Homemade Taco Meat Seasoning

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Making taco meat seasoning from scratch is so freaking easy, there is no reason not to do it. And the benefits are many. You probably already have all the spices in your cabinet too.

The biggest benefit is that it gives you control. You decide what goes in your mix. No more preservatives, additives, msg, excessive sodium etc.

Of course that’s whats so good about cooking from scratch in general. It’s just plain healthier.

You will also be able to control the heat. The recipe I’m giving you is similar to your basic taco seasoning mix you buy at the store. It’s fairly mild.

You want it spicier? You have options. You can add some crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle powder, or cayenne pepper.

You can also control the sodium and that’s a real plus for some people.

Another great benefit for some people is that making your own taco seasoning is gluten free.

But the best reason to do it? It just plain tastes better than those packaged mixes.

How Long Will It Last?

Just remember that spices tend to last somewhere between 2 and 3 years so it’s important to label your container after you mix up a batch.

I like to use an old glass spice bottle and then throw on an envelope label or even a piece of masking tape if you are cool with that.

Be sure and write what it is and the date. Because if you are like me, you will forget how old it is after 5 months!

Of course that’s not going to happen. This is so tasty you will use it up in no time. Trust me.

Flavor Secret

I have a little flavor secret for you. Just because I’m always trying to sneak in a little extra flavor to my recipes. I like to use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika in this recipe.

It doesn’t make it real smokey but it does give it a little depth. Try it and see what you think.

Many Different Uses

Our taco meat seasoning is not only to make tacos. No siree. Definitely try this first to get your feet wet and then experiment.

You can get creative and use this mix as a rub for steak, chicken and fish.

You can also add it to soup. Try adding it to potatoes coated with olive oil and then roast them in the oven, yum. How about adding it to your scrambled eggs? Mix it into sour cream for a dip?

Point is, just use your imagination. If you come up with some creative ideas, leave a comment below and tell us what you did. We would all love to hear about it.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 2 Tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper


Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine. Store in a glass bottle (preferred) or any air tight container. Label the container and write the name and date.

As a rule of thumb, use 2 to 3 Tbsp. per 1 lb of beef. If you are making tacos, remember to add about 1/2 cup of water when you add the taco meat seasoning to the meat. Just simmer until most of the liquid has cooked out.

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