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!

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