easy Taco Seasoning.
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Use 2 FULL Tablespoons of seasoning for 1 pound of beef.
  2. Enjoy

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Robin March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

My family loves taco salad and I like to mix taco seasoning in cream cheese to go with it or for dipping taco chips in. My girlies love it! So thanks much for a home made recipe. I was just thinking about finding a recipe for it, so perfect timing. I imagine will be cheaper than buying the packaged stuff. Magic bullet gives a nice homemade guacamole recipe in their booklet to go with tacos too.
I like to be frugal and resourceful when I can so thanks much :).


Bethany Foster March 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I want to make quite a bit at a time and store for future use. Does this recipe double well? (I’m still new to the cooking world! :] )


Budget Savvy Diva March 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I actually make this recipe up to 10 times at a time and it works great. I keep it stored in a airtight container.


Joyce W March 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I’ve been making my own for over 20 years as I cook. I just add the ingredients directly. This is fantastic for fajitas or tacos. …..store bought has such a nasty after taste.


Catherine March 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Do you add water to this one like you would to the packets?


Budget Savvy Diva March 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm



Brian February 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

The only reason you add water to the packets is because they include corn starch. The water is used to create a kind of thickened sauce. I happen to like that, so I added about 1/2 tablespoon of corn starch and added water. Perfect.


denise March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

this will be a money saver, thanks for the recipe


karma March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I went straight out and bought all the ingredients right away after seeing your recipe! My husband made some this week and he and I both loved it! thanks for sharing!


Sam j. March 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Lol. Just had to let you know I love the pictures you put up with the burn mark on your cutting board that your hubby made! Just makes me smile each time. Makes you seem more real! Thanks for all you do!


Chipper Norris April 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Great seasoning recipe. Now I don’t have to buy the Old El Paso packets anymore (that was my favorite before I found your recipe). Thanks for the help!


Jennifer Rae June 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

So good! I used this on the fantastic taco casserole, and it was so very delicious! Highly recommended!


Maija-Liisa July 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

At our home we use one pan for hamburger with taco seasoning and a pot with beans. I use taco seasoning in those too for my vegetarian kids and friends and serve both. For super easy just open a can of black or kidney beans, add taco seasoning, stir and heat.


shannon July 17, 2012 at 4:57 am

Just yesterday I was thinking that you can make your own taco seasoning. So, I googled homemade taco seasoning recipes and stumbled upon your site. I just made my own taco seasoning using your recipe. It smells just like the packages from the stores. Can’t wait to try it!!


Budget Savvy Diva July 17, 2012 at 5:42 am



nancy September 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I’m just getting into making my own mixes/seasonings and really want to try a Taco Mix; how would you compare your Homemade version to your Copy Cat Taco Bell version as far as taste and also shelf-life (i.e. making a large batch to store)?? Thanks!!


Shannon February 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Any way to alter this to not use the cayenne pepper? I have everything else, but I have no other use to buy cayenne pepper for.


Budget Savvy Diva February 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

You can make it without – it will have less heat


Rebecca B February 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm

do you have any idea what the sodium content would be? We are on a low sodium diet here, so I’m looking for low sodium subs – Thanks


Stacey March 8, 2013 at 7:49 am

Have tried several recipes an your’s is my fave! Thanks so much :)


Lori April 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Made this for a taco bar for my daughter’s birthday party and it was a huge hit. I didn’t have any Cayenne pepper so I used a seasoning mix I had in my cupboard called “Arizona Heat” which is just a blend of various seasonings. I am planning on making up a bunch of this recipe this afternoon and storing it in a jar. Thanks for letting me cross one more packaged item off my grocery list.


Alyssa December 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Is there a bulk recipe somewhere? I thought I’ve seen it before but now can’t find it…


Joelle February 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

I’ve tried a few different “homemade taco seasoning” recipes, but your’s by far is the best! I even pinned it to my “Recipes I’ve tried, & would make again” board. http://www.pinterest.com/joelle305/recipes-i-ve-tried-would-make-again/

Thanks for the recipe!


Watson February 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Love it!!!!!


Lindsay L March 8, 2014 at 1:52 am

This is going to be such a money saver!!


Allie Talley March 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I haven’t bought a taco packet in ages! I love this stuff!


Stephanie Heiple October 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

i am new to being gluten free, but I read that ketchup, and spices contain gluten. Are there certain brands of ketchup, or spices you’ve found that don’t Cait any gluten in them?


kathy December 17, 2014 at 6:19 am

will this work with chicken tacos?


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