The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

It is taco time and we love everything taco related! Try this Taco Stuffed Peppers, Taco Pizza or Baked Chicken Tacos with this homemade taco seasoning.

homemade taco seasoning

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!

spices for homemade taco seasoning

What you need to make taco seasoning

This is a great seasoning that you can add or subtract as much or as little of spices that you like. There is some added heat but that can also be minimized to your families liking.

  • Chili powder- for some added heat.
  • Garlic powder- a good balance and adds a brighter flavor.
  • Onion powder- this is a subtle onion flavor you will not want to skip even if you are not a fan of onions.
  • Dried oregano- brings in a spicy but sweet flavoring.
  • Paprika- has a smokey flavor and helps color the taco seasoning.
  • Ground cumin- lots of flavor with a little spice.
  • Salt and Black pepper- an added taste to finish the seasoning.

tacos with homemade taco seasoning

How to make Taco Seasoning

This is such a simple recipe and it all comes together quick and easy for you to make several taco dishes!

I use one recipe in one pound of ground turkey.

Recipe can easily be doubled and use more or less to taste.

Tip: I also like to add ½ cup of water to the meat and seasonings to make the meat more moist.

  • Mix spices together. Combine all the seasonings together in a bowl.
  • Store. Place In an airtight container.

tacos with homemade taco seasoning


How long does taco seasoning last?

This is the best part! Homemade taco seasoning will last up to 6 months.

Keep your taco seasoning stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container and you will be set for life on this recipe!

Your tacos will be thanking you!

How to store taco seasoning

Mine always stay in an airtight container like a mason jar or OXO containers.

I like to double or even triple my homemade taco seasoning recipe just to have it always ready.

How much homemade taco seasoning equals one packet?

A standard store-bought packets of taco seasoning uses about 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat.

This homemade taco seasoning recipe makes more so you can have a few taco meals!

The great thing about making your own is you can add more or less seasoning depending on how much flavoring you are wanting.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Best Taco Seasoning

The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

5 from 5 votes
The perfect amount of spices come together in the homemade taco seasoning! You will never buy from the store again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all seasonings together and store in an airtight container.
  • 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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Serves: 8

Calories6kcalCarbohydrates1gProtein1g (2%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Sodium308mg (13%)Potassium26mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A358IU (7%)Calcium7mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. 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.

    2. Chili powder is usually a blend of ground chile pods and other spices like cumin, peppercorn, and salt. Chile powder most often refers to pure ground chile pods with few or no additives; the only way to tell is to read the ingredient label.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

      1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Just tried this and it tastes great. It’s also the perfect amount to replace one store-bought packet, so it’s super handy!

  7. This was THE BEST taco seasoning I have ever had. I’ll never buy a taco seasoning mix again!
    Easy to mix with spices that are generally on hand. Perfect for my taco salad.

  8. Hi Alyssa! Thanks for the great recipe! I made this last night and can’t wait to dig into my taco salad for lunch today! Sometimes I find that it’s hard to season the ground turkey but I use a potato masher to make sure all the goodness gets into the meat! Thanks again!

  9. I made this recipe yesterday for my taco salad. It was perfect! Didn’t change anything. I made sure to put it in my recipes with a star on it. I will continue to use this recipe in the future. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for this recipe, it was absolutely perfect! (And NOT spicy; the 3-year-olds ate it happily!) I will be using this all the time!!!

  11. I made this for the first time on Thursday night. I had run out of taco seasoning packets and googled “taco seasoning recipe”. I had all the ingredients in my cupboard! It was a little to strong on the cumin flavour first time I made it, so I only put in 1 1/4 teaspoons when I made it for nachos on Saturday night and it was great!! My husband likes it because it’s less salty than the packets. This will be a go to recipe for me, we eat tacos at least once a week. Thank you!!

  12. Thank you for shring this really GREAT taco seasoning and she is right its super easy make enough to put in your own seasoning jar and you will have enough for extra my Husband LOVES the flavor his coment was ” MMMMmmm this is really good”

    1. You are always to leave out the seasoning when cooking with it for your little one or using less of the warmer spices in this seasoning. Hope that helps and your little one enjoys it! XOXO

  13. I added 1/4 tsp cayenne powder to kick it up and it was spicy. I also added 2 TBSP dried onion and when I cook my meat I add tomato paste and water. This is the best recipe I have found.

