Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

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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.

Four stuffed homemade tacos in crunchy hard corn shells on a wood cutting with a sliced lime in the background.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make! I like the ability to control the amount of sodium since those store-bought packets use too much. Also, by making your own, you can adjust the spices to your family’s taste preferences. For instance, we love cumin, so I tend to add even more. If we’re entertaining adults for dinner, I bump up the chili powder. But when I’m 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.

Other Ways to Use Taco Seasoning Mix

Here are some other ways to use your homemade taco seasoning mix.

Easy Bean Dip Recipe

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 can refried beans, 2 tablespoons 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, combined. 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.

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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 diced green chiles. Bring to 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 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.

Taco Seasoning Mix

This easy homemade taco seasoning mix recipe delivers all the taqueria flavor you love, fresh from your spice rack.
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Four crispy tacos made with homemade taco seasoning and served on a wood board
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins


  • cup masa harina
  • 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


  • 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.


NOTE: Nutritional information reflects one-fourth of the homemade taco seasoning recipe. It does not include calories for whatever meat you decide to use.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1881mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7111IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 7mg
Servings: 4 pounds of taco meat
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Katie Berry

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  1. Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} says:

    I absolutely love this my dear!! So simple and so yummy – Mexican food holds a very special place in my heart… err, stomach!?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I love Mexican food, too!

  2. Wow. This is great! This probably has less salt then the store bought brand too. Thank-you!!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I don’t know how much less sodium it has as written, but you could definitely lower it by using low-sodium beef granules. I regularly use Nu Salt for part of the seasoning salt, then up the cumin and chili pepper because I love those two flavors so much.

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    I’ve had homemade taco seasoning pinned on pinterest for ages, because we love tacos, too, but i do NOT like the icky preservatives + stuff in store-bought seasoning. thanks for reminding me that i need to get my rear in gear + make some soon!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Just call me Jiminy Cricket!