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Taco Seasoning

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Homemade taco seasoning is a pantry staple that’s easy to make with spices you have on hand. Conveniently, it’s quick to assemble in a pinch!

This easy recipe adds savory richness to ground beef and chicken tacos. With this delicious DIY spice blend, you can say farewell to that taco seasoning packet. Say hello to fresh flavor!

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Homemade taco seasoning in a glass spice jar with a Mexican cactus lid.

WHAT’S IN TACO SEASONING?

  • Whether buying a large container of taco seasoning mix, or an individual packet, ingredients vary widely. Each boasts its own unique blend and balance of warm and spicy flavors.
  • One big name brand includes corn maltodextrin as its top ingredient, as well as whey, non-specific “flavor enhancers”, yeast extract, and other ingredients that are hard to pronounce and/or unrecognizable. 
  • Sugar is a natural ingredient included in most taco seasoning mixes. In one brand’s spice packet, sugar is listed as a top ingredient above spices like garlic. Some mixes feature potato starch and turmeric.

TACO SEASONING INGREDIENTS

For cost-effective DIY taco seasoning, purchase small quantities of loose spices in the bulk-spice section of your local market. If you prefer using all organic spices, you can do that with this recipe!

These are the dried spices needed for the best taco seasoning mix:

  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly-ground
  • OPTIONAL: Granulated sugar

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Seasoning seasoning ingredients displayed on a wooden Boos Board.

TACO SEASONING RECIPE

This quick easy recipe provides enough spices to flavor to 1 pound of meat. Here’s how to make the best taco seasoning at home!

  1. Pull out all spices needed for this recipe. If you normally use grocery-store seasoning blends for tacos, they often have sugar. If you’d like a similar taste, I highly recommend adding this ingredient!
  2. To stay organized in a busy kitchen, line up the containers in a row on the left-hand side of your work surface. With measuring spoons, measure out quantities of each spice. Add ingredients to a spice jar or ramekin. After using a spice, transfer the container to the right side of your work space. This helps keep track of things!
  3. After all spices have been added to the jar, close it and shake well, or mix with a spoon. 
DIY Taco Seasoning in a glass spice jar with green cactus top and small gold spoon.

FAQ FOR TACO MEAT SEASONING

  • HOW MUCH TACO SEASONING IN A PACKET? Grocery-store packets contain between 2-3 tablespoons of spice mix. This recipe replaces one packet of taco seasoning.
  • LOOKING FOR AN AUTHENTIC MEXICAN TOUCH? Add a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder to this DIY taco seasoning.
  • HOW TO STORE DRY SPICES? Place the dry mixture in a clean spice jar or small container that has a good seal. Label the jar including the date. Store the mix in a cool dry space. For short-term use, a small zip-top bag will work well.
  • HOW LONG WILL DIY TACO SEASONING STAY FRESH? This depends on the expiration date of the individual spices used. But in general, when stored correctly the flavor quality should last for up to 6 months, with peak potency between 2-3 months.
Top-down view of a glass jar with a unique spice blend for taco meat.

EXPERT TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE

  • HOW TO USE TACO SEASONING FOR GROUND BEEF: Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to a small pot or pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup diced onion. Sauté onion for 20 seconds. Add lean ground beef. Break meat apart with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. There should be no pink. If needed, drain off excess fat. Add taco seasoning to the beef. Mix until incorporated. If more moisture is needed, add a drizzling of olive oil.
  • HOW TO MAKE TACO MEAT SAUCIER: Drain the fat off 1 pound cooked ground beef. Add taco spices, 1 tablespoon corn starch, and 3/4 cup water to the meat. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened.
  • HOW TO MAKE TACO MEAT MORE SAVORY: While cooking the ground beef, add in 1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon paste. This will up the flavor profile of your meat!
  • HOW MANY GROUND BEEF TACOS FOR 1 POUND OF MEAT? One pound of meat is enough to make 8 tacos. But you can stretch it 10 tacos by adding an array of delicious toppings: shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, diced avocado, and sour cream.
  • MORE USES FOR TACO SPICES: This spice mix is very versatile! Sprinkle it on salads. Add this tasty blend to tortilla soup, Mexican rice, and black-bean recipes. Use the mix as a delicious rub for shrimp, chicken or steak! Add a few teaspoons of the seasoning to melted butter. Drizzle the warm mixture over popcorn or saltine crackers.
Taco Seasoning stored in a small glass spice jar with cactus lid.

