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Taco Seasoning

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Look no further, this is the best homemade taco seasoning recipe with the perfect combination of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper. So easy to make, you will never need store-bought packets again!

A close-up mage of Mexican spices blended together in a small glass jar.

This homemade Taco Seasoning mix is gluten-free, msg free, preservative free, and can even be organic if you use organic spices!!

Salt is not the second ingredient. There is no need for vegetable oil or sugar to be added, and you will not be adding Maltodextrin, corn starch, silicon dioxide, or natural flavors (code for MSG).

Chili, onion, and garlic powder combined with paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a small glass jar.

How do you make homemade Taco Seasoning?

It is insanely easy to make!!

Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

Pour into a jar or canister that seals and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Chili, onion, and garlic powder combined with paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a small glass jar.

With this large batch seasoning in your pantry, you will never need to run to the store for those little packets again!

Recipe Notes:

  • If you use a larger jar, or a mason jar, you can shake your seasoning mix together in the jar. Mine was packed too tight for shaking!
  • This Taco Seasoning is average heat, what I would call Mild. For added heat, add 2 teaspoons of red chili flakes or use a spicier chili powder (like cayenne).
  • For a smokier Taco Seasoning, substitute chipotle chili powder for some or all of the chili powder.
  • If you hate cumin, leave it out.
  • If you are avoiding salt, yes I actually added salt this time, leave it out if you like…I won’t tell.
  • The sodium count for a 2 teaspoon size serving of a packaged seasoning is 300 mg. My version is 146 mg!

We all have different tastes, so it may take a couple of batches to get the exact mix that suits your family’s tastes. 🙂

How much taco seasoning is in a packet?

A typical package contains 1 ounce/ 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix.

Simply substitute 2 tablespoons of this Taco Seasoning in any recipe calling for one package of seasoning.

Recipes that use, or could substitute this seasoning

To make simple Ground Beef Tacos

  • Brown 1 pound of ground beef.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning and 2/3 cup water. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes stirring often.

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With this large batch Taco Seasoning in your pantry, you will never need to run to the store for those little packets! © COOKING WITH CURLS

Taco Seasoning

The best homemade taco seasoning recipe with the perfect combination of spices that is so easy to make, you can skip the store-bought packets!
4.41 from 10 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade taco seasoning recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 48 servings
Calories: 3kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 0.5 tablespoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Pour into a jar or canister that seals and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.

Notes

  • If you use a larger jar, or a mason jar, you can shake your Taco Seasoning together in the jar. Mine was packed too tight for shaking!
  • This Taco Seasoning is average heat, what I would call Mild. For added heat, add 2 teaspoons of red chili flakes or use a spicier chili powder like cayenne.
  • For a smokier Taco Seasoning, substitute chipotle chili powder for some or all of the chili powder.
  • If you hate cumin, leave it out.
  • If you are avoiding salt, yes I actually added salt this time, leave it out if you like…I won’t tell.
A package of Taco Seasoning is equivalent to 1 ounce/2 tablespoons.
The serving size for a 1 oz package is 6 servings. This Taco Seasoning is 8 tablespoons/1 cup total which I guesstimate to be 48 total servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 3kcal | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 15mg | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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