Homemade Taco Seasoning


This Homemade Taco Seasoning is the easiest recipe ever – just dump, mix and use! Bonus: there’s no preservatives or weird chemicals like the store-bought stuff. And it honestly takes as much time as grabbing a container or packet at the store!

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I will admit – I used to be the type to just buy the huge container of taco seasoning. It’s convenient and if you buy the right one, it tastes pretty good too. But it got to a point where there was only one taco seasoning I could find that didn’t contain onion. I have an intolerance to onion, so I can’t eat it, and onion powder gives me a terrible sore throat.

So I started making my own. Let’s face it – that’s the way to go anyway. That way, there’s no preservatives or anything weird in it – just spices. Also, it means I can use higher quality spices, or fancier ones – liked smoked paprika instead of plain (ooh la la!) and the flavor quality is sooooo much better.

Any more, now, I make most of my own seasonings and rubs. I’ve got a great Pot Roast Rub that works for beef or pork, and I make my own fajita seasoning, too.

Use this taco seasoning to make Instant Pot Taco Chicken (it literally takes less than 20 minutes and just 5 ingredients!) or Taco Chicken Orzo Soup.


Making the Homemade Taco Seasoning

Are you ready for this? 

Measure all your ingredients into a bowl. Stir them all together with a fork (to help break up clumps). Pour the seasoning into a spice jar to store. Make sure you label your jar!

Aaaaand – that’s it! It’s that easy! It almost makes me ashamed that I used to buy the premade stuff. 


Storing Your Taco Seasoning

Store your taco seasoning in airtight spices jars in your cabinet or pantry. You can buy glass spice jars, or I’ve heard good things about the magnetic ones, too!

We have these awesome cabinet door spice racks for all of our spices. I love them because I can see all my spices at one time, instead of searching through rows or spinning a lazy susan, trying to find what I need.

You can store this taco seasoning for a loooong time. If it’s a little clumpy or stuck together when you go to use it (because it’s been sitting and settling), just shake the jar up, or stir it with a fork to break up clumps.

Where to Buy Really Great Spices

The taco seasoning is as good as the quality of spices you use to make it. So if you use the Wal-mart store brand, you’ll still have good taco seasoning, but if you use really good, high quality spices, you’ll have amazing taco seasoning. Which in turn will give you amazing tacos or burritos or soup or whatever.

My favorite place to buy spices is Penzey’s Spices. I have to order them online, because their physical stores are in Wisconsin and I don’t live there. Ha. But, the spices are very high quality and delicious. The prices are reasonable, and they offer a ton of deals. Sign up for their emails, because I get offers all the time for free jars of spices or half-off gift boxes, etc. (I am not being paid to promote them – I just honestly love this company and believe in their products!) 

Their Tuscan Sunset seasoning blend is delicious on roasted potatoes, and their cumin smells and tastes like perfection. 

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  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked papika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container in your pantry. 

  2. Use 1-2 tbsp. per pound of meat. 


  1. naturallytoddlerapproved

    Love this! Way better than pre-made taco seasoning!

    1. Lisa

      Absolutely! Thanks!

  2. Kim

    Love ths! I have an intolerance too to onion. Can’t wait to try rhis!

  3. Annie

    Great recipe! We tried doing this years ago. Will have to try out your recipe!

  4. Huda

    This looks amazing and pretty easy to do! I’ll have to try it 🙂

  5. Amanda Powell

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am guilty of having the big container because it is easiest but I would prefer to have one with out all of the extra junk.

  6. D. Allyson Howlett

    Yummy! I am a taco addict. This looks easy and can be stored for future use. Love it!

  7. Shelby Shidler

    I’ll have to try this. I usually make my own fajita seasoning but have never thought to make the taco. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Katja

    Thank you so much! I wanted a taco seasoning that didn’t have any chemicals in it.

  9. Erin

    I recently started making my own spice mixes as well. I love it because I can adjust the flavor to my family’s taste AND I know what’s going into it. I can’t wait to try this blend.

    1. Lisa

      Yes! That’s the best thing about making them at home! Plus you can use higher quality ingredients!

  10. taylorfoley22

    I’ve been wanting to make my own! Every time I attempt it I always seem to be short on a certain spice! Thank you for this recipe!

  11. Lydia Knox

    This it’s going to be great. We have taco tuesday almost every Tuesday. Making our own spice will give us versatility. Thanks.

  12. Mamie L. Pack

    This is helpful! Our fellas love tacos.

  13. Ya

    I am making tacos tonight! And I always wanted to make my own seasoning! Thanks for this! *pinned

  14. momsbest10

    Such a great way to save some money and also control how much salt and other ingredients are in there!

  15. jdorleus

    Looks very good can’t wait to try and save me some money

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