This easy homemade taco seasoning mix recipe delivers all the taqueria flavor you love, fresh from your spice rack. Try it with your favorite taco meat, and check out the other ways to use taco seasoning, too.
Need a lower-sodium taco mix?
Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make! I like the ability to control the amount of sodium since store-bought packets use too much. Also, you can adjust the spices to your family’s taste preferences by making your own.
For instance, we love cumin, so I tend to add even more. I bump up the chili powder if we’re entertaining adults for dinner. But when serving people who don’t like spice, those things can be adjusted downward, too.
Don’t hesitate to double the recipe. It keeps nicely in an air-tight container in the pantry, so you can always have some on hand to use in tacos or some of the other ideas below.
Taco Seasoning Mix
- Measuring spoons
- A jar with a lid
- Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Store in a cool, dry place.
- To make beef taco meat, add 1 cup water and ¼ cup mix per pound of ground beef and simmer until most of the liquid is cooked away. For chicken tacos, cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-inch strips and toss them with this seasoning mix. Saute, stirring frequently, in 1 tbsp. olive oil until fully cooked, about 7 minutes.
More ways to use it
This mix is the secret to my 3-ingredient Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork. And here are some other ways to use it.
Easy Bean Dip Recipe
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 can of refried beans, 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning, and 2 tablespoons of salsa. Stir frequently until warm and transfer to a bow. Garnish with chopped green onions, shredded cheese, and sliced jalapenos 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 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.