Homemade Taco Seasoning

When it's this easy to make something, there's no point buying it. Make your own homemade taco seasoning and store it with your spices for your next taco adventure.

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Looking into a jar of homemade taco seasoning on a grey countertop.

Why Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

Here’s a story. You buy taco seasoning because it’s easy and convenient and there on the grocery store shelf looking at you. You come home and use it and think “hmm. That’s not bad.” Then months go by, maybe even years and one of two things happen. Either you find yourself shopping for taco night, forget that you already have the seasoning and buy another jar to add to your collection OR you never use it again and it sits in your spice cabinet aging beyond its flavor life. Sound familiar? There’s no need to live this story when homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make. When you make your own taco seasoning, you can make as much or as little as you like AND you use spices that you already have in your cabinet. It’s easy, convenient AND more economical. 

Looking down on small white bowls with spices and a wooden peppermill and salt box.

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Here are the spices you will need: chili powder, paprika, oregano, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. That’s it! No big deal. You have these in your arsenal already and using them to make the spice mix means that they too are not aging in your spice drawer. Just mix these ingredients together and store them in an airtight container. I think a little jar is cute. There is one thing that this homemade taco seasoning doesn’t have, and that’s an ingredient that you can’t pronounce! That’s a good thing. 

A jar of taco seasoning with empty white bowls nearby.

How to Use Taco Seasoning

I’m sure you really don’t need me to tell you, but I’m going to anyway. Use this spice blend to make all your favorite tacos: crispy beef tacos, chili lime chicken tacos, tequila lime shrimp tacos, spicy fish street tacos, chicken and green chili taquitos, or any taco that fills your heart.

A jar of taco seasoning in front of crispy beef tacos on a white plate.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 5 m
  • Servings:


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


  1. To make the taco seasoning, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then store in an airtight container or jar for up to six months.
  2. Note: Use 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning per 1 pound of meat or poultry.
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Comments (1)Post a Reply

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Meredith,
    I use to make or sometimes try it again, but using taco shells, I end up making a deconstructed taco salad. A lot of my recipes have been deconstructed. I’m sure you get that.
    Take care. Hugs the pups carry on. Hugs, Jan

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