  14. So glad I found this. Thought I had a seasoning packet, but didn’t. Just a quick Thank you for having this here. I printed so I will have it on hand for now on… I will be saving on pinterest too…Thank you again, Ro

  15. I usually buy packaged taco seasoning but when I went to my cupboard to get a package there was none. So I did the next best thing and and went to Pinterest! I found your recipe and it was great so I will be using your recipe from now on – no more packaged seasoning. Thanks!

  16. I want to say I have tried every homemade taco seasoning known to man, but realistically, I’ve only tried a few. I found one that was awful and a couple that were ok but none that were really good. I don’t think I’m a big cumin fan, so any recipes that are heavy on the cumin aren’t my cup of tea. I love that your recipe makes a small amount which will be perfect for testing purposes. Since you are THE Recipe Critic, I expect that I will absolutely love your taco seasoning recipe! Do you happen to have the proportions worked out in case someone wants to make a big batch? Sometimes just doubling or tripling the ingredients to make a big batch doesn’t work well. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    1. 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 1/2 cup of water to the meat and seasonings to make the meat more moist. XOXO

  17. I found this taco seasoning recipe via Pinterest when I was out of store bought and didn’t want to make a trip to the store. The result: I will never buy store bought again!!! Love this seasoning!!

  18. I just tried this tonight for beef burritos. It was delicious! I followed your advice and added a 1/2 cup of water. Thanks!

  19. I tried this recipe when the kids wanted tacos and I had everything for the tacos except taco seasoning. All three kids ate it up! They even ate them the next day as leftovers (something they never do). My 11 year old, who is a very picky eater, said she could taste the difference between the store bought and this and liked this one way way better. So now it’s the only thing I use to season taco meat. If it makes my picky eaters happy, it makes me happy. I can’t thank you enough!

  20. I love making tacos the way my mother did with her types of Mexican/Irish hot sauce which was the icing on the cake , she would take 1 jalapeño/1 avocado / 1/2 can of cranberry/ 1/4 cup onion and garlic sliced up/parsley/teaspoon of salt and sugar. Mix all together in blender with 1 tomato ? and 1/3 cup olive oil.
    You will have the best Mexican/ Irish hot sauce ever that you can spread on top of your tacos. And since I’m Mexican and Irish , I’ve always wanted to open up my own Mexican -Irish restaurant and call it “I Rish I was Mexican “

  21. Taco seasoning
    My husband and I loved your taco seasoning recipe better than any we have ever had!
    The only suggestion I would make is to do only half the pepper if children don’t care for too spicy food
    Thank you

  22. What kind of chili powder do you use? They are all so different, so it would make a difference in the final flavor of the mix. Thanks, love your recipes and look forward to trying them.

  23. I didn’t realize I was out of taco seasoning. I googled it and found this recipe. OMG. These were the best tacos ever!!! Thank you!

  24. I too ran out of taco seasoning and I thought taco’s were not on the menu-thank you for saving the night. The whole family loved it and I put the seasoning on shrimp too! Thanks!!

  25. I really enjoy making my own season mixes. I make rubs and sauces for bbq and smoking and just about anything else I can conjure up. The hardest part of the process is the right amount of ingredients and the amount of each, you nailed it here. I added 1/8 th tsp of jalapeño powder for heat but cayenne would work just as well. One of the comments you had was adding cornstarch, one tablespoon is perfect along with around 1/4 cup water. Just about everyone has these basic spices in their pantry. Nice job, thanks

  26. I LOVE your taco seasoning recipe!! Thank you for enhancing my life with this share! I will be trying your other recipes! Laura P

  27. 5 stars
    The absolute best taco seasoning so much better than the store brought stuff. I make it as is and its perfection!!

  28. How much chili powder would be appropriate to add that tastes good and which flavor is best to eat. BTW Thanks, really love your recipes and will definitely try them.

  29. 5 stars
    Best taco seasoning ever! Easy to make. Delish to eat! Definitely brought up my taco average. Thanks!!!

  30. 5 stars
    I have tried several taco seasoning recipes and I must say this is the best thus far. It definitely beats the package seasonings which are no longer flavorful as they once were. Thanks for sharing.

  31. 5 stars
    This is so good! I make some up and leave in the cabinet for when I need it. Just made some chicken tacos tonight, but I put it on ground beef too. I do use smoked paprika because that’s what I have, and no chili powder (don’t like it) I use a roasted garlic Chipotle instead.

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