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. Sophia says

    I don’t have Mexican oregano, nor sweet or smoked paprika, can I just use regular oregano and regular paprika?

  2. diana gutwig says

    I’m on a strict low sodium diet so I’ve been using the Mrs. Dash packets, which taste the same to me; is the salt that important in this particular recipe? I’ve done many sauces, etc. with no salt at all.

    • says

      Hi Diana! Salt is pretty important in a taco mix – it helps the flavor of the spices come alive. With that said – if you’re used to eating food without salt then this might taste fine to you without it.

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