Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe – This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! 

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! // addapinch.com

 

 

We absolutely love tacos. Hard shell, soft shell, stand up shell, not a stand up shell – it really doesn’t matter. But one thing that I just don’t like to buy are those little packets of taco seasoning. I know, they are easy to use and fast, but I much prefer to make my own homemade taco seasoning so that I know exactly what is in it – and what is not! 🙂

I’ve realized over the years that I am sensitive to some of the preservatives used in store-bought mixes and since I’ve been making my own, I feel so much better! And, I feel better about using my homemade version of mixes in recipes that I serve to family and friends. There is no guessing if the person is sensitive to MSG, or so many of the other chemical-based preservatives and other additives.

Even if you don’t have those concerns, I still think you’ll love this simple, easy, 5-ingredient taco seasoning powerhouse!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! // addapinch.com

It’s just too simple to make not to and it is so easy to make and keep it on hand for a super quick, weeknight supper. I love to mix up a large batch of my taco seasoning to keep on hand in my pantry. Then, I just sprinkle a bit onto meats and vegetables for a super quick weeknight favorite. Adjust the amount to your family’s personal preference and dig in!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! // addapinch.com

It also makes a great housewarming or hostess gift. Just put it in a nice spice jar, along with another jar of spicy brown sugar dry rub, and you have a present that your friends will love receiving and using all year long! I know I sure would!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! // addapinch.com

Believe me, once you make it yourself, you definitely will want to continue making it!

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Here’s my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe. I think you are going to love it!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
 
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more!
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Serves: about ¼ cup
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all together and store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe - This easy homemade taco seasoning mix is made with just five ingredients and with no preservatives! Great for tacos, fajitas, and so much more! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.

32 comments on “Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe”

  1. I have been doing this for a few years now, and I LOVE it!! The packets have so much salt, this is not only better for you, but it’s cheaper, too!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I make something that requires taco seasoning at least once a week. I think I’ll make a batch of this right now.

    • I’m so glad it is a recipe you can use! We use it a good bit, too! There’s nothing like a quick taco for lunch or supper or even a taco salad. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. What a great idea! This is a good thing to have on hand.

  4. I usually buy the packs of taco seasoning, but it’s so much more economical making it yourself! I’ll be trying your recipe next time we have tacos!

  5. Ummm! Looks nice and yummy. Wish I could just bite that toco..

  6. I have been meaning to find myself a recipe for taco seasoning, one that someone I know loves, because it kills me to buy it premade (and surprise, surprise, most of them have added wheat!). Thanks Robyn this is going to be my new go to.

  7. You can omit the cornstarch if you’d prefer to not have it in there. I like to add it to thicken as it cooks into the meat. Let me know how you like it!

  8. You can omit the cornstarch if you’d prefer, but I like to use it to thicken as it cooks into the meat.

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  11. How much of the mixture would you use in a typical taco meat (1 pound ground beef) recipe? Thanks!

    • It really depends on your personal tastes. My family enjoys the flavor, so I may use more than you might prefer. For 1 pound of ground beef, I would use about 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning.

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  13. I like being able to control the salt. Thanks again for another great suggestion! Pinning it!!

  14. I love this post! Making your own at home is so much better than store bought for so many reasons!!!

  15. Thanks for sharing this taco seasoning recipe! It looks wonderful.

  16. I’ve got these ingredients on hand all the time. Thank you! I will have to whip up a batch.

  17. Robyn, you are SO right about this – why would I ever buy that stuff in the packet again? I’m officially designating one of my mason jars as Taco Seasoning Jar.

  18. Looks good but did you really mean 2 Tablespoons of cayenne pepper? I’ve never had taco seasoning without chili powder..I would love to try this but the two tablespoons of cayenne seem a bit much.

  19. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I always have these ingredients on hand. I’ll never buy the packaged again.

    • I never use packaged either – I enjoy the freshness of this – and it’s so simple! You can adjust the “heat” according to your preference, Donna, to make it just right for your family. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does! Thanks! xo

  20. thank you so much for breaking this down, I always buy the pre made mixes but knew there was always something better, and better even since I already have the ingredients!

  21. It is a demonstration of “…do it my way…” To “preseason” food. Ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey and ‘allow’ the one eating to season the tacos the way THEY want. Thanks to the “Food Chanel
    , and others we have lost the ability to appreciate what food tastes like. It’s all about the seasonings – why not save money and just serve seasonings?
    It’s a sad state when slll one tastes is the green peppers, the onions and the garlic and the real food is appreciated…sad.

  22. This is excellent mix not only is it simple but as someone else mentioned it is full of salt,I worked as a chef for many years cooking for seniors whom are on low salt diets no good for anyone, we did a lot of research , and with a good combination of fresh herbs we do not need salt,as you did here,my compliments to you.

  23. sorry after reading my comment I see some mistakes it is not full of salt and also did not rate this sorry

  24. Really!? Two tablespoons of cayenne pepper. That seems like way to much. Maybe the cayenne pepper and paprika got mixed up….2 TBS of paprika and.1 tsp of cayenne seems more sensable.

    Parrish
    BIRMINGHAM, AL

  25. As noted by the others, I think your cayenne pepper amount is wrong??!!!

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