Homemade Taco Seasoning

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This homemade taco seasoning replaces the expensive store bought packets with common spices. Great to have on-hand for so many recipes!

spices separated in piles on a wooden cutting board

Once you start making taco seasoning from scratch, you’ll never buy another packet from the store!

It’s seriously so much cheaper and less preservatives to just keep a small mason jar of this in the pantry!

And who doesn’t want a recipe like this:

  • can be put together in just a couple minutes
  • lasts for months
  • can be used in tons of different recipes
  • is so cheap to make!

I could just hit my head against a wall thinking of how many times as a young adult, I skipped a recipe I wanted to make just because I didn’t have a packet of taco seasoning. I’m pretty positive, I had all these individual spices, but I just never thought to put them together into my own homemade taco seasoning!

Now that I have, I don’t plan on ever going back!

What is in Taco Seasoning?

You only need these 8 common spices to put a batch of this together:

  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper

Chili powder and cumin are the over-riding flavors, but each of them still play a part in making this come together into the taco seasoning you know and love!

Mix them all together and store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use!

spices mixed together on a wooden cutting board with a spoon

How Much is in a Packet of Taco Seasoning?

One packet of taco seasoning is usually about 1 ounce or the equivalent of 2 tablespoons.

It’s enough for about 1-2 pounds of meat depending on the type of meat and how strong you like your flavoring.

For something like ground beef that you want to turn into taco meat, you will need 3/4 cup of water added when you add the taco seasoning.

How Can You Use Taco Seasoning?

  • with ground beef for taco meat or walking tacos
  • shrimp
  • pork tenderloins
  • ground turkey for healthier tacos
  • mix with cream cheese for a taco dip
  • mix with a can of refried beans for an extra kick

spices separated in piles on a wooden cutting board

spices mixed together on a wooden cutting board with a spoon
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning replaces the expensive store bought packets with common spices. Great to have on-hand for so many recipes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade taco seasoning
Servings: 4
Calories: 94kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Instructions

  • All all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine well. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag until ready to use.

Notes

2 tablespoons equals one packet of taco seasoning.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1692mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6317IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 9mg

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