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3 June 2019

Learn how to make homemade taco seasoning mix at home with your own herbs, spices and blends. The recipe possibilities are endless. You’ll never want to use store bought again! It’s LOADED with chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic, onion and more. Perfect for tacos, but also for burritos, chicken, burgers, nachos and so much more!

Taco night is awesome. Whether it’s Taco Tuesday, a super quick meal at the end of a long day, or simply your favorite dish, tacos are something the whole family can enjoy. If you’ve ever bought taco seasoning from the grocery store, I’m sure you’ve found that there are so many different blends.

No two seasoning blends are alike. You find your favorite brands and stick to them. I used to buy seasonings, but found myself using them only as a base. I would add in a touch of this, a bit more of that, throw in some fresh herbs, garlic, whatever I felt would enhance the overall taco seasoning blend.

But no more!

If you look at the ingredients on the packets, you’ll find it’s fairly simple to develop your own blends of taco seasonings.

All it takes is having some ingredients on hand, which we always do here in the Madness household.

All of my Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe ingredients in a bowl

Let’s talk about how we make our own taco seasonings, shall we? I’ve experimented with different ingredients and combinations and this is my favorite mixture. However! See my NOTE below.

NOTE: Consider this a BASE recipe. It’s my own preferred mixture, but feel free to change it up as you see fit. Try it out a few times, then play with ingredients of your own. More on that below.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons red chili powder (use less for a less spicy version)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (sub in cayenne for a spicier version)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano (sub in regular dried oregano if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

How to make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Simple mix together all of your ingredients, including red chili powder, paprika, cumin, cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper and chili flakes (if using) in a medium sized bowl. Use a fork to blend the mixture as evenly as possible. Once you’ve achieved your desired consistency, store the taco seasoning in an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dark place, like your pantry.

You can also double or triple this recipe very easily to make yourself a big batch. Make it family size and use it all month long.

My Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe ingredients in a bowl

Mix it up as much as you’d like!

Starting to Mix my Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients Together

Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend – Madness Style

I personally make my own blends for different types of meals, especially tacos, and this is one such blend. It is simple, but tasty, with a focus on red chili powder but complemented by cumin, salt, garlic and basil. The corn starch acts as a thickening agent for your taco meat.

I often like to add in some extra ingredients to the overall mixture, including cayenne pepper for a spicy kick, and ghost pepper powder for some real heat.

There are a number of combinations and flavors that you can bring into your own blends, but hopefully this helps you as a starting point to play with flavors and ideas. Bring on the seasonings!

Wait until you try my superhot version…

Ten Ingredients for my Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Making the Recipe Your Own

As mentioned, you can use my own recipe as a starting point to make your own preferred taco seasoning blend. Once you’ve tried it out, get a feel for how you might adjust it.

Want to add more paprika? More garlic? Go for it. Want to cut the salt? Skip the Mexican oregano? No problem. You can very easily play with the ingredient ratios to get your desired flavors.

Also, you can include other ingredients to make it unique and pleasing to your own palate. Here are some ingredient additions to consider:

  • Ancho Powder
  • Jalapeno Powder
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cornstarch
  • Dried Basil
  • Spicy Chili Flakes

So many wonderful options. Got a special ingredient you like to share? Do tell! If you feel like spilling a secret.

You can dehydrate your own chili peppers, then grind them up into powders to add in your own unique elements.

What Can I Make with My Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe?

Make anything you’d normally make with your old store bought taco seasoning or old packaged taco seasoning, including tacos, nachos, taco bowls, burritos and burrito bowls, taco salad, so much more.

You can use this taco seasoning on ground turkey, ground beef, ground chicken or ground pork. It will season up just about any type of meat.

How Much Water to Add to Taco Seasoning

When making tacos with ground meats, use a ratio of 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix to 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat.

To double this, use 4 tablespoons taco seasoning mix to 1 cup water to 2 pounds of meat.

Such a great recipe. Great for any spicy food lover.

Starting to Mix my Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients Together

Try it Out on these Taco Recipes

Check Out Some of My Other Homemade Seasoning Blends

Homemade Taco Seasoning, all mixed together

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Learn how to make taco seasoning mix at home with your own herbs, spices and blends. The recipe possibilities are endless.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time1 min
Total Time2 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: seasoning, spices, tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 26kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
  • Use as you would use any store bought brand of taco seasoning.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. You can play with the heat to your preference by including or not including spicy red chili flakes. If you're looking for hotter, add in some spicy cayenne powder, or crazy like me and include a bit of ghost pepper powder. I love it!

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1405IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.5mg

This post was updated on 6/3/19 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 2/25/15.

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