Jul 1, 2010

Homemade Taco Seasoning!


Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning!!  Tastes SO much better than anything you can find in the store. (and no extra nasty chemicals!)

I was majorly in the mood for Mexican food last night so at the last minute I decided to make one of my favorites:  Taco Salad!  While I browned the meat/onions and got other things ready, Ryan went to the store to grab a few items that we were missing (like guacamole!!  You just can’t have taco salad without guacamole!)  So he got home and I was ready to add the taco seasoning into the meat, but when I looked in the cabinet where I thought I had some there was nothing there!

Well, no time like the present to learn something new, right?  So I looked around on the web and found this recipe by Allrecipes that had great reviews.  AND, I had all of the major ingredients!  I modified it some, and made a lot of it so that I could have it on hand for the future.

Here’s what I used:

Homemade Taco Seasoning

3 teaspoons of Sea Salt
3 teaspoons of Pepper (I used white pepper instead of black)
1 1/2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of Onion Powder
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons Dried Mexican Oregano Leaves
2 teaspoons Paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons of Ground Cumin
3 Tablespoons of Chili Powder

Optional: 3/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes depending on how spicy you want it (I didn’t use any at all because I’m totally a wimp!)

Mix everything together and you have some amazing homemade taco seasoning that, in my opinion, rivals any brand out there!

(And nope, no fancy labels for me… some masking take and a sharpie work just fine) 🙂

Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning!!  Tastes SO much better than anything you can find in the store. (and no extra nasty chemicals!)

I usually use anywhere between 1-2 Tbsp. of the seasoning mix when I make taco meat.

Super Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning!!  Tastes SO much better than anything you can find in the store. (and no extra nasty chemicals!)

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  1. Sounds good! I will make some of this up and share it with my daughter!

    I have been ordering spices from http://www.thespicehouse.com. You can get the glass shaker jars or get the plastic refill bags at a cheaper price. They have so many to choose from that I have forced myself to place an order of 4-5 jars every few months – otherwise – I could order $100 worth easily in one transaction! I use the snack size baggies to share with my daughter for us both to test out.

  2. Lavonne says:

    WOW!! Thanks for sharing this!!! Hope you don’t mind me sharing with my other friends 🙂

    Thanks also for the awesome job in helping me when you post the “deals”…I have enjoyed following you and reading the posts 🙂

  3. This is the same recipe I use and I love it!!

  4. Wow, I almost have all the ingredients in the house so I will have to try this out. It looks yummy and I just love Taco Salad. I don’t like spicy stuff like you either. I’m originally an easterner so we didn’t grow up eating spicy things. Great post.

  5. Curious, why does it post my gravatar twice? No complaints, just wondering.

  6. Michelle says:

    You didn’t tell us how you think it compared to store bought and if you ended up happy with it?

    • Oh, we were all very happy with it. My husband said it was better than store bought and I think I liked it just as well as store bought (and I felt better about it too b/c I knew exactly what was in it and could pronounce all of the ingredients!) 🙂

      Yeah, I’ll definitely be using this recipe instead of store bought from now on.

  7. Judith Poulos says:

    How much of it do you use …let’s say for 1 pound of ground beef??

    • I would start off with two Tablespoons and see how it smells. I have to confess, I’m not a huge measurements person… I typically cook by what smells right to me. But 2-3 Tablespoons should be good.

  8. Thank you! This has been something I’ve wanted to make on my own for awhile. You saved me a search 🙂

  9. we go through a lot! this well be very helpful!

  10. This sounds coo

  11. that was cool

  12. Thanks for sharing!!! We LOVE Mexican food and I’m always going through those little packs so this would be great!

  13. Thanks for this. My daughter is a vegan and you would be surprised how many of the packets say there may be milk and egg products in them – don’t know why. She love taco seasoning, and now I can make her a bunch 🙂

  14. Cheryl Smith says:

    Is Mexican Oregano different than just plain oregano?

  15. I just bought some tonight for only $.02 with coupons. hehe

  16. For other mix recipes like this and so much more, check out Make a Mix Cookbook. I have to look up the authors and will post that in a minute.

  17. Make A Mix by Karine Eliason


  19. I always make my own now. A lot less sodium in homemade.

  20. How much do you add to your ground beef when making the tacos?

  21. Kim – usually around 1-2 Tbsp I think. LOL, honestly I just shake it out until it looks about right. 🙂

  22. Is this amount for one batch of meat or is it a larger quantity that you measure out a certain portion?

  23. So true!!

  24. Ha! I´m still waiting on the day when Facebook lets us edit status updates. 🙂

    It´s a little redundant for me to say that HOMEMADE taco seasoning tastes where when you make it yourself, lol. Just pretend I left out the “Homemade” 😉

  25. Lol I didn´t even notice until you pointed it out.

  26. Nicolette says:

    I just made this and it tastes amazing. I can tell a huge difference just in the amount of sodium that is in prepackaged. Thank you for the recipe!

  27. Hhow much do you use per pound of ground beef?

  28. How much of it would u use for a pound of meat?

  29. How much water to add?

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