Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning MixWhen it’s so easy to make homemade taco seasoning there’s no need to buy taco seasoning packets at the grocery store. ย This recipe uses common kitchen ingredients, contains no MSG, and can be mixed up in just minutes. ย I always keep a container of it in my pantry and use it for more than just tacos.

Taco Seasoning Mix

Yield: About 1-1/2 cups or 6 seasoning "packets"

Taco Seasoning Mix


  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup paprika {sweet or smoked}
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-size container; stir well to combine.
  2. Store in a jar, plastic container, or divided out evenly among six snack-size zip-top bags.
  3. Scoop out 1/8-1/4 cup of seasoning for every one pound of ground beef.


When I make tacos I add one can of tomato sauce/pound of ground meat to the meat/seasoning mixture.


Taco Meat

Recipe source Family Feasts for $75 a Week

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10 Responses to Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. Leilani September 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I love making my own taco mix…mostly because I ate tacos one time that were prepared with a mix and the meat was ORANGE! How is that natural? ๐Ÿ™‚ Our recipes are pretty much the same except I do not use cornstarch or paprika and I swap the minced onion for sauteed fresh onion.

  2. Lori September 22, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Eew! Orange? That’s disgusting. When you use the sauteed fresh onion, are you able to store the mix or do you just mix it up each time you make tacos?

  3. Kim September 30, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Great recipe, and so useful! Thanks for sharing. I’ve printed it and will be making it. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚
    <3 Kim

    • Lori October 1, 2013 at 2:03 am #

      Hi Kim. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment. I love making new blogger friendships. I’m for sure coming over to your site to see what yours is all about ~ with a name like curtain queen creates I’m hoping to get some great window treatment ideas!

  4. Crystelle September 30, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Your taco-meat looks super yummy!

    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Lori October 1, 2013 at 2:00 am #

      Hey Crystelle, thanks for stopping by. It’s nice to see your name again.

  5. Kristin October 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I’ve been wondering about this. I’d love to make my own and know exactly what I’m putting in it. Pinning! Thanks!

  6. Ginger October 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    We use our own taco seasoning mix too. It’s so much more flavorful than the packages you buy. I like the idea of using paprika. I’ll have to try that out. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell party!

  7. Monica October 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    This is so practical! Pinned. I need to do this. Featuring this at Family Fun Friday.


    • Lori October 10, 2013 at 2:28 am #

      You just made my day, Monica. Thanks tons and tons.

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