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 11 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. 5 stars
    I made this because I forgot to buy the little taco seasoning packets at the store. I will never buy those little packets ever again! I browned the ground beef, mixed in the seasoning, and used a half cup of beer (Stella Artois) instead of water. Cooked it down. Devoured. Thanks for saving my Taco Tuesday, Alyssa!

    1. Oh my goodness YUM!! This recipe is way better than the prior one I was using. Lime seltzer water instead of regular water kicks it up a notch too! Thanks a bunch!

    1. What a great recipe! Just made ahead for tomorrow’s plant-based tacos! Looks and smells just like the packaged stuff, but 100% fresher! I’m so glad this recipe and I crossed paths! Thank you!!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this DIY taco seasoning in about 2 minutes tonight. It was perfect! Just the right balance of flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for chicken tacos. My whole family isn’t a big fan of cumin so I only added half of what it called for but this was the best I’ve ever had. Just perfect and we all loved the flavor. Thank you !

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! I used only 1/2 tsp of salt but my husband said it was still way too salty. So the next time I will reduce to 1/4 tsp. (Personal choice) Very lovely blend of seasonings. I did whisk in 2 tsp of cornstarch to the mix before I added it to the meat to help thicken it up a bit. As one other commenter mentioned I wont be buying taco seasoning ever again.

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