Homemade Taco Seasoning

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 18, 2012

I love spices. Love. Love. Love. The world would be a very bland place without them. A place that I wouldn’t want to cook or bake in. Because if the food you are creating doesn’t’ taste good, well, what’s the point?

That’s my philosophy anyway. Hubs on the other hand, he’ll eat just about anything. Even if he doesn’t like it. In or entire relationship I swear I’ve only ever seen him stop eating food twice because he didn’t like it. It was that bad.

Thankfully, it wasn’t something I made. He’s smart enough to eat what I put in front of him.

We have a well stocked spice pantry. Many come from a local spice shop which sells spices and all manner of wonderful ingredients by bulk. Our shelves are full of these little containers of bright red and deep burgundy spices. Hunter green and deep tan. Fragrant spices that jump into your nose the second you open them.

It’s almost like my own little spice store.

With all of the spices in the word lining my shelves (except curry, I just can not stand curry) I have no need for store bought spice mixes. I shake my head sadly at the containers of apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice. I roll my eyes at Italian seasoning. I try not to laugh at the envelopes of taco seasoning.

Actually, I cringe a little when I see those envelopes. They are just so flavorless. Just so blah.

So no, I don’t buy taco seasoning. I make it. And it’s good. So, so good. I get to control the heat. I can control the salt.

Which is a good thing, because I like control. Just ask Hubs and my almost 4-year old son.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I make up a batch of this and store it in my spice pantry, with all of it’s little spice friends.

Yes, I think that all of my spices are friends. Except for curry. All of my spices hate curry.

Taco Seasoning

Total Time: 5 minutes

Taco Seasoning


  • 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
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper


  1. Mix together ingredients in an airtight container. Shake to combine.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons for every 1 pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken. Use to replace store-bought taco seasoning in any recipe, like slow cooker chipolte chicken tacos.


Adapted from AllRecipes.com


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1 Rebecca March 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Or you could buy Wildtree’s Taco Seasoning which is filler free, dye free, and has no preservatives. http://www.mywildtree.com/rebeccaverkerk For the price of all of those spices a jar would be a save. :)

2 Kitchen Belleicious March 19, 2012 at 6:48 am

i can;t ever count how many times i am making tacos and realize i don’t have the taco seasoning packet. Always just make up my own recipe for the seasoning but will definitely be using yours next time!

3 Elise March 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

I totally agree with you on the store bought seasonings! Plus, it’s so much cheaper than buying those little packets.

4 Laura March 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

sounds great-just pinned it. I’ll give this a try next Taco Night!! Thanks for sharing!

5 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Thanks much for the Pin!

6 Denise March 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

I’m like you – I totally dislike the “seasoning” packets/jars.Besides being overrun by sodium, they are uber expensive! I wish I had a good quality bulk spice store near me. I’m trying to find a place that I can buy spices by the pound. Does the store you go to have an online store too?

7 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

No, they don’t have an online store. Sorry! I also love Penzey’s spices, which you can order online, but they can be a little pricy.

8 Hollie March 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Sounds yummy, I’ll have to give it a try!

9 Miz Helen March 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
Miz Helen

10 Ann April 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Most excellent! The Welding Man is now on a low salt diet and I’ve been looking for a tasty taco seasoning recipe. I am totally blown away how much sodium is in processed foods! Making everything from scratch is healthier, tastier and cheaper. I should have known!

11 TINA May 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I am wondering how you store this and is there a good way to give this as a small gift? This maybe a dumb questions but I am not so good in the kitchen. Thanks,

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