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How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

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This Homemade Taco Seasoning is quick and easy to make, and since it’s a perfect blend of spices to season your tacos, burritos, veggies and more, you will never buy store bought packets again.

taco seasoning on platter with tacos

Why Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

I cannot tell you the number of taco nights that I had ground beef browning away on a hot stove and I’d go to the cabinet to grab a taco seasoning packet only to discover that I didn’t have one!

So I finally decided to open my spice cabinet and come up with my own homemade version. I use a simple spice mixture of ingredients that I always keep stocked in my kitchen, so now I never have to worry about running out again!

Of course taco seasoning is used to season ground beef or ground turkey for tacos, burritos, salads, nachos, etc. But It also makes a great rub on chicken before you grill it. Or to season steamed vegetables or beans. I also like to mix it with sour cream for a fun southwest flavored veggie dip or salad dressing.

Try making homemeade taco seasoning in my Layered Taco Dip or Taco Pasta recipes.

What’s in Homemade Taco Seasoning?

  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
ingredients for taco seasoning

How to Make and Store It

In a small airtight container with a lid (like a jelly jar), combine 1.5 t chili powder, 1.5 t paprika, 1.5 t onion powder, 1t garlic powder, 1.5 t cumin, 1 t salt and 1/2 t black pepper.

add spices to jelly jar

Put the lid on container and shake until the seasoning is fully combined.

shake to mix spices

Use immediately or store in a an airtight container in cool, dry place for up to 2 years.

taco seasoning in bowl

How to Use the Seasoning to Make Taco Meat

This mixture makes approx 3T of seasoning or the equivalent of one packet of store bought taco seasoning.

Use this entire amount to season 1lb for ground beef or ground turkey for tacos.

Simply brown the meat in a pan and drain of any access grease. Add the seasoning and 2/3 c water. Simmer for 5 mins to let the flavors fully season the meat.

taco seasoning on platter with tacos

taco seasoning on platter with tacos

How to Make Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Taco Seasoning is quick and easy to make, and since its a perfect blend of spices to season your tacos, burritos, veggies and more, you will never buy store bought packets again.
Prep Time 3 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 13 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 air tight container with a lid jelly jars work great

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 t chili powder
  • 1.5 t paprika
  • 1.5 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1.5 t cumin
  • 1.5 t oregano
  • 1 t salt
  • .5 t black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl or small airtight container like a jelly jar, combine 1.5 t chili powder, 1.5 t paprika, 1.5 t onion powder, 1 t garlic powder, 1.5 t cumin, 1 t salt and 1/2 t black pepper.
  • Put the lid on container and shake until the seasoning is fully combined.
  • Use immediately or store in a an airtight container in cool, dry place for up to 2 years.

Notes

This mixture makes approx 3T of seasoning or the equivalent of one packet of store bought taco seasoning.
Use this entire amount to to season 1lb for ground beef or ground turkey for tacos. 
Simply brown the meat in a pan and drain of any access grease. Add the seasoning and 2/3 c water. Simmer for 5 mins to let the flavors fully season the meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 306mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 304IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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