Homemade Taco Seasoning

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!

homemade taco seasoning in a jar

We are a taco family. We could eat tacos for days and never get sick of them. Chicken tacos, 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.

Homemade taco seasoning divided into separate ingredients on a plate

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

To make my taco seasoning mix, you’ll need a bunch of 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. Then 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

Here are some more homemade seasoning mixes to try at home:

Use your homemade taco seasoning in these recipes:

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A jar of taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 3 tablespoons

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Homemade taco seasoning collage

 

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. 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?