Simple Taco Seasoning (from Scratch)

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Simple Taco Seasoning made with just 5 ingredients.

Tacos are a crowd pleaser around here and a frequent flyer in my meal plans. Taco Tuesday equals happy children and clean plates, and (therefore) happy parents. Plus, tacos are quick to put together and easy to add vegetables to. I *used* to be chronic taco-kit purchaser until that time I accidentally grabbed the package of JUST taco shells instead of the dinner kit. What a bummer when I discovered there was no taco seasoning pack in the box when I went to make dinner.

Simple taco seasoning homemade with just five ingredients is our family's favorite.
Side note: Those spice jars are pretty lovely, aren’t they?

That night, I googled “DIY Taco Seasoning” and made my own taco mix and guess what? It’s super easy. It took a little trial and error to get a recipe we all liked… some were too spicey for my family’s sensitive taste buds, others were too salty and left us thirsty all night, but finally, I’ve done it and I’m sharing it with you!

Why Homemade?

While making your own taco seasoning mix might not save you a ton of money (pre-made seasoning packets are just $1-2), it allows you to adjust the spices to your liking and you can skip the fillers and chemicals that are in those packets.

Since I’ve started making my taco seasoning mix, I’ve stopped purchasing taco kits and, instead, serve taco salad (lettuce, taco meat, and with chips crushed on top — plus whatever other salad-appropriate veggies I find in the fridge). It’s a healthier alternative to traditional tacos and helps us incorporate more vegetables in our diet.

This simple taco seasoning homemade only uses five spices and is our family's favorite.

My taco seasoning recipe uses just five spices, and I usually triple or quadruple the recipe and store it in a spice jar for easier dinner preparation. If your family is braver than mine and likes tacos with a kick, add some Mexican Hot Chili Powder or Cayenne Pepper.

Taco Seasoning Homemade

Simple Taco Seasoning

Melissa Corriveau
This simple, family-friendly taco seasoning uses just five ingredients and tastes great!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1


  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring well to mix.
  • To use, brown 1 lb of ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken. Drain excess fat. Sprinkle with seasoning mixture, add ⅔ cup water and stir. Cook over medium heat until water is absorbed.


Quadruple recipe for later use. 
Add spicier spices for a kick. 
Keyword Taco Seasoning

We use this recipe weekly for our tacos, but it can be used for any recipe that calls for taco seasoning. We recently made a cheesy enchilada skillet, and it was perfect in there! If you try it out, I’d love to know! Drop a comment below!

8 thoughts on “Simple Taco Seasoning (from Scratch)”

  1. If you you make a big batch what amount do you put in with one pound? Or do you just add however much you think looks good?

    1. A little from column A, a little from column B… haha!

      I would say 1.5 T per pound, but it’s pretty forgiving. It can be harder to tell with this seasoning, too, compared to the ones in stores bc there’s no artificial coloring!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe saved the day! I was out of packaged taco seasoning and I was almost done making my tacos…this is easy and so very good! Hubby said it had the right amount of spice! Thank you for the recipe! Never ever buying store bought seasonings again!

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