Homemade taco seasoning is a healthy alternative to the store-bought version. You can pronounce all the ingredients and know exactly what you are eating. So if you are wanting to get more healthy give this yummy seasoning a try!

For a few more meal ideas with a Mexican flare try my walking tacos,  Mexican Skillet Rice or Southwestern Salad! Did you know you can even make your own tortilla bowls? Fill them up with taco meat, salad and all the fixings for a delicious dinner.

piles of spices chili powder garlic powder oregano cumin pepper red pepper flakes salt onion powder paprika

What is in taco seasoning?

Most likely you will have all these spices in your cabinet and can whip up this homemade taco seasoning anytime!

  • Chili Powder – a blend of chili peppers and spices that gives a deep rich flavor and Southwestern flavor
  • Cumin – is a distinctive flavor with an earthy, nutty, spicy taste. Commonly used in Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Indian dishes
  • onion powder –
  • crushed red pepper flakes – typically are made up of cayenne peppers. can use ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder per ¾ teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • garlic powder
  • Oregano – a robust herb with a peppery flavor, pairs well with tomato making it perfect for both Mexican and Italian cuisines
  • salt
  • black pepper

Unlike storebought taco seasoning packets, this one is naturally gluten-free.  Just make sure all your spices are gluten-free. They should be naturally gluten free if they are pure and not a blend, but sometimes could be processed on equipment that processes gluten. Another bonus with making your own taco seasoning is that you can control the salt if you are watching your salt intake.

How do I make homemade taco seasoning?

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is super simple and can be used in any Mexican recipe.  I love it in my taco soup.  It also makes a great taco salad. Use it for ground turkey or ground beef.  It is a great recipe! If you like spicy food add a bit more red pepper flakes. You can make a big batch of this homemade taco seasoning mix then you can have it on hand any time you need it.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Never buy storebought taco seasoning again. This delicious recipe takes out all the fillers and chemicals and gives you only homemade goodness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


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


  • Mix together. Store in an air tight container.
  • To make taco meat. Brown about 1 pound meat and drain off fat. Add all spices and about 1/3 – 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Now you are ready to make delicious tacos!


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Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 34mg | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Servings: 6
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Cindy Hopper

What can you make with taco seasoning?

I use this homemade taco seasoning to make taco meat. But you can also use it for chicken and port too. It makes a great rub.  It can be substituted in any recipe that calls for a package of taco seasoning mix. I use it to make this delicious taco soup.  It is also the mix I use in this Instant Pot Taco Soup.

How do you make taco meat?

Whip up this homemade taco seasoning for ground beef and you will have perfectly seasoned taco meat.  Brown about 1 pound meat and drain off fat. Add all spices and about 1/3 – 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid is absorbed. Now you are ready to make delicious ground beef tacos! If you want more tomato flavor add a couple of tablespoons tomato sauce to taste.

homemade taco seasoning seasoned ground beef in skillet

It really is so easy to make your own ground beef taco seasoning.  Don’t stop with hamburger. You can use this mix for other recipes like my Chicken Taco Soup. You can also draw a taco for fun Taco Drawing!

I hope you love this taco seasoning recipe! Let me know what you think.

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  1. I tried this because I didn’t have a spice packet, I will never use another spice packet again! This is really good!!!

  2. Fantastic!! It was just right (although, I left out the red pepper flakes- too spicy for me). I accidently used it with 2 pounds, it would have been even better with 1 pound. Next time I will double it up!!! Great job figuring it out!!

  3. Oh, Marshal, I don’t know. Wonder if you could make it and measure, then continue with a larger batch and then you would know. Please let us know if you try this!

  4. how much does this make? how many teaspoons ? i want to make this in a larger quantity , so i don,t have to hunt the recipe every time.

  5. I tried this recipe on a taco night because we already had all the ingredients in the cupboard. It tasted very good, though a bit spicier than the average seasoning packet. I liked the spicy flavoring, so it didn’t bother me one bit.

  6. I think this recipe is more of a season to your taste not nessisarilly per pound. I will have to try this recipe soon thank you.

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