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This homemade taco seasoning is super simple and easy. Whip up a batch and store it in your pantry for quick access when cooking tacos, burritos, nachos and more!

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Why We Love This Recipe

We are a taco family. We could eat tacos for days and never get sick of them. Chicken tacos, ground beef tacos, shrimp tacos…we love them all. Having my homemade taco seasoning mix on hand makes for quick and easy to whip up a batch of Chicken Taco SaladTaco Stuffed Bread or Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos any day of the week.

I also love making homemade seasonings. They just taste so much better than pre-packaged, and you have full control over the spice and salt levels. Like my Homemade Cajun Seasoning and Homemade Pot Roast Seasoning.

Homemade taco seasoning divided into separate ingredients on a plate

Ingredients for my Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

To make my taco seasoning mix, you’ll need some common spices from your pantry.

  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • paprika
  • ground cumin
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

See? You probably have all of that in your pantry right now! Combine the spices and seasonings together and store the taco seasoning in an air-tight container. Tupperware is great for this, or a mason jar (aff link) with a nice tight lid.

Now when your recipe calls for taco seasoning, you’ll have it ready to go in your pantry!

Prepackaged taco seasoning mix has starches and “natural flavors” added, so making it from scratch you have the benefit of knowing exactly what’s in it and the flavors of the natural spices shine through.

How to Use My Homemade Taco Seasoning

There are about 2 tablespoons in a pack of taco seasoning mix, so when a recipe calls for it, you can just add two tablespoons of the homemade taco seasoning. You can also add more or less depending on the flavor you’re looking for. Rub it on some chicken breasts and following the directions for my baked chicken or stovetop chicken. Use it in soups, or mix it in with some ground beef for Taco Tuesday.

My favorite way to use this taco seasoning is for making my Easy Chicken Tacos, which uses my stovetop method for cooking chicken breasts, which you’ll be able to find here tomorrow, so be sure to tune back in! We use that same meat for my chicken taco salad and in quesadillas, nachos and tostadas. It’s perfection!

Homemade taco seasoning mixed together on a plate with a fork

Use Taco Seasoning in:

A jar of taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

4.34 from 3 votes
This Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe makes about 2 ½ tablespoons, which is equal to one packet. This recipe can easily be double, tripled or more and stored in an airtight container until ready to use.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 tablespoons


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
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  • Combine ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.
  • To use: This recipe equals about 1 packet of packaged taco seasoning, or 2 ½ tablespoons.
  • For ground beef or turkey: Cook 1 ½ pounds of meat with 1 small diced onion, 2 minced garlic cloves. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and break up meat with a spatula as it browns. When the meat is no longer pink, drain grease from the pan; add taco seasoning and ½ cup of water. Stir to coat and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve in tacos, burritos and salads.
  • For chicken: rub all over chicken breasts and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or a slow cooker on high for 4 hours. Shred meat in the juices and use in tacos, burritos and salads.
  • For pork: rub 2-3 tablespoons all over a medium-sized pork roast. Place in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Shred meat and use in tacos, burritos and salads.


There are about 2 tablespoons in a pack of taco seasoning mix, so when a recipe calls for it, you can just add two tablespoons of the homemade taco seasoning. You can also add more or less depending on the flavor you’re looking for. 
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Calories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 821mgPotassium: 96mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 970IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Sally Peterson says:

    Are you open to experimenting with a recipe? In Northern Cali and Nevada there is a place called Jimboys Tacos…super unique and people have been trying to find the taco recipe. One standout surprise some one thought the secret ingredient was….kitchen bouquet. There’s another one somebody put out but does not have the KB. Are you open to an alternative taco using this addition?