Beef tacos made with homemade taco seasoning mix

This Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Puts that Packet of Stuff to Shame!

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Do you love tacos like I love tacos? I could eat them every day if it weren’t for the high-sodium in those packets of seasoning blends. So, that’s why I came up with a homemade taco seasoning mix. It tastes fresher, too, and you can adjust the spices to your family’s preferences.

This recipe is enough to season 4 pounds of ground beef or turkey. I store the rest in an air-tight container in the pantry. Below the recipe, you’ll see some of my other favorite uses for my DIY taco mix.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Ways to Use Homemade taco Seasoning

Psst…This mix is the secret to my 3-ingredient Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork!

Easy Bean Dip Recipe

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 can of refried beans, 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning mix, and 2 tablespoons of salsa. Stir frequently until warm and transfer to a bow. Garnish with chopped green onions, shredded cheese, and sliced jalapeños if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Taco-Flavored Potato Chips

Preheat the oven to 400°. Slice a potato thinly and toss the slices with 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and bake until the edges begin to turn golden — about 5 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 3-5 minutes until they’re crispy. Remove from oven and immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Quick Taco Soup Recipe

Cook 1 lb. ground beef and 1 onion, chopped, in the bottom of a large stock pan. Add 3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning, 2 cans of diced tomatoes (undrained), 1 cup frozen corn kernels, 1 cup black beans, and 1/4 cup chopped green chiles. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add additional taco seasoning to taste. Serve garnished with crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, and a wedge of lime.

Quick and Healthy Taco Salad Recipe

On a plate, layer 2 cups of torn lettuce and top with 2 tablespoons each of corn kernels, black beans, sliced black olives, and minced green onions. (Optional: add strips of cooked chicken or other leftover protein.) Make a taco dressing by combining 2 tablespoons salsa, 1 teaspoon homemade taco seasoning, and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Beef tacos made with homemade taco seasoning mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

This easy homemade taco seasoning mix recipe delivers all the taqueria flavor you love, fresh from your spice rack.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 pounds of taco meat
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Katie Berry
Course: Seasoning Mix
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: seasoning mix


  • Measuring spoons
  • A jar with a lid


  • cup chili powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup masa harina (maize flour) or corn meal


  • Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Store in a cool, dry place.
  • For beef tacos, cook 1 lb. of ground beef until almost done. Add 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning mix. Stir well and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.


Nutritional information is for one-fourth of the seasoning mix and does not include calories for whatever meat you decide to use.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 1881mg | Potassium: 664mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7092IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 6mg
Did you try this?Let me know how it was!

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