This Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is filled with simple pantry spices and is my go-to blend for all Mexican inspired dishes!
Have you ever been ready to make a recipe that calls for taco seasoning, only to find out that you’re fresh out of the small foil packages of pre-made taco seasoning?
It’s the worst, right?!
Have no fear, because this simple and easy blend of spices is PERFECT for using in place of that pre-made blend at the store, plus it’s fresh and way cheaper too!
You probably already have all the spices in your pantry right now to whip up this super easy Mexican blend!
What’s In Homemade Taco Seasoning Spices:
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Black Pepper
The coolest thing about this recipe is that I’ll give you the measurements for a single batch of taco seasoning (used to make 1 pound of taco meat), but it’s also super easy to double, triple (or more) the recipe so you’re always prepared for when you need taco seasoning.
PRO TIP: Keep unused taco seasoning in a sealed mason jar or air tight container for up to 3 months.
How To Make Homemade Taco Meat
- My favorite way to make taco meat is by browning 1 pound of ground beef with 1/2 of an onion that’s been diced.
- Drain the fat off and then add in 2 1/2 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning along with 1/4 cup of water.
- Stir it all together, letting the water moisten the meat and reduce.
It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!
Different Ways To Use Taco Seasoning
Not only is this gluten free taco seasoning perfect with ground beef, you can also use it with chicken, pork and in soups too! Here are a few of my favorite recipes that utilize taco seasoning.
Keep this recipe handy for whenever you need that infamous taco seasoning!
Helpful Products to Make This Recipe:
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Combine all the spices in a bowl and keep in an air tight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.
To Make Taco Meat:
- Brown 1 pound ground beef with 1/2 of a white onion, diced until crumbled and no long pink. Drain any fat and return skillet to stove top. Add in 2 1/2 tbsp of seasoning mix (one recipe) along with 1/4 cup of water. Stir until combined and water has reduced.
PIN THIS IMAGE TO SAVE THE RECIPE!
Does not taste like a taco????
This is the perfect taco seasoning thank you so much! I used it to make your enchilada recipe!!. That is fantastic too!!
Easy recipe and good flavor but a little too salty! I would recommend cutting back a bit.
I love this recipe! It was so easy to make, it really did only take two minutes! I haven’t cooked it yet but I’m sure I’ll be using this again and again
Fantastic! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
What chili powder do you recommend? Most of the store bought is a blend including cumin , onion powder, salt, paprika, etc. which makes some of the recipie redundant. I use a home made blend of ancho, california, new mexico, and chipotle.
Hmm.. I’ve never purchased a blended chili powder. I would recommend just plain chili powder.
Better flavor then the packets. Thanks for sharing!
Hooray! So glad you enjoyed it!
I’AM MAKING THIS NOW, BUT IS IT 2 1/2 TBSP OR 2 1/2 teaspoon?
The yield of the recipe should be about 2 1/2 tablespoons.
Shawn, it looks so yummy! I love the step-by-step instructions, making it an easy recipe to follow!
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I love this recipe! I always site to it when directing my readers to a delicious homemade taco seasoning recipe. It’s the perfect blend!
I’m so glad you are enjoying it!
Shawn, it looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!
I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks so much for this recipe!! My hubby and I moved to Mexico about 8 months ago and when we lived in the states, I ALWAYS used to buy the packets of taco seasoning. Guess what?? In Mexico, they do not sell the packets!! Duh, I should have known……..they do sell lots of spices and all sorts of different spice concoctions, but many of them are very spicy and we go for the less spicy stuff, so I am looking forward to trying yours and adjust if need be. Thanks!!
I’m so glad you’re able to put this to good use Karen! 🙂
Mike from Chili Pepper Madness
Yep, a very nice seasoning blend that works great for tacos. I love it. I always like to slip in some extra spicy chili powder (like ghost!) to get an additional kick. Great stuff!
Oh I bet that spicy chili powder would be a great addition!