Homemade Taco Seasoning

I know what you are going to say “but you can buy it already made, it comes in with the box of taco shells, why would you make it yourself???”  Well the simple answer to this is –  a homemade version means that YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN IT. Next time you are in the supermarket check out the back of a taco seasoning pack (you might be surprised).

Full of ground herbs and spices and no added thickening agents etc.  You can also tailor the taste of your taco seasoning to suit what you family likes, make a large batch for the same price of a couple of serves of buying it already made and the satisfaction from making something yourself.

My whole motto has been “even though we are busy, feeding our family food that is NOT full of “crap” should NOT be sacrificed. Easy, nourishing recipes are in fact quick to make.

This make enough seasoning for about 3 serves.  Go ahead and double, triple etc the recipe and store in an airtight container in the cupboard with your other dried herbs so it’s always on hand.


1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
3 Teaspoons Ground Cummin
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspooons Ground Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder


1. Simply place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.

Store in an airtight container in the cupboard with your other herbs and spices.

To use:


Simply cook off some diced onion in a little olive oil, add some lean beef mince and brown. Sprinkle over about 2-3 tablespoons of the taco seasoning and cook until the aromas are released.

Use the mince in tacos, nachos, burritos.


Use it to coat chicken, fish, or beef pieces before baking or grilling.

What other ways do you use Taco Seasoning?

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4 Responses to Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. Deb September 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I tried this last night! Yum! Was a big hit with the family. I slightly reduced the amount of chilli as we’re not huge fans of it, and there was just enough for a bit of a kick but not too hot. I made a big batch and will definitely be using this in place of the stuff that comes in the box.

    • Amanda September 18, 2014 at 3:50 am #

      That’s so good to hear.

  2. Karen July 22, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    I made this today and it was so yummy in beef tacos. Mr 6 year old loved them too, I can see it’s a very versatile mix. Next up beef nachos!

    • Amanda July 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

      That’s great news Karen. Yes, super versatile and adjustable to your families taste buds.

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