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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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Homemade taco seasoning mix is easy to make, and it tastes so much better than store-bought mixes. Some people think that making homemade taco seasoning mix is too much work, but really, it’s not! You can whip up a batch in just minutes with the help of these simple instructions.

Taco seasoning mixture in an airtight container with a measuring spoon on the side.

When you make your own taco seasoning mix, you’re not only cutting down on sodium and preservatives but also adding lots of flavors. And if you enjoy cooking as much as I do, then making your own mix is actually fun!

Why you should make this Taco Seasoning

Money-Saving – Store-bought taco seasoning mix can be expensive, but when you make your own, you’ll get a large batch for just a fraction of the price.

More Flavor – With all of those fresh spices, your tacos will taste fantastic!

Customizable – You can customize it to your liking. Like it a little hotter? Add more chili powder. Prefer a smokier flavor? Try smoked paprika.

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this homemade ranch seasoning mix recipe.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for taco seasoning mix on a white platter with a black spoon on the side.
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • dried oregano
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of mixing spices to create taco seasoning mix.
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix well. (Photo 1)
  2. Store in an air-tight container. (Photo 2)
Homemade taco seasoning in a sealable airtight jar.

Storage

This homemade taco seasoning can be stored for up to 6 months. Be sure to store your taco seasoning in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

Tips

  • Keep your homemade seasoning mixes away from moisture as that can cause them to clump.
  • A small mason jar is a great container to store your homemade taco seasoning in.
  • To use this taco seasoning, use two tablespoons with 1/2 cup of water.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Smoked Paprika can give the taco seasoning mix a smoky flavor.
  • Increase the spice level of this homemade seasoning mix by adding more chili powder.
  • Do you like your tacos spicy? Double the amount of red chili pepper flakes in this taco seasoning recipe for an extra spicy kick.
  • Add some cayenne pepper for a little extra heat.
  • Try adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander for a unique flavor twist.
  • If you’re looking for a milder taco seasoning mix, omit the crushed red pepper flakes.
A jar of taco seasoning mix sitting on a checkered cloth.

Taco Seasoning Recipe FAQS

How long does taco seasoning last?

This homemade taco seasoning mix will keep for up to 6 months when kept in an airtight container and stored in a cool dry place.

Why make homemade taco seasoning?

Homemade taco seasoning can save you money, but it tastes so much better.

What can I use this taco seasoning for?

Pretty much anything that you normally use store-bought taco seasoning for – tacos, burritos, fajitas, etc.

How much water should I use with this taco seasoning?

Use 1/2 cup of water to help the taco seasoning mix dissolve completely.

How many tablespoons of taco seasoning are in a taco seasoning packet?

There are usually 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning per packet.

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Taco Seasoning Mix in small jar with the lid off.
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Taco Seasoning Mix


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yields 14 Tablespoons
Homemade taco seasoning mix is not only easy, but it's also healthy. This recipe will be your new favorite go-to for tacos and burritos

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix well.
  • Store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1tbsp Calories: 27kcal (1%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 348mg (15%) Potassium: 158mg (5%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 1793IU (36%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 37mg (4%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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