Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Make your own taco seasoning at home to use on chicken or ground beef tacos, in taco soup or taco spaghetti! It’s easy to triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the pantry until ready to use. This recipe is mild, gluten free, preservative free and Whole 30 compliant!

Homemade taco seasoning in bowl with spoon

I’ve been making this homemade taco seasoning for years. I use it in Taco Soup, Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Taco Croissants, simple ground beef tacos and so many other recipes!

I always make a big batch to keep on hand, along with my homemade French Onion Dip Mix and Fajita Seasoning (equal parts chili powder, paprika, cumin and sea salt).

The seasoning mixes are stored in half pint mason jars in the pantry, so they’re always ready to use when I need them for a recipe.

Homemade taco seasoning in mason jar on marble cutting board with spoon of taco seasoning

How do you make homemade taco seasoning?

Making homemade taco seasoning is as easy as mixing  8 spices together in a small bowl or mason jar. The spices you’ll need are Garlic PowderOnion PowderChili PowderPaprikaCumin, Oregano, Kosher Salt and Cayenne Pepper.

I like to buy the spices in large bulk containers, either online or at Costco, because it saves money and I know I’ll always have some on hand to mix up my favorite seasoning blends or to refill smaller spice jars.

Homemade taco seasoning with 8 different spices in bowl with spoon

How long does homemade taco seasoning last?

Stored in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, homemade taco seasoning will stay good in the pantry for 2-3 years.

How much taco seasoning do I need for 1 pound of meat?

For every 1 pound of meat, you’ll want to use 2 tablespoons taco seasoning.

A typical seasoning packet found at the grocery store contains 1 oz of taco seasoning, which is equivalent to 2 tablespoons of homemade seasoning.

How do you make taco meat with ground beef?

Brown 1 pound of ground beef, drain any grease, then add 2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water, chicken broth or beef broth. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the taco meat to crispy taco shells or tortillas.

Ground chicken or ground turkey can also be used instead of ground beef.

Homemade taco seasoning in mason jar on marble cutting board with spoon of taco seasoning

Mix up a batch of the homemade seasoning then use it in these delicious recipes throughout the week!

Don’t forget to pin this homemade taco seasoning for later and when you make it, be sure to share a pic on Instagram and tag me @WhitneyBond or use the hashtag #WBRecipes!

Homemade taco seasoning mixed in bowl with spoon
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make your own taco seasoning at home to use on chicken or ground beef tacos, in taco soup or taco spaghetti. It's easy to triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the pantry until ready to use. This recipe is mild, gluten free, preservative free and Whole 30 compliant!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 7 tbsp taco seasoning
Calories 20 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl or mason jar.

  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Make your own taco seasoning at home to use on chicken or ground beef tacos, in taco soup or taco spaghetti It's easy to triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar in the pantry until ready to use. This recipe is mild, gluten free, preservative free and Whole 30 compliant! #tacoseasoning #homemade #glutenfree #easy #whole30 #recipe