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Make It Yourself: Homemade Taco Seasoning

Making your own taco seasoning is simple, super yummy, and best of all there is no MSG. It's good to know exactly what is going into your meals.

My recipe for taco seasoning hails from my dad who makes killer tacos. He never measures stuff so I decided to add some measurements into the mix. This taco seasoning works as a great base and you can add more or less of the spices to tweak it to your liking.

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Cumin
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
1 teaspoon Paprika
2 teaspoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

Mix it all up and use immediately or place it in an air-proof container for later use.

Notes: I would normally add 1 Tablespoon of onion powder, but I couldn't find any anywhere and fresh chopped onion would work fine as well.

If you like the taco seasoning less spicy, lessen the amount of cayenne or omit it all together. I personally like less spicyness and more garlic powder and more cumin in my taco seasoning.

Taco Seasoning

To use the taco seasoning to make taco meat:

Brown 2 pounds of ground beef and drain off the excess fat. I would throw in some chopped onions in as well, but if you're an onion hater you and skip this step. Stir in 3-4 tablespoons of the taco seasoning over the meat to taste.

Yum. Let me know if you have any questions!

Talia Christine


  1. this is perfect! i am super bad at making tacos and this might help my problem! will try this out! thanks hun!


  2. hi,
    Thanks for sharing this my wife wanted to make this since 2 weeks she is searching for this and i know she will be happy when i gonna show this post...so its a very useful post me thanks for sharing once again...

  3. mmm mmm! Tacos are my husband and I's favorite food! We had it a taco and fajita buffet at our wedding! ;-) Everyone loved it!!! I will definitely have to try your recipe for seasoning!

  4. @Katy, A taco and fajita buffet is brilliant!!! Yum! Wish I had thought of that.


  5. The hubby and I LOVE tacos, we will totally try this next time!

    P.S. I'm giving away a sweet little headband. Feel free to stop by and enter!

  6. Love your blog!! This sounds yummy, I'll try this next time :)

  7. thanks for this...used the recipe tonight in a pinch since i ran out of my usual stock, remembered seeing this, did a bit of math to make it all at once for one meal and voila...yummy.


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