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!
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.
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.
Here are the taco seasoning ingredients I use:
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- dried oregano
- onion powder
- 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!
- 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.
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.
6 Comments on “Taco Seasoning”
Joanne, I made tacos last night and found this recipe yesterday, and I tried it. It was much better than packaged taco seasoning! I appreciate the change in the taco flavoring. Yumolla. Thanks : ) …
That’s so great! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Joanna, the addition of the “serving” ingredient adjustment tool or preference tool is just awesome! Is it new? I am making tacos tonight for Taco Tuesday. I will give this blend a try : ). Thanks. Happy 2020.
Hi Kimberley, it’s been there a while actually! I think it’s hard to know it’s there though, and it’s so useful so I wish it were more obvious. Maybe I’ll communicate that to the plugin developer. Happy new year and happy cooking!
So good! Made a big batch to keep in the pantry.
love having this taco mix recipe, thank you, it’s always nice to know what’s in it and also to be able to put this together without those little packets