Homemade Taco Seasoning


I’m not a big fan of seasoning packets because they are full of extra salt and preservatives. Even though they are easy to pick up at the grocery store, it is just as quick to make your own homemade taco seasoning. And it tastes 10x better! This is a Mexican blend, full of spices that you probably already have in your cupboard. I use this homemade taco seasoning in a plethora of different dishes including taco meat, enchiladas, and fajitas. Here’s what you need:

All you need is 8 simple spices and a bowl to mix them in:

1 tablespoon chili powder              1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder            1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon paprika                      2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon Kosher salt                    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

*If homemade taco seasoning is something you think you’ll use often, go ahead and double or triple this recipe. It stores well in a mason jar, ziplock bag, or any kind of airtight container.*

Depending on how spicy you like your meals, use as little or as much as you want. I use this homemade taco seasoning in Freezer Friendly Spicy Chicken Enchiladas. Flavor wise, they are a big hit with my Mexican-loving family, and I love that I can just pull them out of the freezer and bake. They also make a great gift to a friend who just had surgery or a new mama.

Sometimes I sprinkle the homemade taco seasoning on flattened chicken breasts for a quick seasoned rub.

I can use the grilled chicken in soups, burritos, or even on top of salads.

Normally I use my Homemade Chili Seasoning when making my Hearty Ground Beef Chili, but if it’s gone and I have homemade taco seasoning already prepared, it works just as well. It’s also spectacular in 30 Minute Chicken and Black Bean Fajitas and Chicken Fajita Roll-ups.

Be sure to save this picture on Pinterest so you can reference it later. Are you a Mexican food lover like I am? Then you may want to follow my Mexican Madness Board that has all sorts of recipes from south of the border. Happy cooking y’all!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Heidi Davison
Homemade taco seasoning is a simple blend of Mexican spices that you can use in a variety of dishes such as taco meat, fajitas, and enchiladas.
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Spice Mixture
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1


  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Mix all the spices in a small bowl and use in your favorite recipe.
  • Store extra taco seasoning in a covered mason jar, ziplock bag, or other airtight container.


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  • Jazzy Venezula says:

    The recipe is very Anglo Not too Mexican. Is the paprika for coloring and the chili flakes and chili powder. try just garlic onion and comino (cumin) salt to taste

    • Thanks for your suggestions Jazzy!

  • Jazzy Venezula says:

    1 star
    very Anglo not too Mexican

  • Irene D. Jackson says:

    How much of the seasoning would you use with a pound of ground beef to make taco meat?

    • I would use about a tablespoon and a half, maybe two.

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