Homemade Taco Seasoning is an easy, homemade taco seasoning that’s perfect with ground beef, chicken, turkey or veggies! 

taco seasoning in white bowl before blending

Last week was a pretty big week.  It was my birthday, but it wasn’t a big birthday like last year so it was nice and mellow.  The biggest deal about last week was that my 16-year old son got his driver’s license the day before my birthday!

I’m super proud of my son but I’m also scared, sad and excited all at once.  I know he’s a good driver, but here in California there are so many people on the road and half of them are looking at their phones.

The other day there was a twenty-something year old girl taking pictures of a rainbow while she was driving on the freeway.  I love rainbows too, but really?

All of this is enough to make me feel old without having a birthday on top of it!

All driving talk aside, it’s time to switch gears (pun intended!) and discuss this Homemade Taco Seasoning.  This taco seasoning is something that you’ll use time and time again, especially if you make Mexican food as much as I do.

Mexican inspired meals are a favorite around here, and I love knowing that I can utilize anything that I have on hand whether it be fish, ground turkey, chicken and an array of fresh veggies.

It’s about time I pooled together all of the spices that I use time and time again and made my own homemade taco seasoning to make things even easier!

homemade taco seasoning in ramekin blended with spoon

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

This DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning couldn’t be easier to make, and I’ll bet that you have all of the ingredients in your spice cabinet already.

You’ll need:

  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • smoked paprika (or regular)
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt

Toss all the spices in a small bowl and stir to combine.  Store in an air tight container in a cool dark place for about 3 months (I’ve personally never had mine that long).

taco seasoning unblended in bowl overhead shot

Customize your Homemade Taco Seasoning

The main reason why I don’t buy pre-made marinades and spice mixes is because they’re too salty.  I like to add just enough salt to accent the flavors, but I don’t want my meals to taste salty.

I only add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to the spice blend because I like more control over the amount of salt in each dish.  Salt is such a personal preference, so use your own discretion when adding salt to your taco seasoning.

The level of heat is another way that you can customize your taco seasoning to your liking.  Use less or more cayenne pepper depending on the level of spiciness that you desire.

homemade taco seasoning blended in ramekin

How much seasoning should I use?

I use roughly 2 tablespoons per every pound or pound and a half of meat or veggies.  Feel free to add more or less depending on your taste!

Is Homemade Taco Seasoning just for tacos?

The great thing about this Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is that it’s for so much more than tacos!  Use it in your enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and so much more!

taco seasoning blended in ramekin with spoonful

This Mexican spice blend is incredibly versatile and is perfect for all the recipes listed below:

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Asparagus Fajitas

Oven Baked Turkey Black Bean Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Yield: About 9 tablespoons

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning in white bowl

Homemade Taco Seasoning is an easy, homemade taco seasoning that's perfect with ground beef, chicken, turkey or veggies!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less or more according to the level of spice that you desire
  • 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste*


  1. Place all spices in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Place the taco seasoning in a small air tight container and store in a cool, dry area for up to 3 months.


  • * I use 1 teaspoon of salt in the seasoning blend as I like to salt the meat or veggies separately to have more control over the level of salt.
  • I normally use 2 tablespoons of the spice blend for every 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. of meat or veggies.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Saturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g


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