Homemade Taco Seasoning

There's nothing quite as easy or delicious as a Homemade Taco Seasoning!

A sheet pan with 8 small glass mixing bowls, each with a different spice and a set of measuring spoons, ready to make homemade taco seasoning.


Why I Love This Recipe

If you've seen my pantry on insta-stories or snapchat, you know that my spice collection is stocked and ready to go. I think I'd be able to whip up just about any spice mixture in no time and adjust based on my personal preferences. I mean, that's the beauty of making it yourself right? If you LOVE garlic, add a bit more garlic powder! Want to crank up the heat, add some extra cayenne. Or if you're cooking for picky eaters, dial down the heat a bit.

But of all the spice mixtures I make on a regular basis - none of them get used as much as my homemade taco seasoning. I use it on just about EVERYTHING. I'll use it to season steak, or add flavor to ground chicken tacos. I'll throw a few tablespoons into a pot of refried beans. I'll roast vegetables with it or add it to some chili. I've been known to add it into this Southwestern Lasagna. I mean, the possibilities really are endless. This DIY Taco Seasoning is not only delicious but it's super easy to make with spices we all probably have in our pantry right this very minute! Whip up a batch and use it next time you're doing taco night. It couldn't be easier and I promise you'll love it.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Mise en place of all the spices to make homemade taco seasoning.
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dried Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

A small glass mixing bowl with all the eight spices to make homemade taco seasoning.

Step 1: Combine all the spices in a small bowl.

A small glass mixing bowl with all the eight spices mixed together to make homemade taco seasoning.

Step 2: Whisk to combine.

How to Store Homemade Taco Seasoning

Store the seasoning in an airtight spice jar. I think spices are best fresh, and try to refresh mine every year. So, I recommend making

Tips & Tricks

This makes enough to use for a pound and a half of meat.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.8 from 15 votes
There’s nothing quite as easy or delicious as a Homemade Taco Seasoning!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Seasonings
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings 1 packet


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all the spices in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Use as needed.


This makes enough to use for a pound and a half of meat.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2480mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3222IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 3 stars

    Do you add cayenne if you add chili flakes? Didn’t see it in recipe but saw that you mentioned cayenne in your comments.

  2. 5 stars
    I go through store bought mixes so fast, this is nice to make my own. Frontier Co-Op spices are the healthiest spices so I use them to make the mix.

  3. If I want to use your taco, fajita senorita mix instead of the usual homemade taco mix, how much should I use per pound of ground protein? Sorry if this is a dumb question.

  4. Oh man. This turned out great for me. I love it, because my late Mom didn't use the store bought taco seasoning unless she was in rush, and I've been looking for a seasoning recipe to replicate what she did with her tacos. It's that one dish that no one seems to make like Mom did. (Family joke -- one of sisters-in-law is an amazing cook, but in the 33 years she's been married to the youngest brother, she's never made tacos because she know hers won't compare.) With this stuff, though, it's darn close. This I will use all the time now!

  5. Can't wait to use this in place of the store brought stuff. How long will this keep for?

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