This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and tastier than store bought! It’s easy to make with spices you already have in your pantry.
Why buy taco seasoning in a package when you can make your own?! This homemade taco seasoning recipe uses basic spices you probably already have in your pantry, and you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. Once you learn how to do this, you’ll never get store bought again!
One of the biggest reasons I make my own taco seasoning is that I can tweak the balance of flavors. The recipe below produces a blend that I love—it’s delicious and smoky with a subtle kick of heat. Once you’ve done this, feel free to adjust it to suit your taste. Want more smoker? Go heavy on the paprika. All about that spice? Add more chili. You have complete control with this DIY recipe.
How to Make Taco Seasoning
This recipe requires 9 simple ingredients:
- Chili powder
- Ground cumin
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Dried oregano
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- And sea salt!
Making it is as simple as adding these spices to a small bowl or Mason jar and stirring to combine. Adjust the balance of flavors to taste!
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning
This DIY taco seasoning is a great way to infuse flavor into all kinds of homemade food. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
How do you like to use this delicious spice mix? Let me know in the comments!
How to Store Taco Seasoning
Store the homemade spice blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
The recipe yields a modest amount, about 2 tablespoons, but you can easily scale it up to make a large batch. Keep it on hand to spice up whatever you’re cooking!
How much DIY seasoning is equivalent to a store-bought packet?
Want to use this DIY spice blend instead of a store-bought spice packet? No problem!
This recipe yields about 2 tablespoons, which is about the same amount as most packets of store-bought taco seasoning mix. Use it as a 1:1 sub for a packet of taco seasoning in your favorite Mexican and Tex Mex recipes.
More Homemade Spice Blends
Want to make more DIY spice blends at home? Try one of these easy recipes next:
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and tastier than store bought! Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt.
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Yield: About 2 tablespoons