Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is filled with simple pantry spices and is my go-to blend for all Mexican inspired dishes! 

This super easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is perfect for making taco meat, enchiladas, or anything that requires taco seasoning!pinterestHave 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!

Pantry spices make up this super easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe! So easy and so flavorful!

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
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • 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.

Use this super easy taco seasoning mix for things like taco meat, chicken tacos and more!

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 super simple recipe for homemade easy taco seasoning on hand for when the time calls!

Keep this recipe handy for whenever you need that infamous taco seasoning!

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Keep this super simple recipe for homemade taco seasoning on hand for when the time calls!
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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This super easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is filled with basic pantry spices and packs big flavor!
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 tablespoons
Calories: 20 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 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.
You can easily double, triple or more this recipe to create a larger batch for whenever you need more.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1231mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1469IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chili powder, Mexican, taco
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This super easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is perfect for making taco meat, enchiladas, or anything that requires taco seasoning!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
18 Responses
  1. Brenda Wayland

    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

  2. Roger

    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.

  3. Angela

    5 stars
    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!

  4. Karen U.

    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!!

  5. 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!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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