Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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21 Servings
8 Ingredients
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. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!
21 Servings
8 Ingredients




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Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Dump and Go

These directions help you cook or prepare this meal PRIOR to being frozen for serving later (see Serving Day Directions when you are ready to prepare it to eat).

Why would I want to freeze this?

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Use in recipes as directed.
  3. Store at room temperature in air tight container for up to 6 months.

Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Ready to Eat

These directions help you cook or reheat this meal AFTER it's been frozen for when you are ready to eat it.

  1. Thaw: N/A
  2. Use as directed.

Make It Now Cooking Directions

These directions are for cooking this recipe to serve immediately and NOT to freeze for later.

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Use in recipes as directed.
  3. Store at room temperature in air tight container for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe
21 Servings
Serving Size
1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrates
WW+ Points
WW SmartPoints


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

  4. 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. 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!

    1. 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. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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