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Homemade Taco Seasoning – Cheap and Easy to Make

Homemade Taco Seasoning – Cheap and Easy to Make

Rather than buy those expensive pouches of taco seasoning, why not make it yourself!

It’s fast and easy using spices you may already have in your cupboard.

I buy my spices from the bulk food store which makes this recipe even less expensive. Buying in bulk also allows you to purchase just enough of a particular spice so you don’t have something you hardly ever use sitting in the cupboard going stale.

For instance, if cayenne isn’t a spice you use on a regular basis, you can buy just enough for this recipe.

And the great thing about making your own seasoning mixes is you get to decide how spicy or how salty. If you like it mild, add less pepper and cayenne. If you like it super hot, try adding some red pepper flakes to the basic recipe.

An added bonus (for me anyway) is there’s no having to check package labels for MSG or gluten to which I have sensitivities.

I’m going to provide you with the basic recipe that makes enough seasoning to flavor 1 lb of ground meat. From there you can make any adjustments for taste that you like.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

In a small bowl combine:

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Quick Tip: Measure all the ingredients into small bowls before mixing everything together.

I know it makes for extra dishes but if I get distracted (it happens more often than I’d like to admit) and then can’t remember how much of a particular spice I’ve measured, it’s easy to re-measure it.

I can’t do that if I’ve been measuring them all into the same bowl.

8 small glass bowls with measured ingredients for homemade Taco Seasoning surrounding an empty small white bowl

Once you’ve measured out all the ingredients, add them to a separate bowl.

8 small empty glass bowls and one small white bowl with all the ingredients for homemade Taco Seasoning

Mix thoroughly.

Small white bowl with ingredients of homemade Taco Seasoning thoroughly mixed together

As mentioned above, this mixture makes enough taco seasoning to flavor one pound of meat.

But I’ll be honest… unless I’ve run out for some reason, I never make it one batch at a time.

If I’m making it just for Dave and I, then I make enough to last for several dishes by multiplying the basic recipe above by 12. I’ve already done the math for you!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix X 12

  • 12 tbsp chili powder
  • 6 tbsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground oregano
  • 1½ tsp cayenne pepper

This recipe will fill 2 half-pint jars.

Two half pint jars filled with Homemade Taco Seasoning with a white bowl and several small glass bowls in the background

When making tacos or burritos, I add 2 tbsp of the mixture per pound of ground meat. If I’m adding it to my Southwest Chili, I use a little bit more.

I also keep our children stocked up with jars of homemade taco seasoning. When one of them tells me that they’re running low, I make a super huge batch.

This requires a special trip to the bulk food store to top up the containers I always have on hand as well as to pick up extra chili powder, cumin and paprika that the recipe uses the most of.

Bags and containers of spices to make homemade Taco Seasoning

For these large batches especially, make sure to measure into a separate bowl before adding to a large mixing bowl.

Large bowl of all the ingredients for homemade Taco Seasoning for making a large batch

Large bowl with whisk mixing the ingredients for homemade Taco Seasoning

Once again, I’ve done the math for you.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix X 24

  • 24 tbsp chili powder (1½ cups)
  • 12 tbsp ground cumin (¾ c)
  • 8 tbsp coarse sea salt (½ c)
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 4 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp ground oregano
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper

As you can see, the basic recipe multiplied by 24 will fill 4 half pint jars.

Large empty bowl and 4 half pint jars of homemade Taco Seasoning with labels on the lids

Once you start making your own seasoning mixes, you’ll never have to or want to go back to buying the expensive packets at the store.

Now that you know how easy it is, you may also like to make your own Homemade Italian Seasoning.




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Collage photo of spices in small bowls with small white bowl in the center and close up of small white bowl after the spices have been added and mixed




This post originally appeared on Super Mom – No Cape in July 2008. It has been updated with all new photos and the addition of measurements for larger batches of Homemade Taco Seasoning.

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  • Mary
    February 22, 2018 11:01 pm

    I think I need to find a bulk food store! That sounds so practical as well as delicious. We had tacos for dinner tonight.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      February 27, 2018 3:27 pm

      If you don’t have a bulk food store in your area, Mary, you could try ordering bulk from Amazon and then sharing any excess with family and friends. Costco might also be a good option for larger containers of spices.

  • Carol
    February 22, 2018 7:29 pm

    I agree making your own combinations and buying in bulk are definitely the way to go. Pinned and shared.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      February 27, 2018 2:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Carol. It’s so nice to have homemade spice mixes on hand and not having to add them to the grocery list each time I want to make something. And thank you for pinning and sharing!

  • TheBargainBabe
    July 11, 2008 2:58 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Donielle @ Raising Peanuts
    July 11, 2008 2:06 pm

    I haven’t used store bought seasoning in months! I’ll have to give this recipe a try next time.

  • Angela
    July 11, 2008 1:07 pm

    I just seasoned a batch of ground beef for tacos tonight – and used a homemade recipe. GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

  • Elizabeth
    July 11, 2008 11:36 am

    I have been hoping to find a taco seasoning that’s GFCF for my little man and this is it!! Thank you for posting this!!!

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