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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 so well 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 about 2 tablespoons in one pound of ground turkey.

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

Tip: I also like to add 1/2 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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The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

4.71 from 47 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 4 Tablespoons



  • Combine all seasonings together and store in an airtight container.
  • I used 2 tablespoons 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.



Calories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 616mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 731IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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  1. Great recipe…if you are watching your salt, use less….if you like it hotter a dash or 2 of ceyanne. You can use this in eggs, I make popcorn and use this with some garlic powder…or use to season taco meat or taco soup…love your site!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe for ages and just noticed that you don’t use the entirety for a pound of meat. I do, and it’s a family favorite. funny how people’s tastes are different… weird that someone would rate it low because two tablespoons is too flavorful for their taste… The recipe makes a fabulous taco seasoning!

  3. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it. I was wondering if I’m understanding correctly. This entire recipe is to be used for one pound of ground meat? Thanks

    1. I use 2 tablespoons per 1 lb of meat. You can use more or less depending on the intensity of the flavor that you like.

  4. 2 stars
    You could really cut all the ingredients in half and it would be great seasoning. Following the measurements it’s just too much everything. In my opinion just cut everything in half except the salt, just don’t add any salt.

    1. Or you could use just one tbsp of the mix and have another tbsp left for another batch of tacos. I agree, two tbsps was just too much everything although my son loved it and thought it was the right amount of heat.

  5. 3 stars
    Waayyyy less salt…that was the only issue with this might want to add a note. I wouldn’t use any salt or maybe just 1/4 tsp would be plenty

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe due to my hubby blood pressure I use less salt but everything else perfect. Very yummy tacos and one of my family favorites!