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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Learn how to make your own authentic taco seasoning in this easy 5 ingredient spice mix recipe. Making your own lets you control the ingredients, and it’s more affordable than store bought packets.

Overhead view of taco seasoning in mason jar on table

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This easy homemade taco seasoning recipe uses only 5 ingredients to make the best seasoning for taco meat.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Recipe Servings: 16


  • 1 ⅛ cups cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 6 teaspoons sea salt
  • 5 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 5 tablespoons garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper - to taste (optional)


  • Small mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spoon
  • 16 ounce glass jar


  • Measure out ingredients.
    White ceramic bowl of sea salt, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and oregano on a wood table
  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Transfer to a pint sized mason jar for storage.
    Overhead view of jar of homemade taco seasoning.


See Tips Below!!!

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Tips for Making & Using Taco Seasoning

1. How Much for 1lb of Meat?

Add 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat for tacos. Lighter meats like fish or shrimp will need less and heavier meats like ground beef and steak will need more. Taste and adjust to the flavor level your family loves.

2. I Want Spicy Tacos!

To make your taco seasoning spicy, add cayenne pepper. Start with a teaspoon and add more until you get the heat level you’re after.

3. How Else Can I Use this Seasoning Blend?

We make a large batch of our spice mixes because they all have so many uses. Besides spicing up any meat, you can add it to Ranch Dressing for tasty taco salads.

Use it when you make Spanish Rice, Guacamole or Homemade Salsa. Add it to chili as a secret ingredient or stir it into tortilla soup made with homemade chicken stock.

4. Can I Use Smoked Paprika?

While I typically use sweet paprika, you can also use smoked for a flavor that goes well with chipotle recipes.

5. Does This Taste Better Than Store Bought Packets?

Yes, it does! If you’re looking for an exact copycat McCormick taco seasoning recipe, just add 1 tablespoon each of chili powder and onion powder and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. We find those ingredients aren’t necessary for awesome flavor so we typically make ours without them.

6. How to Store It?

Be sure to keep your DIY taco seasoning in an airtight container like a glass mason jar. Store it in a cool dry place like the spice cabinet or pantry to keep it fresh.

7. Is this a Low Sodium Recipe?

As written, it’s not. However, feel free to omit the sea salt and it’s automatically low sodium (as well as already being naturally gluten free)!

8. Best place to buy bulk spices?

I buy all of my spices in bulk because I make all of our seasoning blends from scratch. Starwest Botanicals has great prices on bulk spices, so that’s who I source most of my spices and seasonings from to make my own mixes.

If you want to make some of my other homemade spice blends, these are popular choices:

  1. Italian Seasoning
  2. Ranch Seasoning
  3. Cajun Seasoning

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Mason jar of homemade taco seasoning

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