Never buy overpriced store bought packets of taco seasoning again. Learn how to make Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe that is easy and budget friendly.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

We are so excited for you to try this DIY Taco Seasoning recipe. Once you see how easy it is, you will stop buying it at the grocery store. We love making this and it is super easy. The flavor is amazing and we all love it.

All of the recipes turn out great using this homemade taco seasoning mix. You won’t find any crazy ingredients you cannot pronounce. I love being able to give my family homemade seasoning and it really only takes minutes to make. It is a win all around!

Great way to spice up your meats!

Just make a big batch and store in an airtight container. You will be set for awhile on taco seasoning mix. From seasoning ground beef to ground turkey, this taco seasoning recipes tastes amazing. My family loved the taco meat with this recipe.

We all prefer it to store bought taco seasoning. I have been slowly trying to make more and more things at home. I love that I don’t have to worry about what is inside or any hidden ingredients.

You can know exactly what is going into the food you are eating. This is so comforting especially as a mom!

Simple ingredients and Simple Process!

Once you start making this and trying new things at home, you will see it does not take long. Sometimes, I hesitate to do things because I think it might be complicated or time consuming.

However, this homemade taco seasoning mix is really very simple and so fast to make. You are going to love it! We use a lot of seasoning with our recipes, and those packet seasoning can add up over time.

You are paying for convenience in a taco seasoning packets. Plus, I think it is so much better to make your own and you know everything that is in it.

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Do you love Tacos?

We love Taco Tuesday and Mexican Monday so our household uses a lot of taco seasoning. I love this Easy Crock Pot Taco Meat Recipe for busy weeknights and it is so handy having homemade taco seasoning on hand.

You are going to love making your own taco seasoning. I love having this on hand to use in my recipes.

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Taco seasoning mix recipe from scratch!

With just a few different spices, you can easily make taco seasoning mix that tastes amazing. Plus, you will be happy that it is so easy to make.

Once you make this, you will wonder why you did not do it sooner.

Close up image of all the ingredients for the taco seasoning sprinkled on a board.

What all do you need to make homemade taco seasoning mix:

  • Chili powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cayenne or Red Pepper Flakes

I love knowing exactly what is in the taco seasoning mix. You won’t find any extra ingredients or additives since you are making this at home.

close up image of taco seasoning in a mason jar.

How to make homemade taco seasoning:

This is so easy. All you do is mix all the ingredients including the garlic powder and onion powder up in a jar. It is that easy to make homemade taco seasoning!

You are going to love having taco seasoning to use for all your recipes. It is so handy having this at home and you will save a ton of time and money.

Close up image of taco seasoning in a mason jar.

Great for gift giving!

This is the perfect homemade seasoning to give as a gift! Homemade gifts are my favorite gifts to make and receive. Everyone has so much these days and making this simple recipe will make someone day.

You can put in a mason jar, tie a ribbon around it, and put in a basket with a gift card. This would be perfect for your kids teachers, neighbor or that hard to buy for uncle.

How to use homemade taco seasoning for ground beef and other recipes:

Simply use 2 Tablespoons of your new homemade taco seasoning instead of a seasoning packet in a pound of ground beef.

It is that easy – one quick step and you have it ready to use it in any of your favorite recipes!

How to store homemade taco seasoning.

I like to use mason jars to store the taco seasoning mix in. The jars keep everything nice and fresh and they are inexpensive to purchase. Plus, you can reuse them for other things once you are finished. We love mason jars.

Generally I double or triple this recipe so I don’t have to make it very often.  You can use a container you already have or a mason jar and be set for the next taco night!

More Homemade Seasoning to try:

Here are some of our favorite seasonings to make at home.

Print this Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe below:

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

4.8 from 30 votes
This delicious Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is so easy to make. You will save a ton of money by making your own. Try out this Homemade Taco Seasoning.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6 servings
Cuisine Mexican
Course Mixes and Seasonings
Calories 16
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1/4 cup Chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 teaspoons pepper
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper flakes


  • Mix all the seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to a jar and reserve.
  • When you need taco seasoning, use 2 Tablespoons for a for a pound of meat (or just use 2 Tablespoons for any soup). 

Recipe Notes

Make sure to label your jar so you can identify and find your seasoning easy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 16kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 2330mg, Potassium 75mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 425IU, Vitamin C 0.3mg, Calcium 27mg, Iron 1.6mg

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  1. With most store bought seasoning packets it’s recommended to add water after mixing with the meat. Do you suggest adding any water when preparing tacos?

  2. I actually do often add water after I add the seasoning – it makes the taco meat nice and moist.

  3. If making the taco seasoning per say a jar full like you have on your videos what would then be the measurements? Love watching your videos ??

