Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning - you'll never buy a packet at the store again. | Kristine's Kitchen

For a while now I have been trying to get away from buying packaged foods as much as possible. I know that fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are much more healthful than processed foods, and I want to feed my family foods in their natural state as much as possible. One result of this is that I have a really hard time buying packages of things like pre-made taco seasoning, which can be loaded with extra sodium and other not-so-nutritious additives.

To make my own homemade taco seasoning, I began by researching various recipes online. The differences between recipes are great, and when creating my own I used a combination of the recipes I found. I wanted my taco seasoning to have a little kick to it without being overly spicy, and to have plenty of flavor so we wouldn’t miss the extra salt found in the little packets at the store. I decided to leave salt and black pepper out of my seasoning, and instead I season my taco meat to taste after cooking.

Homemade Taco Seasoning - you'll never buy a packet at the store again. | Kristine's Kitchen

If you’re paying close attention, you might notice that the paprika is missing from my photo. As I was mixing up this batch, I realized I was all out of paprika. Don’t worry- I added the paprika after I was able to buy some more at the store!

It will literally take you less than 5 minutes to mix together your own homemade taco seasoning, and you can store it in your pantry to get a couple of uses out of it. I hope I’ve inspired you to try making some for yourself!  (Check back tomorrow for a great recipe that you can make with your homemade taco seasoning.)

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Printable Recipe

Makes about ½ cup


  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  2. To make taco meat, use 2 heaping tablespoons per pound of meat. Brown the meat, add in the taco seasoning and 1 cup of water, and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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  1. […] Run out of taco seasoning and don’t want to run to the store? Here is a great recipe for homemade taco seasoning!  Now you will know exactly what is going into your food. Making taco seasoning at home will help cut back on sodium and rid of the extra additives that are found in most pre packaged seasoning. Find the recipe at the link. kristineskitchen […]

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