Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Mixing up your own taco seasoning is such a cinch I recommend everyone do it! I don’t know why I haven’t done a post about it before now since I’ve been making my own seasoning mix for years.

Sometimes you get a hankering for a taco and you don’t have any of those packets on hand. . . that’s how I started making my own. A trip to the store just to buy a packet of spices that I already have in my own cupboard didn’t seem smart. What a complete waste of time. And money.

You can tweak it to suit your own tastes. Maybe you like more chili powder or don’t like oregano in it. . . you can use this as a starting point to make your own personalized mix.

I usually double or triple this recipe being it will last for a while in a tightly covered glass jar.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Mixing up your own taco seasoning is such a cinch I recommend everyone do it. Not only is it a money-saver but you don't have to worry about running out of those packets.


2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons corn starch
2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
1 + 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt or 1/2 teaspoon fine/table salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Combine all the seasonings together in a jar and shake until well mixed.
  2. Use 2 tablespoons (I use 2 rounded) seasoning mix for every pound of ground beef plus 1/2 - 2/3 cup water.
  3. You can tweak the seasoning to suit your own tastes. I went easy on the salt so you can salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. says

    I love this. I’ve started only using my own taco seasoning after reading the back of a couple packets a few years ago – yikes! There’s some scary stuff in those, including lots of MSG. The cornstarch is not something I’ve used before, but is a good idea!

  2. says

    I have all of these individual spices in my kitchen but still bought seasoning packets because I didn’t have a recipe to do it myself. Now I do! Thanks, Reeni!

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