This is the Homemade Taco Seasoning I keep on hand for whenever I make Ground Beef Tacos. It has tons of flavor, and there are no additives or anti-caking agents in it.

I get the appeal of pre-made seasoning mixes, but I really prefer to make my own. Let us count the reasons!

Taco Seasoning - in gray bowl with Paprika, Garlic Powder, Oregano

The biggest plus for me is that this taco seasoning does not have any salt in it.

I actually can’t stand when seasoning mixes already have salt, because I have no idea how much is in there already, and therefore don’t know how to season my meat accordingly.

Adding a 1/2 tsp of kosher salt per pound of meat is my general rule of thumb for seasoning, and this way I can add however much of the spice I need, knowing I won’t mess up the salt ratio.

Ground Beef Taco Recipe - Served Stuffed Into Hard Shells with Tomatoes, Cheese, and Sour Cream

Like my Fajita Seasoning and Sazon Seasoning mixes, I also like how there are no anti-caking agents, preservatives, or additives.

I get to use my own quality spices, and I also get to change up the ratios to suit my tastes.

I highly encourage you to try this as written first, then play with it too.

Beef Taco Seasoning - in White Bowl with Teaspoon

Here are the taco seasoning ingredients I use:

  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • dried oregano
  • onion powder
  • coriander
  • cayenne pepper

Don’t want it too spicy? Take the cayenne out. 

Want a more smoky flavor? Swap in some smoked paprika for the regular.

Occasionally I’ll even add some ground chipotle in there too, because I love chipotle with beef and the flavors go so well.

There are tons of options for tweaking. 

Once made, you can store the taco seasoning in a spice jar like this one (affiliate), or you can even just keep it in a plastic bag, for at least 6 months. Enjoy!

Beef Taco Seasoning in White Bowl on Wooden Board

Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to mix together with staples from the pantry, and is free of anti-caking agents and additives. It's perfect for quick ground beef tacos!

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  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • .5 tsp garlic powder
  • .5 tsp dried oregano
  • .25 tsp onion powder
  • .25 tsp ground coriander
  • .25 tsp cayenne pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The spices will keep well for at least 6 months.


This makes about 4 tbsp, and I typically use 2 tbsp of taco seasoning for every pound of ground beef. Feel free to scale the recipe to make a larger batch. There is a slider in the recipe box where you can adjust the servings and it will automatically scale the amounts for you.


Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 249mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3355IU, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 3.7mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

This Whole30 taco seasoning is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.