Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Urvashee Patel | Dessarts

Do you love cooking with taco seasoning? You can easily make your own with this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe.

You’ve heard me say this many times. We eat a lot of Mexican food!

Taco Tuesday? We take that very seriously in this house.

The refried beans are cooked ahead and ready to go before the evening.

Taco Seasoning Photo

Standard menu when the in laws come over? Black bean enchiladas with a side of Mexican rice. Lunch request from the kiddo is almost always for quesadillas.

That’s a lot of Mexican food and I only mentioned a few of my standard recipes. Get this though, I don’t use store bought taco seasoning packets. Like, ever.

I take out each spice individually but with this much cooking, I realized I should just have a premade mix handy. It’s just like when pumpkin season rolls around.

I need my pumpkin pie spice mix ready to go for all my baking projects!

Here’s why I opted for a DIY taco seasoning instead of the store packets. First, I already had all the spices in the house.

Taco Seasoning Picture

This allowed me to put my extra bottles in the pantry and have just one bottle of taco seasoning in the spice cabinet. Why crowd that precious kitchen cabinet space?

Second, trust me on the math, it’s cheaper. Lastly, homemade taco seasoning doesn’t come with maltodextrin, ethoxyquin, silicon dioxide or some unknown referred to as “natural flavor”.

Does this sound like stuff you need in your food? I didn’t think so.

The ingredients for taco seasoning are chili powder, garlic and onion powders, oregano, cumin, paprika and cayenne if you want it spicy.

Store-bought taco seasoning also may contain salt. I did not include it in the taco seasoning recipe because it’s easier to gauge how much total salt you need depending on what you are cooking.

This way nothing gets over-salted by accident.

Taco Seasoning Image

A typical package of taco seasoning usually contains about two tablespoons of seasoning.

To make it easy for you, this recipe makes about the equivalent of one packet minus the salt.

You can scale it up according to your needs. (So if you make burrito bowls as often as I do, you will want to scale up the taco seasoning recipe by about 15 times or more!)

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

  6 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika


  1. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk together until well blended. If spices are clumping, put all the ingredients through a small sifter.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Label and store in a cool dry place.


Cooking Method:
No Cook
Tex Mex
Homemade Spices
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Recipe Yields:
6 servings
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Author: Urvashee Patel
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 3

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Urvashee Patel

About Urvashee

Urvashee blogs about delectable desserts on her blog, Dessarts. Lucky for us, she's sharing her delectable vegetarian dishes too as a Vegetarian Fanatic.