Homemade Taco Seasoning

Skip store bought and make your own Taco Seasoning! This DIY taco seasoning blend is affordable, great for taco night and so tasty on your favorite meat or vegetables!

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This recipe was photographed and updated 12/2023.

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If you're looking to save some money and make your own seasoning blends at home, then today's recipe is for you!

This DIY Taco Seasoning is simple and delicious! If you already have these spices in your pantry, then you can mix up a batch whenever you want! If not, grab the spices you need on your next grocery trip.

This seasoning would be great for gifts too! Buy some cute seasoning bottles, print some labels and wrap them up. This would be perfect for the kiddos to make and gift to teachers, aunts, uncles, etc.

It's great for ground meat, chicken breast, beef, pork or fish. Once you give this a try, you'll never go back to store bought seasoning again!

If you're looking for some recipes to try this seasoning with, check out this Taco Dip, Instant Pot Taco Soup or Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tacos!

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Recipe tips:

  • If you’re not a huge fan of garlic or onion flavors, reduce the onion and garlic powder by half. If you love it, then increase!
  • If you're wanting a texture more like packaged taco seasoning for ground meat, mix up a little corn starch and water, mix in and cook for a couple minutes.
  • Depending on the brand you use, 4 tablespoons usually equals one packet for one pound of ground meat. You can always start with 2 tablespoons and add for your preferences. 
  • Be aware that chili powders vary depending on the country they originate from. Each one varies in flavor and spiciness and can drastically change the flavor of your seasoning. We used American chili powder, most commonly found in grocery stores.
  • Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 12 months. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning in a small glass jar.
Yield 4 tablespoons
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
5 Min
Total time
5 Min

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix well.
  2. Use immediately, or store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 12 months.

Nutrition Facts




0.61 g

Sat. Fat

0.09 g


4.08 g


1.53 g

Net carbs

2.56 g


0.34 g


0.95 g


327.31 mg


0 mg

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  1. Looks delicious, and a healthy meal too! thanks for sharing on newlyweds Recipe linky.

  2. Yum! Mexican is my favorite kind of food. Thanks for sharing

  3. This sounds so good with the ground chicken!! We hope to see you back next week to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  4. I love to make m taco meat with ground chicken or turkey too. Gotta sneak the healthy stuff in on them when I can :) Thanks so much for sharing this on Manic Monday!!

    1. I agree! This is such an easy switch too! Thanks so much for hosting!!

  5. A excellent recipe!! Taste so good!


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