This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and tastier than store-bought! It’s easy to make with spices you already have in your pantry.
Why buy taco seasoning in a packet when you can make your own too?! This homemade taco seasoning recipe uses basic seasonings you probably already have in your pantry and you can whip it together in under 5 minutes. Once you learn how to make it, you’ll never get the store-bought stuff again!
One of the main reasons I make my own taco seasoning is so I can tweak the flavor balance. The recipe below makes a blend I love – it’s hearty and smoky with a subtle hint of spiciness. If you prepare it, do not hesitate to adapt it to your taste. Would you like it smokier? Eat lots of peppers. All about this spice? Add more chili powder. This DIY recipe puts you in complete control.
How to prepare taco seasoning
This recipe calls for 9 simple ingredients:
- chili powder
- Ground cumin
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- Smoked Peppers
- Dried oregano
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- And sea salt!
It’s easy to prepare: Place these spices in a small bowl or mason jar and stir. Adjust the flavor balance to your liking!
The full recipe with measurements is below.
How to use homemade taco seasoning
This DIY taco seasoning is a great way to enhance the flavor of all kinds of homemade dishes. Here are some of my favorite uses:
What is your favorite way to use this delicious spice mix? Let me know in the comments!
How to store taco seasoning
Store this homemade spice mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
The recipe calls for a modest amount, about 2 tablespoons, but you can easily increase the amount to a large amount. Keep it handy to spice up whatever you cook!
How much DIY seasoning is the equivalent of a store-bought pack?
Want to use this DIY spice mix instead of a store-bought spice pack? No problem!
This recipe makes about 2 tablespoons, which is about the amount in most store-bought bags of taco seasoning. Use as a 1:1 substitute for a packet of taco seasoning in your favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes.
More homemade spice blends
Want to make more DIY spice mixes at home? Next, try one of these easy recipes:
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and tastier than store-bought! Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt.
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Yield: About 2 tablespoons