Make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning with just 9 ingredients you likely already have in your spice cupboard, and you’ll be on your way to the most flavorful meat or veggie tacos in no time.
Homemade taco seasoning is something we keep on hand at all times. When in doubt make tacos (or our famous Mexican Beef Skillet). We prefer to make our own taco seasoning at home because 1. it tastes better and 2. there are no weird filler ingredients!
Not only can you use homemade taco seasoning to make tacos, but you can also use taco seasoning to flavor meat, season veggies, give flavor to casseroles, etc.
What is taco seasoning made of?
Taco seasoning is made from a base of chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, onion powder, and a few other basic spices.
DIY Taco Seasoning
Ditch the store-bought taco seasoning for this super flavorful clean ingredient taco seasoning. Made with the following ingredients that you likely have in your spice cupboard already:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Coarse sea salt
- Red pepper flakes
- Ground black pepper
- Ground oregano
- Smoked paprika
Is homemade taco seasoning spicy?
This taco seasoning is mild as is, but you can easily make it spicier. See below for a few ideas.
Make it Spicier
If you prefer a spicier spice mix, add more smoked paprika or red pepper flakes. If you like it hot-hot, add a bit of cayenne pepper to the mix.
Recommended Spice Containers
In case you’re in the market for some cute spice jars for homemade spice mixes, check out some of our favorites below! They’re super affordable and in the long run, you’ll end up saving money especially if you start buying your basic spices in bulk.
How much taco seasoning do you need for 1 lb. of meat?
A good rule of thumb for our homemade taco seasoning is that you need about 3-4 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 lb. of meat.
What’s great about this recipe is that it yields 1.5 cups of taco seasoning, so you can have multiple taco nights!
check it out!
Check out our favorite beef taco meat recipe. It’s a good starter recipe for trying out this taco seasoning!
Does your recipe call for a taco seasoning packet?
Simply swap out the store-bought taco seasoning packet for around 3 tablespoons of this homemade taco seasoning recipe!
How to Use Your Taco Seasoning
This taco seasoning doesn’t need to be JUST for tacos! The flavorful combination of spices works great on the following:
Spice rub: Use this taco seasoning as a spice rub for any kind of meat such as chicken, beef, carnitas, or shrimp. Give your meat a nice pat down and let sit for about 20 minutes before cooking with your preferred method.
Homemade tortilla chips: Ever made our own tortilla chips? This spice mix would be so yummy sprinkled on top of chips!
Roasted veggies: If you’re roasting a bunch of veggies, you’ll love the flavor this seasoning gives your veggies. Follow our tutorial for how to roast sweet potatoes, but use this taco seasoning instead!
- 3/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
- 1/4 cup ground cumin
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 4 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1.5 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1.5 teaspoons ground oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Place all ingredients in a small glass container or mason jar.
- Mix to combine.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
Tips & Notes
- Taco meat: For 1 lb. of ground meat, use around 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup homemade taco seasoning.
- Replace a store-bought taco seasoning packet with about 3 tablespoons of this homemade taco seasoning.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/4 cup Calories: 82 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 1715 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 16 Fiber: 7 Protein: 3
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