This is the BEST zesty Homemade Taco Seasoning. It can be made in minutes, and it's preservative-free, gluten free, and easily customizable. Make it with ingredients you probably already have on hand!
Use it for traditional ground beef tacos, or on chicken, pork, casseroles, and more! So much better than store-bought taco seasoning mix!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Tacos! My kids are pretty good eaters but on taco nights, they are ravenous. I can't say I disagree with them, though, because this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is fantastic!
Homemade Taco Seasoning is quick and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Not only does it taste amazing, but since you're making it at home, you get to control exactly what's in it. No weird ingredients. And making it yourself will probably even save you a little money!
What's in Taco Seasoning?
So, you might be thinking, what exactly is IN taco seasoning?
You might be surprised to find that all of the ingredients are simple pantry staples. Since it's just made of spices, it is naturally gluten free.
The biggest portion is chili powder. This spice has a southwestern flavor, and is used in lots of classic dishes (like chili!).
One of the other most prominent spices is cumin. Cumin has an earthy, nutty flavor. When you think about the way taco seasoning smells, you're probably thinking of cumin.
Homemade taco seasoning also includes other spices like salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. These all give the seasoning a little bolder flavor.
The cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes make the seasoning spicy (or not!). Since you're making it at home, you can choose to add more, less, or none at all! (The same goes for any of the other ingredients!)
What Can You Make with Taco Seasoning Mix?
Taco seasoning is an extremely versatile spice mix. It can be used to season beef, pork, chicken, or even seafood for baking, grilling, or even the slow cooker like for these Crockpot Chicken Tacos.
It can be added to almost anything. Try it in soups, pasta (Hello, Taco Stuffed Shells!), casseroles, and so much more.
Our family favorites to make with this taco seasoning are my Taco Bake Casserole and Taco Dip. You can even sprinkle some on popcorn or crackers, or add some to your ranch dressing for an extra yummy snack!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Store in an air tight container.
TO USE in ground beef tacos:
- After browning and draining ground beef, add 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix (per pound of uncooked meat) and ½ cup water. Stir and simmer until water has evaporated.
- Use about 2 tablespoons per pound of meat. This recipe will make about 4 (2 tablespoon) servings.
- I store my taco seasoning in cute little spice jars like these. You can also store it in zip baggies or any container with a lid (like an empty jelly jar!)
- This recipe is MILD. If you like your tacos a little spicier add ¼-1/2 teaspoon more cayenne pepper to your desired hotness.
- This recipe calls for onion and garlic powder. I will often omit these and use ½ medium onion (chopped) and 2-3 garlic cloves (minced) per pound of ground beef, or other meat, instead.
- The oregano in this recipe is optional. Many homemade seasoning recipes call for it, but I find I don't notice or miss it if it's gone.
- TO USE in ground beef tacos, after browning and draining ground beef, add 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix (per pound of uncooked meat) and ½ cup water. Stir and simmer until water has evaporated.
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Carrie Robinson says
Such a great idea to make your own taco seasoning! 🙂
Renee | The Good Hearted Woman says
Making your own seasoning mixes just makes sense! It saves money, plus you know everything that's in it.
This is good recipe. I carried it further and made my own chili powder instead of using store bought. Also, I see no reason to omit anything regardless of adding fresh onion and garlic. Nothing was over powering.
Tawnie Kroll says
We used this recipe last night for our tacos - we love spicy so we added a little more cayenne like you suggested and it was perfect - thank you!
Lisa | Garlic & Zest says
I love this easy recipe -- especially to be able to control the spice. Good to have some on hand at all times.
I've been meaning to make this! love how easy your recipe is
Emily Liao says
This taco seasoning is perfect! Used it for chicken tacos and the whole family loved it.
Just what I need. I am always on a hunt for a good taco seasoning. Make your own at home is perfect.
Jessica Formicola says
Homemade seasonings are my favorite, and this is the best taco seasoning I've ever tried!
Homemade taco seasoning is the best! Such a delicious blend of spices in this one.
Lisa Huff says
Perfect for Taco Tuesdays! Although we make homemade tacos ALL the time so perfect for us, thanks!
Homemade is always the best. This taco seasoning looks so flavorful plus so easy to make
Good spicy flavor. I omitted the salt entirely and added more cayenne. Will use this from now on.
Delicious! The only way we make tacos.
Sara Welch says
This was such a quick and easy recipe! Added so much flavor to our meal; my whole family loved it!
I loved this Taco Seasoning DIY! Do you know how much money I will be saving alone making this? These days every penny counts. Thanks for sharing a budget-friendly recipe!
This is so much better than store bought and a seasoning staple in our home! We really love it!
Love this homemade taco seasoning recipe. It’s budget friendly and flavors are perfect.
Gina Abernathy says
I had no idea this was so easy to make at home. I am always needing taco seasoning and I have all of the ingredients in my spice cabinet. Going to make a big batch now.
Such a great seasoning recipe and a good reminder we can easily make this at home!
Sara Welch says
Such a great seasoning to have on hand, and comes together in a snap! Was the perfect touch to dinner; easily, a new favorite seasoning!
Beth Sachs says
Such a great seasoning to keep in my cupboard. The flavor was so fresh.
Suja md says
Every bite does indeed look amazing! All of the flavors are incredible. And I love these vibrant colors.