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Homemade Taco Seasoning is so quick and easy to make using simple spices you most likely have in your pantry. Transform basic ingredients into a fresh and flavorful blend that tastes so much better than anything store-bought!
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  1. Homemade Taco Seasoning
  2. Why We Love This Taco Seasoning Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make the Homemade Taco Seasoning
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Recipes to Use our Homemade Taco Seasoning
  10. Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning is so quick and easy to make using simple spices you most likely already have in your pantry. In under 5 minutes, you can transform a few ingredients into a fresh and flavorful blend that tastes so much better than anything store-bought!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Smokey and savory, with a perfect balance of heat, this homemade Taco Seasoning is an adaptable and simple way to turn a bland and dull dinner into a meal that is bursting with life. This DIY recipe can be made in minutes and will always taste best because you can adjust the spice proportions to suit your own palate.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can use it as a guide to make it your own mix. Want to amp the heat? Add some extra cayenne pepper. Looking for some more smoke? Increase the paprika. And when you create your own seasoning at home, you will not only save money, but you can control what you feed your family by eliminating artificial ingredients and preservatives that often come from a packet.

Don’t save your seasoning simply for tacos–it’s the perfect way to flavor your favorite foods, from veggies, meat, seafood, rice, and beans, to soups, salads, or any boring bite in between!

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Why We Love This Taco Seasoning Recipe

  • Easy and quick to make using basic pantry spices in only 5 minutes.
  • Homemade taco seasoning just tastes better than any store-bought packet.
  • A DIY taco seasoning is a great way to save money, use up spices, and you will feel good knowing exactly what went into your spice blend.
  • Easily adjust the flavor to suit your family’s taste buds and heat preferences.
  • Easy way to eliminate additives, preservatives, and coloring. Gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-sodium.
  • Versatile seasoning to use in soups, salads, Mexican meals, or even as a rub for grilled chicken, fish, or steak.
  • Use some now and save the rest for later.
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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Chili powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Ground cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Substitutions and Additions

  • Hike or Halt The Heat: To add a bit of extra heat, you can use some crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle powder, or add an extra pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder to the mix. If you prefer a milder taco seasoning, you can simply leave these out.
  • Some More Smoke: For a smokier flavor, add some additional smoked paprika.
  • Dried Herbs: Dried parsley or basil can be used with or instead of the oregano.
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  • Mixing bowl and measuring tools
  • Mason jar or other storage container with lid.

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How to Make the Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is so quick and easy to make using simple spices you most likely already have in your pantry. Transform basic ingredients into a fresh and flavorful blend that tastes so much better than anything store-bought!

  1. Add all spices to a bowl and mix.
    mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Store in a sealed container.
    Pro-Tip: Store your spices and seasonings in a cool, dark place. This will extend their shelf life. Mason jars make great spice containers for your homemade spice blends.  They are easy to stack in your pantry and you can buy them in bulk for a reasonable price.
    store in a sealed container

Storage Tips

  • To Store: This taco seasoning spice blend can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 year in the pantry.
taco seasoning in a mason jar

Frequently Asked Questions

How much homemade taco seasoning equals one store-bought packet?

You can use 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) of this spice blend in any recipe that calls for one “packet” of taco seasoning mix.

How can I use my leftover seasoning?

Use homemade taco seasoning anywhere you might use a store-bought taco seasoning packet. It works great as a rub for steak, chicken, fish or shrimp, and can add flavor to Mexican rice or a side of black beans. You can also sprinkle it in soups or add it to a vinaigrette for a zesty salad.

Do I have to use the cornstarch in this recipe?

If you do not wish to put the cornstarch in your spice blend, that is fine. The cornstarch is what gives this mix the “packet” effect when preparing your ground beef for tacos so that it will have a slight sauce to it. It will taste delicious either way.

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Recipes to Use our Homemade Taco Seasoning

5 from 1 vote
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Serves — 12
Homemade Taco Seasoning is so quick and easy to make using simple spices you most likely have in your pantry. Transform basic ingredients into a fresh and flavorful blend that tastes so much better than anything store-bought!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, or a ½ pint mason jar, combine all the above spices. Stir well to combine.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • This taco seasoning spice blend can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 year in the pantry.
Tips:
  • You can use 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) of this spice blend in any recipe that calls for a ‘packet’ of taco seasoning mix.
  • If you do not wish to put the cornstarch in your spice blend, that is fine.  The cornstarch is what gives the “packet” effect of making your ground beef for tacos have a slight sauce to it.  It will taste delicious either way. 
  • If you like more, or less, heat to your tacos you can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper accordingly.
  • Store your spices and seasonings in a cool, dark place. This will extend their shelf life.
  • Mason jars make great spice containers for your homemade spice blends.  They are easy to stack in your pantry and you can buy them in bulk for a reasonable price.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1419IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Yes, start with about 1/4 cup of water and then add more depending on how much it thins out or how much flavor you prefer.