If you’re looking for a simple and easy recipe for homemade taco seasoning, this is it. It’s full of flavor, and mild enough for the whole family to enjoy.
I know what you’re probably thinking… you can just buy those little packets of taco seasoning right in the grocery store, so why on earth would you bother to make your own?!
Lucky for you, I have two VERY good reasons why you should make your own homemade taco seasoning. They’re the same reasons I was compelled to start making my own: 1) the ingredients, and 2) money.
First, the ingredients.
I looked up the ingredients in one of the most commonly used taco seasoning packets, and I was shocked to find that the only actual spices in the whole packet were chili powder, salt, onion powder, and “spice” (whatever that means). The rest of the ingredients were things like corn starch, corn flour, and partially hydrogenated oils.
Now. I am in no way saying that those ingredients are toxic and should never be consumed. I’m just saying, why would I buy a packet with all kinds of additives and few actual spices, when I can make my taco meat taste a million times better by using a seasoning that contains, well, more actual seasonings?
Second, I also considered the cost factor when I started making my own taco seasoning. A one-ounce packet of taco seasoning costs around a dollar (give or take, depending on where you live, where you shop, and whether or not it’s taxed).
In general, I’ve found that I can buy my own spices to make my own taco seasoning, and will have easily spent less than that $1 per ounce, especially if I purchase store-brand spices. If you use a lot of taco seasoning in your house, you can buy the spices in bulk and mix a large batch for even cheaper.
And you might think that it’s worth paying the extra for the “convenience” of the packets… but is it really? I can mix up a large batch of this homemade taco seasoning in under five minutes, and once it’s made, using it takes no more time than ripping open that seasoning packet.
So to recap, homemade taco seasoning takes almost no time to make, it’s way more flavorful than the store-bought packets, and contains no unnecessary additives. That, my friend, is what I would call a WIN-WIN-WIN.
Just say you’ll trust me and try this taco seasoning once, okay? I promise once you realize how easy and delicious it is, you’ll never go back to celebrating Taco Tuesdays with those seasoning packets again.
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar and mix well.
2. Store in an airtight container to keep the seasoning fresh in your spice cabinet for several months.
LARGE BATCH RECIPE: ½ cup chili powder, ¼ cup ground cumin, 4 teaspoons salt, 4 teaspoons smoked paprika, 4 teaspoons garlic powder, 4 teaspoons dried oregano, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes.
PS: If you like this recipe, you might also want to check out my Homemade Enchilada Sauce!