Store bought taco seasonings are no fiesta. They’re filled with gross ingredients and labels that look like a chemistry textbook. If you’ve been looking to add more real food to your diet, you should try swapping this homemade taco seasoning recipe for those overpriced, small pre-mixed packets.

Homemade taco seasoning is healthier, but it’s also cheaper. Not to mention, you’ll waste less packaging. It’s a win/win/win!

Here’s how you make two tablespoons of taco seasoning — the perfect amount of seasoning to replace those 1.25 ounce packets. Each two tablespoon recipe is enough to season about one pound of meat, so if you’re making two pounds of meat, double the recipe. Three pounds? Triple the recipe, and so on.

Add your new seasoning to these easy homemade enchiladas. Or try this warm and comforting taco soup.

How to make your own taco seasoning

How to make taco seasoning


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


Mix all of the spices together in an airtight jar or container and store until ready to use. It’s that easy!

Note: Of course, the best part of preparing food at home is the ability to customize, so use the above as a guideline. If you prefer spicier food, add more chili powder and pepper. If you like milder food, decrease those amounts. 

Also see, Here’s why we might see a tequila shortage soon.


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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.