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 per pound of 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 per pound of 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 | 12 comments

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Paula - bell'alimento October 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

We make this all the time. Love it!
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Cassie October 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I make my own too…it’s all about awareness. I couldn’t believe that crazy list of ingredients!
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Anna October 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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


Johnann October 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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.


Linda @ My Crafty Home Life October 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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


Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

great post :) thanks!
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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

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!
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steph October 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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


Tara October 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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!


Nancy October 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

always have a homemade version of this in my cabinet. so nice knowing what the ingredients are.
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Rick November 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for the recipe, I’ve always wanted to try to do it myself. Now I don’t have excuses anymore!
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Judy May 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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!!!


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