Homemade Taco Seasoning

Tacos are one of our favorite easy dinners. It's quick & easy to make - making it perfect for a weeknight dinner. Instead of using a prepackaged taco seasoning mix I like to make our own homemade taco seasoning with simple spices and herbs that you probably have in your own kitchen.

Making your own seasoning mixes is very easy (and less expensive). Here's a simple recipe for making your own homemade taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is such a quick and easy thing to make. I used to make it one batch at a time, as we needed it. But recently I started making a larger batch so I didn't have to mix it up every time. We've also discovered that taco meat made with ground beef can be used for lots more than just tacos! 

What you'll need:

Want to mix up your own batch of homemade taco seasoning? You'll need salt & pepper, 6 other spices from your spice cabinet, and a small mason jar to hold your homemade mix.

  • Chili powder

  • Dried oregano

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Garlic powder

  • Paprika

  • Cumin

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Cornstarch (optional)

All you need to do is add the spices to your jar, including the cornstarch (if you're using it - it adds a bit of thickness if you like your meat a bit 'saucy'), put the cover on, and give it a good shake. To use - simply add 2-3 tablespoons per pound of cooked ground meat, along with 2/3 cup water, just like you would a packet of taco seasoning.

I've even used this to cook up a big batch of taco meat in the crockpot - perfect for filling your freezer! We love using taco meat as the base for a variety of casseroles and taco soup - check below for some fabulous ideas!

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe


  • 1/2 cup chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (can add more for extra heat)

  • 1 heaping tablespoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup cumin

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons pepper

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, optional


  1. Combine the chili powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cornstarch in a 2-cup mason jar. Put on the lid and shake well.

  2. To use: Add 2-3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water to a pan of cooked ground beef. Simmer over medium heat until water is almost completely absorbed, stirring often.

Tonia L

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