Jar of Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

By Erin Huffstetler | 09/15/2015 | 2 Comments
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Store-bought taco seasoning mix is loaded with sodium, MSG and other additives that you probably don’t want to think about, let alone eat. So, leave those little spice packets at the store, and start making your own. It’s cheaper, healthier and tastier, too. Here’s how.

Big-Batch Taco Seasoning Recipe

This recipe makes one cup of taco seasoning. That’s enough to season five pounds of meat. In my house that would work out to five taco dinners.

Prep Time:

2 mins

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons chili powder (Here’s how to make your own)
3 Tablespoons cumin
1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika
1-1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1-1/2 Tablespoons oregano
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (Here’s how to make your own
1-1/2 teaspoons salt (optional)
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper

What You Do:

Taco Seasoning Spices

Measure out your ingredients.

Mix Taco Spices Together

Mix all the spices together. Go slowly, so you don’t kick up any pepper dust. With all of that chili powder, paprika, crushed red pepper and black pepper that’s a lot of sneeze potential.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Transfer your finished taco seasoning mix to an air-tight container. The recipe has been sized to fit in a half-pint jar, but you’ll probably need to tap the jar on the counter a few times to make room for the last little bit of seasoning.

To Use:

Measure out 3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix for every pound of meat that you want to season.

Customize the Recipe:

My taco seasoning mix is on the mild side, if you prefer more heat, just add more pepper. Watching your sodium intake? Then, cut the amount of salt called for, or skip it all together. One of the great thing about making your own spice mixes is that you can customize them to your needs and tastes.

Free Printable Taco Seasoning Mix Labels

Taco Seasoning Mix with Label

Want to give homemade taco seasoning mix as a gift? Here are free labels that you can use.

Print Taco Seasoning Labels

Printable Taco Seasoning Labels

They’re designed to print on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet printer or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

They’re sized to fit half-pint jars or spice jars. So, if you want to make a big batch of taco seasoning, and divide it up into smaller spice jars for gift giving, you can certainly do that. I keep all of my empty spice jars for this purpose.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Replace store-bought taco seasoning mix with this homemade version that’s cheaper, healthier and tastier.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the spices together. Go slowly, so you don’t kick up any pepper dust.
  2. Transfer your finished taco seasoning mix to an air-tight container. The recipe has been sized to fit in a half-pint jar
  3. To Use: Measure out 3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning mix for every pound of meat that you want to season.

Small-Batch Taco Seasoning Recipe

Need just enough taco seasoning for one meal, or want to try out my taco seasoning mix before you make a bunch of it? This recipe makes three tablespoons, which is enough to flavor one pound of meat.

Ingredients:

3-1/4 teaspoons + 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1-3/4 teaspoons cumin
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

What You Do:

Small Batch Taco Seasoning

Mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Store your taco seasoning in an air-tight container, if you don’t plan to use it right away.

Try This

Taco Pretzels

Use my homemade taco seasoning mix to make these taco pretzels. They’re an easy party recipe or everyday snack.

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Comments

  1. I’ve been making my own taco seasoning for a few yeas now. It is Soooooo much better than the store bought taco seasoning pouches.

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