Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning from bakedbyrachel.com

I love taco night. It’s easily one of my favorite meals. I love it so much that we sometimes have it weekly but usually I try to spread it out to every other week. It’d be a shame to get sick of tacos, not that I think that’s really possible. Crunchy, soft or even as a salad, I love them all. Load mine up with extra cheese and lettuce, I’m a happy girl.

For ages I’ve meant to whip up my own batch of taco seasoning but time would escape me or I’d simply forget. In a fix I’d just grab a package or two of premade seasoning while at the store. Finally I put this on my recipe to-do list as a reminder. Even with that plan, I still cheated. I know it’ll happen again. It’s like frosting and cupcakes, sometimes you just want a quick cheater box or jar option. It’s easy and quick, but… homemade is always so much better.

The same goes for seasoning. The reason why I love this is because you can easily adjust it to your own preferences. If you want it spicier, add some cayenne or more red pepper flakes. Maybe heat isn’t your thing, cut back on some of the hotter items or leave red pepper flakes out completely. I’m a firm believer nearly any recipe can be and should be adjusted to your own style of eating and preferences.

Homemade Taco Seasoning from bakedbyrachel.com

Whip up a large batch of this ahead of time and there is almost no thinking when taco night hits.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced onion


  • Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Add to 1lb ground meat along with 3/4 cup water.


*Yields 3 Tbsp, equal to one store bought seasoning package. Good for 1lb ground meat.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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20 Responses to “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. #
    Cookin' Canuck — January 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This beats anything you can buy in the store by a country mile! I’m going to make a quadruple batch of this and keep it in my pantry.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I’ve been meaning to do this too and I still haven’t gotten around to it! Great post & pics!

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    Allison — January 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I was supposed to get some shredded beef going in the crockpot this morning for tacos later and I was out of taco season! I will be whipping up a large batch of this, like Dara, to always have on hand :)

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    Cassie @ bake your day — January 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I love making my own too. I rarely buy any kind of seasoning mix anymore. Homemade are the best!

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — January 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    So good! I love making my own taco seasoning. So much better than store bought. I’ve never added red pepper flakes but I will next time. Mr will be very pleased with the added heat.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    We haven’t had taco night in way too long and I’m ashamed to say I always buy the pre-made seasoning. Definitely making this and bringing back tacos asap!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I always mean to make my own too! No excuses- I have everything on hand.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Homemade is so much better. I always make a huge batch of it–that way there are no excuses, it is always there!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Homemade is definitely better! Husband bought a massive container of taco seasoning at Costco but as soon as it’s done, I’m going back to homemade.

  10. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    perfect timing… fiesta bday party this weekend!

  11. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

    For whatever reason I have never made my own! I WILL do it soon!

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    Baking Serendipity — January 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Making my own seasoning is definitely on my to-do list…I imagine it is sooo much better for you. And taco night is a regular at our house too…yum! PS: I have a giveaway going on that I think you’ll be in to!

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    foodwanderings — January 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Love this post Rach rach & your taco night tradition and home made seasoning. BTW love the photography!!

  14. #
    Laura — January 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Nothing beats homemade taco seasoning. Forget those nasty packets!

  15. #
    Tracey — January 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been meaning to whip up a batch of taco seasoning for ages, but it still hasn’t happened so thanks for the reminder! Love that cute little jar you stored yours in.

  16. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Great idea! Such a cute little jar to store it in.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — January 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    We used to have a regular taco night. Your spice mix is inspiring me to start it again. This is a super idea:)

  18. #
    Elizabeth — January 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I have a large container of homemade taco seasoning that I use all the time. It’s great!

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    Kim — October 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I won’t miss all the things I can’t read on the label!

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    Tenaj — November 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Just found this recipe and immediately mixed up a batch. We’re having vegatarian (bean) tacos tonite! Can’t wait to try this mix!!

    Thanks for posting.

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