Oct 1

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is relatively inexpensive, but I prefer the satisfaction of mixing up my own homemade taco seasoning, knowing that I can control the quality of the ingredients -- and the ingredients themselves.

One look at the ingredients list on the back of a package sitting in my cabinet and saw partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide, ethoxyquin, to name just a few, and that was enough for me! I got to work figuring out a homemade alternative without all of the icky additives.

Chances are the ingredients are already sitting in your spice cabinet. It's just a matter of measuring them out and whisking them together.

We took our spices outside to our patio table for ease in cleanup, and I sat back and watched my lovely assistant do all the hard work. Then I transferred the taco seasoning spice mix to a clean container for storage.

Incidentally, I love these little 200-gram Le Parfait jars for my spice mixtures, but they can be a bit pricey. I scored an entire box of 12 for $8.99 plus shipping on eBay, though!

Use about two tablespoons of the homemade taco seasoning, plus 1/4 cup of water, per pound of cooked and drained meat, or substitute it 1:1 in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Spice Mix


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Transfer to a clean container for storage. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.
  3. We like spicy meals here, but if you prefer a less spicy version, simply leave out the cayenne pepper.
  4. Substitute this homemade taco seasoning spice mix 1:1 in any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. I typically use about 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup of water per pound of cooked and drained ground beef.


Now I'll warn you that my family loves spicy food. If you prefer a milder flavor, you may want to omit the cayenne pepper to tone it down a bit. That's the great thing about creating custom spice mixes -- you control every aspect!

Do you make your own spice mixtures at home? What's your favorite blend?

I'm participating in 31 Days of 2012 this October with Nesting Place and a whole lot of other bloggers. Find all of my 31 Days of Homemade posts right here!

by Tara | 13 comments

  • http://www.bellalimento.com Paula – bell’alimento

    We make this all the time. Love it!

  • http://bakeyourday.net Cassie

    I make my own too...it's all about awareness. I couldn't believe that crazy list of ingredients!

  • Anna

    Thanks for the recipe. I was thinking about making my own mix just this morning! It came at the perfect time.

  • http://www.massageyubacity.com Johnann

    This is a great recipe. I eat wheat free and it can be difficult to find many seasoning mixes without some silly addition of wheat.

  • http://www.mycraftyhomelife.blogspot.com Linda @ My Crafty Home Life

    Love this series...and what a great helper you have.

  • http://www.food-ramblings.com Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

    great post :) thanks!

  • http://www.missinthekitchen.com Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    I love those little jars & what a bargain! Taco seasoning is something I never remember to buy and you are so right, making your own is so much better!

  • steph

    Why the cornstarch? Also, add some ground coriander for a more complex flavor.

    • http://unsophisticook.com Tara @ Unsophisticook

      The cornstarch keeps the mixture from getting clumpy, and it also helps create a saucier texture if you add a little water when mixing it with ground beef like the store bought packets do. Coriander sounds like a great addition though!

  • http://www.3blondesandthelaw.blogspot.com Nancy

    always have a homemade version of this in my cabinet. so nice knowing what the ingredients are.

  • http://www.aworldofsushi.net Rick

    Thanks for the recipe, I've always wanted to try to do it myself. Now I don't have excuses anymore!

  • Judy

    Thanks for this recipe. I use taco seasonings in many recipes. Once I open the packet I try to use the rest of it up quickly. Now I don't have to open a packet to use a little bit.

    Your assistant is adorable!!!

  • http://unsophisticook.com Sue

    I am going to try this for a church get together after the evening service with our missionary from Kenya, Africa. About 40 people.

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