  4. 5 stars
    I honestly can’t remember how I found you but I’m so glad I did! I have been mixing my own taco seasoning mix also for about the last year after my daughter wanted tacos & we had everything but the seasoning mix. It turned out she liked mine better! An added bonus I control the salt in it. I always feel like there is a tomato flavor missing though. Maybe store brands use dehydrated tomatoes? Sometimes I’ll add in tomato paste but I never thought of using salsa. You amazed me again ??? Thank you a million times over.

  5. Kathee – I generally double or triple the recipe when I make mine and add it to a large mason jar. Thanks for watching the videos 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Normally, I would quickly make a batch that calls for taco seasoning, but placing them in a Mason jar is a wonderful idea!!! How long is the shelf life if you don’t mind my asking?
    I no longer buy taco seasoning anymore since I have everything in my cabinet to make it. ??

  7. Hi Carrie! Love your videos! I don’t buy garlic salt. Is there a way to figure it with garlic powder and adjust the salt?

  8. Yes, garlic salt is usually 1 parts garlic powder and 3 parts salt in equal amounts so I would adjust it accordingly. Thanks!

  9. Hi Carrie, You make cooking look so fun. My husband is a cardiac patient now. No salt. I see you said you could use the garlic powder instead of the garlic salt….what about the regular salt? Can I just leave it out without it tasting weird, or should I try a salt substitute. Thank you for your recipes!

  10. Sharon – I would try a salt substitute. I like pink himalayan salt and have heard it’s lower sodium, you might discuss that with this doctor. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Is the nutritional information listed for the entire recipe or for just 2 Tablespoons of the recipe?

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you, the article really helped me when making tacos because it was easy to understand and followed at home. I waited for other food articles

  13. in youer taco mixs ,,I put smoked paprika in it for a little kick. love cooking on a dime.

  14. If I use 3 tablespoon of the homemade taco seasonal per pound of hamburger, then how much water do I add. (store bought adds 1/3 cups of water with their packet.)

  15. Is its a 1/4 cup chili powder?
    Used seasoning for crockpot chicken tacos and it was very spicy. All u can taste is the chili

  16. Yes, it is 1/4 cup chili powder. You can definitely reduce it if it was too strong for you. Thank you

  17. 5 stars
    I don’t buy the packaged stuff anymore. This is so much easier, cheaper and tastes much better than store bought! Great recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    I discovered Eating on a Dime a while ago when searching for a homemade taco seasoning recipe – this is the gold mine that stopped my search! I store it in a 1/4 cup mason jar.

  19. No, I don’t at this time. You can reduce the salt amount in this recipe and the other ingredients would remain the same to make a lower sodium option. Thanks!

  20. 5 stars
    This taco seasoning is great! It doesn’t take long to make, and I had most of the ingredients in my spice rack and my cupboard. You can actually make it hotter or milder according to your taste by adding or taking away the ingredients listed in the recipe. For example I don’t care for very spicy food so I left out the cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. And this makes a good amount so you don’t have to make it often. That reminds me, I have to make some more, mine is almost done ( I made it awhile ago)! It only takes 2 tablespoons each time you make tacos so it does last awhile! Thanks for this great recipe, Carrie! I’ll never have to buy taco seasoning again! ??

  21. 5 stars
    This taco seasoning is the BEST! So much better than the packets at the store. The great thing is that I already had all the ingredients to make it. I use garlic powder instead of garlic salt to cut down on the sodium. I’ve shared this recipe with several people.

  22. Question on substituting for a low sodium diet (bad kidneys). Could I substitute garlic powder for garlic salt and Mrs. Dash for regular salt in this recipe?

  23. Larry – I have not tried that before so I’m not really sure if the flavor would remain similar or not. If you try it, I recommend trying it in a small batch and cooking with it to make sure that you’re satisfied with the taste before making a large batch. Thank you!

  24. 5 stars
    Hi, can I substitute garlic granules for the garlic salt and would it still be the same amount? Thanks

  25. Yes, you can. I would do 1/4 of the entire amount, so I would use 1/2 tsp of garlic granules instead of salt for this recipe.

  26. 4 stars
    Thank you for this recipe, you were my lifesaver when I realized I forgot to buy taco seasoning. Great recipe!!!

  27. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I use it all the time!! So easy and great to be able to adjust the spice levels!!

  28. This taco seasoning is amazing! It tastes so good, is not salty & my fiance does not get heartburn from this seasoning like he does from store-bough taco seasoning. This is such a bonus for us since we love anything taco-related!

  29. This was such a hit I mixed up a big jar and stuck it in the cabinet. Nice not to have to remember to buy seasoning packs.