The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

The perfect amount of spices come together in the homemade taco seasoning!  You will never buy taco seasoning from the store again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

 I have continued my healthy eating habits and goals that I made back in December.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I ate like a fat kid and got more ice cream cones than one should consume on our cruise, but I have tried to maintain a healthy diet back at home.   One of my favorite meals to make are turkey tacos.  I make a big batch at the beginning of the week and have them almost every day during the week.  Tacos are the best.  Seriously.

As I was making my weekly batch of turkey taco meat I reached into the cabinet to grab a seasoning packet.   There weren’t any there!  What would I ever do without unseasoned meat?  So I pulled out the computer and began my search for the perfect seasoning.

 I had all of the spices in my cabinet.   It took only a minute to throw them all together.  The first recipe that I tried was a little to spicy for my liking.  So I tweaked it to my liking and found the perfect taco seasoning just for you.  It was amazing!  I can’t believe that I have never made my own taco seasoning before.  It is WAY better than the store bought packages and I know that your family will love it too!

Best Taco Seasoning

How To Make Taco Seasoning

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The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning
The perfect amount of spices come together in the homemade taco seasoning! You will never buy from the store again!
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Combine all seasonings together and store in an airtight container.
  2. I used one recipe in one pound of ground turkey. Recipe can easily be doubled and use more or less to taste. I also like to add ½ cup of water to the meat and seasonings to make the meat more moist.


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  1. do you use “smoked” paprika or regular? Would it make a big difference?

  2. hiw spicy would you say this is? That seems like a lot of chili powder!

    • Not spicy at all. It used to have red pepper flakes added and I took them out. It made it too spicy for our family.

    • Jamie Pitchford says:

      Chili powder is NOT spicy unless you get one that says HOT on it. I usually add 3-4 TBSP to my chili and its not spicy at all. Cayenne Pepper is probably what you’re thinking of and yes that would be a lot of cayenne.

  3. Since you already like to add water to your meat and seasoning try adding a little cornstarch to your taco seasoning, it makes it turns the extra water into more of a taco sauce with the meat. (They usually add it to those little packets, too). Thanks for the recipe! I always make my taco seasonings but love to try new recipes for them.

  4. Angelle says:

    I was looking for this recipe. Exactly the one I used a while ago and lost. Thank you for finding it and posting; a very good and healthy alternative to buying the frankenfood variety in the store.

  5. Do you recommend using 1 tablespoon per pound of meat or this ENTIRE recipe?

    • Tyger Collier says:

      I was wondering the same thing because I wanted to make this in bulk.

      • Making this in a batch would be okay, except that some of the spices lose their flavour quite quickly — mostly the paprika, but the chili powder probably would, too. So you probably wouldn’t want to make, like, a year’s worth at once. Paprika only has flavour for approx 2 months once it’s opened, after that it’s just gritty.

        She says that she used the entire recipe for 1 lb of ground turkey. The entire recipe here totals about 2.5 TBSP of the seasoning. I personally would use about half of it, but I’m a real wimp when it comes to spices nowadays.

  6. Bye-bye packages! We liked it! Thanks for sharing this. Happy day!

  7. I made a big batch of this before realizing I didn’t know how much to use each time! How much would you use for one pound of burger?

    • I had the same question. Adding the ingredients makes almost 3 tablespoons so I suppose 3 tablespoons or a little less that 1/4 cup.

    • I make this all the time. I use around 2TBLS per pound of meat. On a side note…I add a pinch a red pepper flakes to it sometimes. Some of my family likes a little spice so when I make it for them I add it. YUMMY!!

  8. Chris Christopher says:

    I dissolved beef cube in one cup of water to pour into the beef to moisten the taco meat. Your recipe is almost the same as mine. You have one more spice then mine and I used mortons chili blend instead of chili powder.

  9. This is the best homemade taco seasoning, no more store bought packets! Thank you for sharing!

  10. The flavors are spot on but a little too salty for your taste. I will just add a little less salt the next time I make it and I did add some crushed red pepper because we like the heat. I only added about half the recipe to 12 oz. of ground turkey and it was perfect. Thank you for the great recipe.

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