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Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you haven’t decided what to make for Cinco de Mayo, this is it! It will take you all of 5 minutes to mix together some homemade taco seasoning, and you can use it just like the packets from the store minus all of the unpronounceable ick. This recipe will yield the equivalent of 3 store-bought packages. Seven (7) teaspoons equals one package.

Furthermore, have you ever noticed how much cheaper it is to buy spices in bulk from a wholesale club or online sources? I’ve also found that if you’re looking for one of the more costly spices, you can purchase them from bulk bins in health food or specialty stores in small quantities. This is helpful in keeping the spices fresh since some of the expensive ones (cardamom, saffron, anise, etc.) are used in such small quantities. You really shouldn’t keep spices around for more than a year if you want to get the best flavor out of them. Homemade mixes like this will help you use up large jars faster. How do you get the best bang for your buck when it comes to spices? Please share in the comment section below.

Looking for recipes where you can use your taco seasonig? Look no further:

Homemade Taco Seasoning


Kim @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 6 teaspoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 2.5 teaspoons onion powder
  • .5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • .125 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • .5 teaspoon black pepper


Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Use in recipes as directed. (7 teaspoons of mix equals one store-bought package.)

Freezing Directions:

Not required. Store at room temperature in a clean spice jar or other air tight container (glass preferred) for up to 6 months.

Servings: 21 teaspoons (equivalent to 3 store-bought packages)

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

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28 Responses to “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Thank you for sharing, I just love home-made seasoning mix and we do use a lot of taco seasoning. The other one we use a lot is the packet of chili seasoning, I’d LOVE to see a recipe for that posted too.

  2. Amy says:

    I have this same recipe and I leave out the salt and it is never missed! Its so easy to make and have on hand, or you can make it the same night in like you said, about 5 whole minutes!

  3. Miranda says:

    I’ll have to try this all other recipes. The ones I have done before have always been missing something

  4. trixie says:

    Make sure your chili powder does not contain salt. Most do!! McCormick’s does. I buy Frontier brand at Whole Foods. It’s the only kind I’ve found with no salt.

  5. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the recipe!! After a trip to the store earlier today I realized we were out of our usual (very salty) taco seasoning, so I googled and found your recipe. It was GREAT, and my husband requested we never buy taco seasoning packets again!

    • Tricia says:

      So glad you found it! We love this too and my husband was very brand loyal, I thought he would NEVER switch. He told me not to buy the pack anymore now. :)

  6. Katie says:

    Love this! We always make our own taco seasonings. It is so much better that way :)

  7. Jenny says:

    looking forward to trying this tonight! i also found a chili powder recipe here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/seasoningrecipes/r/bl30420j.htm
    (we’re out of chili powder…) haven’t tried it yet either, but most of the reviews on it were good :)

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  9. Kathy Kinney says:

    I love homemade taco seasoning! I also never add salt to my taco seasoning, I personally don’t think it is needed and it is definitely not missed! And I am able to buy all my spices at my local co-op for just pennies in the bulk section, including salt-free chili powder! So if you have one, check it out. You’ll be amazed at how much of your purchase price of conventional spices goes to packaging!

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  16. Stacey says:

    I love Mexican. We recently found out that my DD is allergic to red chili peppers so I obviously can’t use chili powder in any recipes. Any ideas for a substitution? Thanks!

    • kim says:

      Wow, that is a tough one. I really don’t know what you could substitute since anything spicy is going to have some kind of chili pepper in it. My only suggestion is to leave it out completely and rework the remaining ingredients to taste (emphasize the cumin and garlic). I was going to suggest smoked paprika, but discovered it is made with chili peppers too. I am not an expert on allergies, so please check with a doctor before making any substitutions.

      • Stacey says:

        Thanks Kim. I had made the chili lime chicken cabobs using cumin instead and that worked out well. The red chili pepper allergy is limiting … It’s in chipotle sauce and worchestire sauce too. Cayenne pepper is ok though For worchestire sauce I have been substituting ketchup and soy sauce and that seems to be ok taste wise. Thanks for your input If u think of anything else please let me know.

  17. laurie says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I just prefer homemade seasoning since the packets seem to have so much sodium and other unhealthy ingredients like maltodextrin. Adding fresh cilantro to the beef or chicken is also very authentic tasting.

  18. Excited to find this.

    We just went low-sodium at our house so I’m now having to make most of our seasoning “packets” and sauces from scratch. This is a HUGE help.

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