Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. Loaded with so much flavor, taco seasoning gets used more than anything else in my spice cupboard.

It is beyond simple to stir together this Mexican spice mix and it will save you time when you are cooking later. My family eats a lot of Mexican food and for years I have used taco seasoning regularly in countless recipes. Homemade Taco Seasoning tastes so much better than store-bought! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Taco Seasoning

About ten years ago, I decided to try making my own taco seasoning recipe and I’m so glad I did. I found a basic recipe for taco seasoning over on Allrecipes long ago and over the years, I’ve tweaked and adapted it to our tastes.

It makes sense to prepare a double or triple batch of this seasoning mix and keep it on hand at all times. Just a bit spicier than standard taco mixes and completely adaptable to your individual tastes, these are some of my favorite spices in the kitchen.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I use this Homemade Taco Seasoning at least 3-4 times a week and I keep it on hand at all times. My kids already know to stir a new batch together when it’s running low.

This is probably the most used spice staple in my pantry. Just a spoonful will add an abundance of flavor to any meal.

Homemade spice mixes always taste so much better than store-bought and they’re surprisingly easy to make too. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to put Homemade Crazy Salt on your must-try list.

This Homemade Italian Seasoning is another favorite that gets used constantly in my cooking. Jamaican Jerk SeasoningHomemade Mild Curry Powder, and Harissa Dry Spice Mix are great ones to try as well.

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and it tastes so much better than store-bought! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Many of our favorite recipes use this Taco Seasoning. The Best Taco Meat has been a hit with everyone who tries it. I keep a package of that taco meat cooked and ready to use in the freezer almost all the time.

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas are a dinner that almost cooks itself and these Black Bean Taco Nachos are a kid and adult favorite for lunches and for dinners. The Southwest Chicken Skillet is filled with plenty of vegetables and an abundance of flavor from these Mexican spices.

Kitchen Tip: I use these jars to make this recipe.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

  1. In a jar or small mixing bowl, combine chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and pepper.
  2. Shake or stir to combine.
  3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and it tastes so much better than store-bought! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Allrecipes.com
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Spice
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 32 teaspoons

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder I used NM Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together all of the spices. Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container. I keep mine in a glass mason jar in my spice cabinet.

Nutrition

Calories: 5kcal · Carbohydrates: 1g · Sodium: 236mg · Potassium: 33mg · Vitamin A: 390IU · Calcium: 9mg · Iron: 0.5mg
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{originally published 10/17/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/3/19}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Kim Burke says

    I added your mix to some Jackfruit for some vegan tacos and it was great. My only change was half paprika and half of the smoked paprika.5 stars

  2. Colleen Hufford says

    My goal during this Corona virus is to try new recipes and remove more preservatives out of our food. My question is how much of your taco mixture is needed for 1 pound of meat. Thank you, Colleen

  3. Linda says

    I would like to make this to give as gifts. Could you share the instructions to use the mix comparable to a packet of mix I would purchase in a store?

  4. Linn says

    Mary I really liked the combination of flavors. I used this mixture to season freshly cooked pinto beans. It’s a keeper for me. I am looking forward to try it with ground beef. Just for my preference I will use a bit less smoked paprika. Thanks!5 stars

  5. Tami says

    I have made this at least 5 times now. It is the best flavor and you know there is no other fillers in it. Can’t imagine using anything else again! Thank you so much!5 stars

  6. Maggie Sallah says

    Hi, Mary! So excited to use your recipe.
    Quick question – do you add any water to the meat and mixture while browning and simmering?

    Thanks!5 stars

  7. Bob says

    Mary, thank you for this great recipe; I plan to try it in the immediate future.

    My current go-to recipe for taco rub/seasoning is very similar to yours but I like to tweak mine from time to time just for the sake of variety, hence my browsing the internet and running across your recipe.

    In doing my research on taco spices I analyzed about a dozen highly-rated recipes and yours was the one that looked best for fine-tuning my own recipe’s ingredients and proportions.

    Compared to your recipe, I substitute sweet paprika or reduce the amount of smoked paprika to cut the smoky taste a bit.

    If you don’t have smoked paprika on hand, a good substitute is ground chipotle pepper, which provides the smoky taste and a bit more pepper heat.

    Thanks again.

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m glad you like the recipe, Bob. I’ve made this with sweet paprika as well and it works nicely both ways. Personally, we love the smoky paprika best.

  8. Pauline Gray says

    Thank you Mary, I’m going to try and make jumbo liar and the person who told me about it said she uses Mexican spices so I will definitely stir some into a jar and keep in in the fridge. Much appreciate the information you gave out thank you

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