Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This homemade taco seasoning mix is super easy to make, MUCH healthier, less expensive, AND it tastes way better than store-bought mixes!

Changing the way we eat has meant looking at every single thing we consume to determine whether or not it is “real food.” This scrutiny is even applied to spices and spice mixes.

This homemade taco seasoning mix is super easy to make, MUCH healthier, less expensive, AND it tastes way better than store-bought mixes!

Take a look at what’s in a package of Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix:

Wheat, Flour, Salt, Dried Garlic, Maltodextrin, Chili Peppers, Spice, Dried Onions, Monosodium Glutamate, Paprika, Sugar, Contains less than 2% of Silicon Dioxide As An Anticaking Agent, Soybean Oil, Malic Acid.

There’s a whole lot of junk in there besides spices!! I’m sure you’ve heard of Monosodium Glutamate, aka MSG, and how bad it is for you. And if you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll need to stay away from this mix since it contains wheat.

The mix also contains Maltodextrin (an artificial sweetener), sugar, and other additives.

When I come across items like this seasoning mix, I ask myself “would I go to the store and buy the individual ingredients in this item?” If the answer is “no,” I simply don’t buy it.

When was the last time you went to the store to buy malic acid and MSG?

So, what’s the alternative??

This homemade taco seasoning mix is super easy to make, MUCH healthier, less expensive, AND it tastes way better than store-bought mixes!

Homemade taco seasoning!! It’s a lot easier to make than you’d think! Plus, it’s less expensive and healthier! And, personally, I think it tastes WAY better than the mixes. Win-win-win-win!

I use this homemade taco seasoning all. the. time.  I use it to season beef for taco salad and nachos, mixed into refried beans for burritos or seven-layer dip, or for anything that just needs a little more flav-uh!

Rather than digging out all of my spices every time I make tacos, I like to make up a large batch of this seasoning and store it in a half pint mason jar in my spice cupboard.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Add all ingredients to a jar.
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of spice mixture to 1 lb of ground beef for tacos.


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  1. Hi! I came across your recipe on Pinterest and have just made it for my other half. He was a bit sceptical about a ‘dry’ recipe (he thought I should add tomatoes, like in a chilli). however I stayed true to the recipe and it was declared as AWESOME by him :-) We’re from England and love to try new recipes… it’s very rare that my boyfriend doesn’t want to tweak or make some adjustments for our own tastes! So thank you for a great recipe… off out now to buy a jar so I can make a big batch up! x

  2. I love homemade taco seasoning. It tastes even better than the store-bought kind with none of the nasty stuff. What’s there not to like?

  3. Mmm! I usually grab a handful of these spices and add them to taste when I’m making tacos, but it would be nice having them pre-mixed and ready to use sometimes!

    Thanks for sharing on Wellness Wednesdays!

  4. I used to use the Tyson Taco seasoning, but when I cam upon your recipe I figured why not give it a try. I already had most of the spices and after heading out to get some Cumin went to work cooking. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite. It tasted just like what I had been using from the store! Thank you for posting this recipe! I can say I’ll be saving a good bit of money with this recipe

  5. As with other mixes, do I need to add water??

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