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Taco Seasoning stored in a small glass spice jar with cactus lid.

Taco Seasoning


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

This tasty taco seasoning recipe is perfect for one pound of taco meat.  It replaces one packet of taco seasoning mix. Assemble this DIY spice blend in 5 minutes with common pantry ingredients!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly-ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Pull out all spices needed for this recipe. If you normally use grocery-store seasoning blends for tacos, they often have sugar. If you’d like a similar taste, I highly recommend adding this ingredient!
  2. To stay organized in a busy kitchen, line up the containers in a row on the left-hand side of your work surface. With measuring spoons, measure out quantities of each spice. Add ingredients to a spice jar or ramekin. After a spice has been used, transfer the container to the right side of your work space. (This method helps keep track of things!)
  3. After all spices have been added to the jar, close it and shake well, or mix with a spoon. You’re now ready to flavor 1 pound of taco meat!

Notes

  • HOW MUCH TACO SEASONING IN A PACKET? Grocery-store packets contain between 2-3 tablespoons of spice mix. This recipe replaces one packet of prepared taco seasoning for 1 pound of taco meat.
  • HOW TO USE TACO SEASONING FOR GROUND BEEF: Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to a small pot or pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup diced onion. Sauté onion for 20 seconds. Add lean ground beef. Break meat apart with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. There should be no pink. If needed, drain off excess fat. Add taco seasoning to the beef. Mix until incorporated. If more moisture is needed, add a drizzling of olive oil.
  • HOW TO MAKE TACO MEAT SAUCIER: Drain the fat off 1 pound cooked ground beef. Add taco spices, 1 tablespoon corn starch, and 3/4 cup water or beef broth to the meat. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened.
  • HOW TO MAKE TACO MEAT MORE SAVORY: While cooking the ground beef, add in 1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon paste. This will up the flavor profile of your meat!
  • LOOKING FOR AN AUTHENTIC MEXICAN TOUCH? Add a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder to this DIY Taco seasoning.
  • HOW MANY GROUND BEEF TACOS FOR 1 POUND OF MEAT? One pound of meat is enough to make 8 tacos. But you can stretch it 10 tacos by adding an array of delicious toppings: shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, diced avocado, and sour cream.
  • MORE USES FOR TACO SPICES: This spice mix is very versatile! Sprinkle it on salads. Add this tasty blend to tortilla soup, Mexican rice, and black-bean recipes. Use the mix as a delicious rub for shrimp, chicken or steak! Add a few teaspoons of the seasoning to melted butter. Drizzle the warm mixture over popcorn.
  • HOW TO STORE DRY SPICES: Place the dry mixture in a clean spice jar or small container that has a good seal. Label the jar including the date. Store the mix in a cool dry space. For short-term use, a small zip-top bag will work well.
  • HOW LONG WILL DIY TACO SEASONING STAY FRESH? This depends on the expiration date of the individual spices used. But in general, when stored correctly the flavor quality should last for up to 6 months, with peak potency between 2-3 months.
  • Category: DIY Seasoning Mix
  • Method: Mixing Bowl
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Taco Seasoning, Homemade Taco Seasoning

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TACO SEASONING > JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Do you enjoy DIY spice blends? What do you think about this homemade taco seasoning? Would you like to make it? Share your thoughts!

11 thoughts on “Taco Seasoning”

  1. This is okay; it has some flavor but it’s just too bland for us. I ended up doubling the cumin oregano garlic and corn starch. And I added some paprika and a pinch of sugar. Then it was great.

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  2. This sounds like the perfect taco seasoning!! I love that the sugar is optional, so I can make a healthy choice if I want to. Will try this for our next taco night!

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  3. I love making my own spice mixes too, that way I can buy the freshest of each individual spice ingredients, and make just enough to fill a tiny jar. :)

    Reply

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