Sauces and Spices

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is so much better than store bought packets!

What’s in those little packets anyway? Preservatives, fillers, MSG and artificial flavors are just a few ingredients that come to mind right away. Even natural flavors are questionable because they can consist of 50-100 undisclosed ingredients. No thank you. I believe that if you have a stocked pantry, you can pretty much make anything that you would typically buy packaged at the store.

I’ve been making this seasoning for longer than I can remember…it’s not only healthier and full of flavor, but it will save you a lot of money and time too. It takes less than five minutes to mix the spices together for this versatile seasoning. It can be used in so many ways- not just on Taco Tuesday! Add it to chicken fajitas, refried beans, soups, make your own enchilada sauce or even a taco dip. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll never go back to a packet again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder, onion powder and oregano
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


    1. Mix all the spices together in a small bowl
    2. Cook and drain 1lb of ground beef. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, then add in the spice mix. Mix well on low-medium heat until absorbed.
    3. If you do not use the mix right away, store in an air tight container.
    4. This amount replaces 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. If you double or triple the recipe, use 2 tablespoons per pound of meat.



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