How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Wooden bowl with homemade taco season

Taco Seasoning is a great staple. It spices up not only tacos but a lot of dishes. It never failed, we’d plan Taco Night and I’d either not have a pre-packaged mix of Taco Seasoning or I wouldn’t have enough for the amount of meat I was cooking. What I did have was a cabinet filled with spices. I started experimenting and the result is this homemade Taco Seasoning. Now, we skip the prepackaged stuff and make our own Homemade Taco Seasoning.

I love this taco seasoning because it’s a great foundation.

If we want more heat, I had chili powder or cayenne pepper.

You can mix in fresh herbs or other spices that you enjoy.

In other words, depending on how spicy you and your family like your dishes, use as little or as much as you want.

You might also want to add crushed red pepper, and oregano.
Try it with onion flakes or freshly minced onion.
If you want it to thicken, like the packaged taco seasoning try adding 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch to the mixture.

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 4 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients:

Mix all spices together and store in a Ziploc baggie or jar with a lid.

I use 5 Tbsp. per pound of meat, or when I would typically use a pre-packaged seasoning mix.

How long does taco seasoning last?

Homemade taco seasoning will last up to 6 months.

Keep your taco seasoning stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container!

Go ahead, make a batch and then reach for it when you’re feelin’ the taco mood.

How much homemade taco seasoning equals one packet?

A standard store-bought packet of taco seasoning measures about 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat.

This homemade taco seasoning recipe makes more so you can have a few taco meals!

Creative Ways to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning:

Kraft’s Famous Queso Dip: You know that dip you make that’s all cheesy and beany?
Sprinkle it over popcorn
Casseroles when you want to Tex-Mex it up.
Corn on the Cob
Stir into Sour Cream for a delicious dip
Meat Rub