I can get my kids to eat almost anything with ketchup or homemade ranch dressing on top… or if I season it with taco seasoning. In fact, I know many moms who keep taco seasoning packets on hand to use in the thousands of kid-friendly ways suggested by Pinterest.
I lived in Texas for much of my life and I fell in love with the flavors of both Tex Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine. This taco seasoning mix is a family favorite mix of these classic flavors that has been carefully perfected over many years.
Why Make Taco Seasoning?
Store bought taco seasoning is crazy over-priced for the 2 tablespoons of actual spices it contains. It also often contains things like MSG, anti-caking agents and artificial colors or flavors.
This homemade version is really easy to make. Make it in bulk and store in a glass jar so you’ll always have it on hand. The gentle blend of flavors is great with much more than just tacos though. Add it to scrambled eggs, mayo, stir frys, soups and even salad dressings!
Our family favorite is to make taco meat using this seasoning and serve in lettuce leaves with green onions on top.
If you’ve ever bought taco seasoning packets from the store, this is a simple and cost effective switch you can make right away.
What spices are in taco seasoning?
When you make taco mix yourself, you’ll find it is incredibly easy! You only need a few basic spices:
- Chili Powder (here’s how to make your own)
- Cumin Powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder (here’s how to make your own)
- Oregano leaf (or oregano leaf powder)
- Himalayan salt or Sea salt (optional)
- ground pepper
How much is in a packet of taco seasoning mix?
A packet of taco seasoning contains the equivalent of 2-3 tablespoons of this recipe. Often, thickeners and fillers are added but these can be omitted to let the natural flavors shine through.
How to use homemade taco spices to replace packets:
Use 2-3 tablespoons of this spice + 1/4 cup of water per pound of meat. Add the spice and water while the meat is browning and cook on medium high heat until the water has evaporated and the meat is fully cooked.
How to Make Taco Seasoning:
Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
Yield 1 cup
Homemade taco seasoning is simple and cost effective to make and easily takes the place of store bought seasoning packets for quick meals.
- 1/4 cup Chili Powder
- 1/4 cup Cumin Powder
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Oregano leaf (or oregano leaf powder)
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Himalayan salt or Sea salt (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- First, select a wide mouth jar or container for your spices.
- Then, put all the spices in the jar and shake well or mix in a food processor until combined.
- Store in an airtight jar for up to six months.
To use: sprinkle on ground beef or chicken as you would any store bought taco seasoning. 3 tablespoons is the same as 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. Great for lettuce tacos.
Want to make other spices too?
Check out my full list of spices you can make at home with basic ingredients to overhaul your spice cabinet today! You’ll love it because the flavor of fresh, homemade spice blends is incredible and you’ll save money too!
What are your favorite seasonings?