Learning How to make homemade taco seasoning is easy! Once you start with one spice blend or combination, you will love making your variety of herbs and seasoning combinations. Since we do Taco Tuesday almost weekly for our taco nights, we use a lot of taco seasoning packets, so it was natural to start with this one. The taco seasoning packets get expensive fast, and since taco seasoning is simple spices, it’s not hard to make. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.) In addition, this post contains affiliate links that will make me a small commission when used to order online.
While the packets are convenient, your seasoning can be frugal, especially using Winco spices from the bulk section. I started making this in 2014 and haven’t deviated much from it unless I am low on a specific spice! Thankfully we had Pinterest then, and I found the base recipe at Brittany’s Pantry. We don’t care for spicy, and this recipe is mild.
Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients:
- 2 Tbsp Cumin
- 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 Tbsp Paprika (we have also done smoked paprika as well to give a smoky flavor)
- 2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp Minced Onion
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
To spice it up, you can increase the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper to bring the spicy flavor up. You could add in red pepper flakes as well.
How To Make Your Own Taco Seasoning:
Measure and pour all the seasonings into a container. I like to layer mine in, it’s fun to see how it comes together after shaking.
Give the container a couple of good shakes to mix everything.
Seal your container and store it in your spice cabinet.
Taco Recipes To Use Taco Seasoning On:
Like a taco seasoning packet, you will need to add water to the meat. You can use about 3 Tbsp of seasoning to about 1/2 cup of water per pound of ground beef or pound of meat. A cup of seasoning would need a couple of pounds of meat. You can always add more of this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe to any meat you are cooking and go off the smell for what you feel is the best flavor for your personal tastes! But it does make for the best taco meat when you use your own taco seasoning mix.
- Ground Beef Tacos- or as a seasoning on any ground meat
- Chicken Fajitas
- Steak Fajitas
- Taco Soup
- Taco Pasta
- Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
- Taco Salads
- Taco Pizza
- Taco Twist Casserole
- Refried Bean Dip
Store Bought Taco Seasoning:
Sometimes I can pick up little packets of taco seasoning for cheap or convenience at local grocery stores. We have tried a lot of brands over the years, so if making your own isn’t something you want to do, these are great to grab. Taco packets are easier when the kids are the ones doing the cooking that night. They don’t hurt to have on hand in your spice cupboard.
How To Store Taco Seasoning:
Like any other spice or seasoning, you will want to store this in an airtight container in a dark spice cabinet or a dry place. I have also put them into a smaller spice jar to give as gifts with a recipe card attached so they can make it again. A small mason jar will hold this spice mix, but a larger mason jar will work if you make a big batch, like a double or triple batch of the seasoning. You could use a Rubbermaid container or a canister as well. When I started making this, I upcycled a Parmesan cheese container that worked great.
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What spice blends have you made at home before? Have you made a Homemade Taco Seasoning before?
Homemade Taco Seasoning
This Make Your Own Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is a quick and easy way to save money on tacos!!! Plus it uses spices in your spice cabinet already!
Measure and combine all ingredients in a container and shake well.
I used a Kraft Parmesan cheese container to mix and store mine in.
Season your meat as desired for your tacos!!!
**Smoked Paprika makes a great swap out for regular paprika**