Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning — it’s better than store-bought!

This recipe makes the equivalent of one packet of commercial taco seasoning mix.  Use it to season ground meat for tacos or as a rub for grilled meat.

Give my recipe a try.  I think you’ll like it. 🙂


Homemade Taco Seasoning

spice blend

Ingredients (Version 1):

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon masa harina (corn flour) (or use cornstarch if you don’t have any corn flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cube chipotle bouillon (optional, but if you add this, decrease salt to 1/2 teaspoon)

Ingredients (Version 2):

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I like using smoked paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Accent (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.  Store in a resealable plastic container or jar.  This mixture keeps for several weeks.
  2. To season 1 pound of ground meat, first brown the meat then add the seasoning mix above.  Stir in 3/4 cup of water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Omit the cayenne pepper, pepper flakes and/or chipotle bouillon if you don’t want your seasoned meat spicy.
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