Best Homemade Taco Seasoning Ever

Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

I am always on the lookout for glass containers that have a good closing lid and I use these for homemade spice mixes.  One of my favorites is pictured with a wide opening for measuring spoons. Libby is the maker of this one. Just add your own labels and your good to go.

I usually have 4 or more empty ones for when I come up with inventions of my own. Why pay for spice combinations when you can make your own with what you have already on your shelf? More of my combinations will be added so be sure to come back often and see what else you can make.

No need to read the label like those package premade spices, you already know what you placed in them. No artificial flavorings, dyes, or thickeners. Want more heat?? Add more cayenne pepper, chili powder, or coriander but taste as you go these spices in small amounts will add a lot more kick than you think. The important thing is YOU are in control here when making your own seasoning, you can control how much salt or other ingredients you use and according to your own diet restrictions or tastes at a much lower cost.

This spice combination is always available in my drawer for making shredded chicken or beef tacos.  Excellent for taco salads or dips as well. Small amounts of this spice will go a long way. For example, I only use 1 ½ Tbl. for my taco salad mix.  Also the flavor enhances the longer it blends with the foods you are making.  I have even used some of this in my Homemade Barbeque Sauce which adds that little extra something or when I add it to my Homemade Meat Rub it pops with flavor.

Trust me, after you try this one, you will never go back to those packaged premade taco type seasonings ever again.


The amounts below will make just under ½ cup of this seasoning. You can double or triple this recipe and have it always on hand.
You are going to want to taste this as you use it when preparing foods, small amounts are needed compared to premade types. Start out with a Tablespoon and add from there.

Special note:
I use the Hungarian Paprika since this type has a better flavor and higher heat then the other brands available “I highly recommend finding this if you can” if you cannot find this brand then add ½ Tablespoon more of the milder types and according to your own tastes.  “Remember” you are in control, make it your own

Place all measured amounts of seasonings in a bowl – mix with a whisk thoroughly and you have the Best Taco Seasoning Ever – I use a small funnel or piece of parchment paper rolled into a tube to pour in my spice containers.

  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp. Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp. Cumin
  • ½ Tsp. Ground Oregano
  • ½ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Coriander
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Hungarian Paprika

4 comments for “Best Homemade Taco Seasoning Ever

  1. Miki
    February 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hi Gretchen, It has more Heat 🙂 If you do not have it available to you then add ½ Tablespoon more of the milder types and according to your own tastes.

  2. February 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Ok Im making this!
    Chris wants to switch up his power meals, so I told him I would make a Low or NO Sodium Taco Seasoning and he can start eating ground turkey taco salads with rice!
    PS- whats the difference with Hungarian Paprika?

  3. Miki
    November 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Thanks Joseph you will absolutely love this recipe. Cant wait to hear how you used it.

  4. November 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, this looks like a great recipe. It sure is going to save me money no longer needing to buy those packets from the store. Thanks for the great recipe.

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