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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to make and the ingredients are likely already available in your pantry. Store it in an airtight container for up to one month and you’re ready for a family fiesta at home.

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Easy to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

We all grab those little packets of taco seasoning to make dinner prep more efficient. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, no judgment at all. It’s one of those convenience items that takes the stress out of meal prep and allows you to get dinner ready in a hurry. Many of the prepared taco blends have high amounts of sodium for flavor, and making it yourself at home gives you the freedom to adjust the amount according to your own taste.

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How to Make the Best Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This seasoning literally takes 2 minutes to make and half of that time is collecting the spices. Start with fresh spices and store it in an airtight container and you’ll have taco seasoning ready for your own taco feast at home in no time flat.

  • What’s in taco seasoning? This seasoning is like any other in that it depends on the preference of the cook. To make this recipe you’ll need: Dark chili powder, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, ground cumin, onion powder, Mexican oregano, salt, lemon pepper cornstarch, ancho chili powder and ground cinnamon.
  • I keep Mexican oregano on hand, but you can also use dried cilantro or Italian oregano as a substitution.
  • Cornstarch is not only a thickening agent, it also prevents the seasonings from clumping together.
  • This recipe makes around 8 tablespoons but may vary slightly depending on how accurately the seasonings are measured, and if any are omitted.
  • When using in place of a packet of taco seasoning, use 2 tablespoons adjusting the amount using more or less, to your personal taste.
  • This recipe easily doubles and triples for a larger batch to share with friends.
  • You can use this seasoning to make tacos, steak fajitas, chicken fajitas, taco soup, pork carnitas or any recipe that calls for a packet of taco seasoning,
  • You can store homemade taco seasoning in an airtight container or mason jar for up to one month at room temperature. easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Southern Style Recipes to Make Using Homemade Taco Seasoning

You can use this seasoning to make homemade ground beef or chicken tacos or any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. A few examples:

Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe in a jar

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American, Mexican Inspired
Keyword: homemade-taco-seasoning, taco-seasonings
Servings: 8 Tbsp
Calories: 20kcal


  • 2 Tbsp dark chili powder May adjust to taste
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano OR dried cilantro OR 1 1/2 tsp Italian oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ancho chili or cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Whisk together all ingredients together on a plate or small mixing bowl.
  • Use 2 Tbsp in place of one packet prepared taco seasoning. Yield: Approximately 8 Tbsp
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 month.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1523IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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