Taco Seasoning

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 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.

Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef Tacos

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.

Taco Seasoning Recipe for Taco Tuesday!

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!

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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!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword homemade taco seasoning, taco seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (makes about 4 tbsp)
Calories 44kcal
Author Joanne Ozug fifteenspatulas.com


  • 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

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