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25 February 2015

Learn how to make taco seasoning mix at home with your own herbs, spices and blends. The recipe possibilities are endless.

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.

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.

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…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Try it Out on these Taco Recipes

Check Out Some of My Other Homemade Seasoning Blends

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.

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 mins
Learn how to make taco seasoning mix at home with your own herbs, spices and blends. The recipe possibilities are endless.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: seasoning, spices, tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 23 kcal
  • 4 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  1. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Use as you would use any store bought brand of taco seasoning.
  3. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 23
% Daily Value*
Sodium 940mg 39%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Vitamin A 32.5%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Brent Spomer

    Hi MIke, I have been looking for a good taco spice recipe and ran across yours. I have some ancho chile powder that I was hoping could be used for the basis of a taco spice but wanted to get your thoughts. It may be too mild but then everyone doesn’t like things hot. I was thinking I’d cut back on the cumin a bit as I don’t care for cumin all that much.

    I enjoy your letters and wish I had time to try out and eat all of your recipes (chili con carne looks outstanding!). Any thoughts you might have about using ancho for a homemade taco spice would be appreciated.

    Thanks and have a great day!


    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hi, Brent. Thanks. Ancho powder would be a great addition to this, actually. Ancho is one of my very favorite seasonings. If you enjoy it, certainly add it in. You can also omit the cumin. A number of people don’t like cumin. The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to your own personal preferences. Let me know how it turns out! Have a great one!

  2. Tom Speight

    Hi Mike – new viewer, thanks for the great site! General question: when you say Chili Powder (like above) is this a blend like Chili Powder i find in grocery stores or is ground Chile pepper the only ingredient?… thanks, Tom

  3. Hey Mike,

    I’m very interested in making this but I would love to see this super hot version you teased us with. Is that in your cookbook or did it just not make it on the site yet?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jason, it’s not in my book. I’ll have to get it on the site soon!

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