Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Making your own taco seasoning mix recipe is easy and takes just 5-minutes to put together. This mix works well on beef, chicken, and turkey for tacos.

These spice combinations give you the ability to adjust and make it to your family’s taste. I make 2 versions to make everyone in my house happy, so one is spicy and the other one medium spicy.

You probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry to make this seasoning. Once you make your own homemade taco seasoning mix you won’t want to go back to the premade grocery packages again. It tastes so fresh and there are no added preservatives.

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It’s nice to mix up a bigger batch and keep it in a resealable mason jar. This recipe can be doubled or tripled. Make sure your spices are fresh when you begin for the best results.

If you like it hot, just add more cayenne! Need it more mellow? Cut back on the cayenne and black pepper. If you are watching your sodium just omit the salt. Most packaged taco seasoning mix has a lot of salt and stabilizers included. If you like to eat gluten-free this is a great mix for you, as well.

How to make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Making your own is quick and easy. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar or a bowl. Mix together and store, sealed, in a cool dry place for up to 6-months.

Taco Seasoning Recipe in a white bowl
Taco Seasoning Mix is perfect for tacos

What is in Taco Seasoning Mix?

Feel free to add any additional ingredients but I think this is the best combination of spices:

  • Ground Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Salt and Black Pepper
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix ingredients on spoons
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Great ways to use Taco Seasoning

My favorite way to use this mix is to add it to ground meats, like beef or turkey, or shredded chicken or pork. For every pound of meat add 2-3 tablespoons of the mix after the meat is cooked. I love it on our Turkey Tacos.

This seasoning mix also works well in marinades or as a spice in salad dressing. Try mixing it with olive oil and lime juice for a great taco salad dressing mix. Sprinkle on Spanish rice or on top of your nachos for an added flavor kick.

Turkey tacos in a crunchy shell
Turkey Tacos

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Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Make your own taco seasoning mix with an assortment of common spices, and no artificial ingredients, in just 5 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: condiments, Herbs and Spices, How to, Main Course, Seasonings
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 ounces
Calories: 37kcal
Author: Cyndy


  • 6 tsp cumin, ground
  • 6 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne. or to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, optional


  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well blended.
  • Store in an airtight jar and keep in a cool, dry place.
  • Use 3-4 tablespoons mix for every pound of meat, or to taste. Recipe can be doubled


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2517IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg

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