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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Skip the store-bought packets of taco seasoning and make your own at home with this simple recipe full of spices you probably already have on hand.

Mason jar of taco seasoning with measuring spoon.

Don’t you hate when you to make tacos and realize you don’t have any taco seasoning on hand? This happened too many times to count so I started just adding whatever spices I had on hand.

Once I started making my own taco seasoning, I never looked back! My spice cabinet is already stocked with all these ingredients. I just add them all to a small mason jar (or your could use a reusable spice jar) and shake.

When I’m making tacos, I just sprinkle on to my protein and veggies for flavor. No need to do that whole “add water and simmer” step either.

Ingredients for taco seasoning in individual bowls.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Dried oregano 
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
Open mason jar of taco seasoning with measuring spoon.

How to Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Making your own taco seasoning is so simple to do. Just combine your spices in a jar, shake well and store until you’re ready to use.

How long does taco seasoning last?

We store ours in a mason jar with an airtight seal and it usually lasts up to a year (we tend to go through it much quicker though – tacos are a regular staple in our meal plan).

How much homemade taco seasoning equals one packet?

Store-bought taco seasoning packets usually contain about 2 Tbsp. of seasoning. This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of seasoning so you’ll have plenty for upcoming taco nights.

Mason jar of taco seasoning with measuring spoon.

Taco Recipes to Try:

Mason jar of taco seasoning with measuring spoon.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Skip the store-bought packets of taco seasoning and make your own at home with this simple recipe full of spices you probably already have on hand.

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Store in airtight container until
    ready to use.

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Amanda Keefer

About the Author

Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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