Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is extremely easy to make and helps to save money! Once you have all the spices, it is easy to mix up a small batch or increase the recipe to have a large batch on hand for when you need it!

glass jar with homemade taco seasoning with a close up of the seasoning in a tablespoon

When you purchase taco seasoning in the packet, there can be additives to the seasoning and other anti-clumping agents. Is the extra items in the seasoning worth it??

It is so easy to make your own seasoning at home and you know exactly what is in the mix. No hidden surprises that are labeled as “Natural Flavoring” or “Other Spices”.

Just a few ingredients

  • Ground Cumin
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

If you do not have Kosher Salt, you can substitute it with Sea Salt.

If you plan on using table salt, you will need to use half the measurement of Kosher salt.

How to Store Homemade Taco Seasoning

Once you mix up the spices, store the taco seasoning in an air-tight container. I like using a small glass jar.

How to use Homemade Taco Seasoning

To use the taco seasoning for taco meat, brown 1 pound of ground beef. After the beef has been cooked, drained, and returned to the skillet, add 2 tablespoons of seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated or absorbed into the meat.

How much Homemade Taco Seasoning is equal to 1 packet of store-bought

Two (2) tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning is the same as 1 store-bought packet.

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is extremely easy to make and helps to save money! It is easy to mix up a small batch or increase the recipe for a large batch!
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glass jar with taco seasoning with a close up of the seasoning in a tablespoon
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or glass jar, stir all ingredients together.
  • Store in an air-tight container.

Notes

I usually give the seasoning a stir before using, if it has been sitting for a while.
To use for taco meat: brown 1 pound of ground beef. After the beef has been cooked, drained, and returned to the skillet, add 2 tablespoons of seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated or absorbed into the meat.
2 tablespoons of taco seasoning = 1 packet of taco seasoning
Servings: 6 Tablespoons
Author: Midwestern Moms

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