How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning – Perfect for Mexican Cooking!

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Take five minutes to mix up your own Homemade Taco Seasoning using herbs and spices you may already have in your pantry. They include chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, and black pepper – let’s get mixing!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

If you often cook Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes, skip the store-bought spices and make your own taco seasoning at home.

You most likely have all the spices on hand, and if not, they’re easy to get.





The combination of Mexican flavors in this mixture is perfect for any of your taco needs!

Herbs & Spices for Taco Seasoning
Herbs & Spices for Taco Seasoning

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Mixing Your Own Taco Seasoning

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Recipe Tips

  • Add a bit of cornstarch to your meat when using this seasoning for the flavor to really stick. You’ll be surprised how much it assists in the flavor department.
  • If you’re not a huge fan of garlic or onion flavors, reduce the onion and garlic powder by half.
  • If you want an additional spicy kick, add ½ teaspoon of crushed red peppers to the mix.
  • Like a touch of sweetness to your seasoning? Add a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Depending on the brand of taco seasoning you use, 3-4 tablespoons usually equals one packet. You can always start with 2 tablespoons and add more if required to your preferences.
  • Once you’ve used the seasoning, you can adjust the spices to match your tastes.
  • Be aware that chili powders vary depending on the country they originate from. Each one varies in spices and can drastically change the flavor of your seasoning.

How Do I Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Take five minutes to mix up your own Homemade Taco Seasoning!

Makes 4 tablespoons - multiply the recipe to make more if required.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until fully combined.

    Taco Seasoning Herbs & Spices

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  2. Use as required in recipes.
  3. Store in a sealed jar in a cool dry place or pantry for up to a year.

    Blended Taco Seasoning Mix

Notes

  • Add a bit of cornstarch to your meat when using this seasoning for the flavor to really stick. You'll be surprised how much it assists in the flavor department.
  • If you’re not a huge fan of garlic or onion flavors, reduce the onion and garlic powder by half.
  • If you want an additional spicy kick, add ½ teaspoon of crushed red peppers to the mix.
  • Like a touch of sweetness to your seasoning? Add a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Depending on the brand of taco seasoning you use, 3-4 tablespoons usually equals one packet. You can always start with 2 tablespoons and add more if required to your preferences.
  • Once you’ve used the seasoning, you can adjust the spices to match your tastes.
  • Be aware that chili powders vary depending on the country they originate from. Each one varies in spices and can drastically change the flavor of your seasoning.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 827mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 6gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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