Homemade Taco Seasoning

In case you didn’t know, Adam LOVES tacos, or rather taco meat.  He would be a happy camper if taco meat were an option for every meal.  He’d probably be excited to eat whatever was for dinner, but then finish it off with taco meat and blue corn tortilla chips.

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I was so excited to try to make some homemade taco seasoning.  Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of those seasoning packets?  Half of the ingredients aren’t even spices – maltodextrin – what is that!?  If you don’t recognize any of the words on an ingredients list, it is most definitely not good for you.  I’ve looked up maltodextrin several times and I still don’t understand what it is!

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Packets of taco seasoning have a lot of sodium too.  In their defense, they are quick and convenient, and they add a lot of flavor.  However homemade taco seasoning can also be quick, convenient, and flavorful.  I made a bunch of it, used it for dinner, and then stored the rest to use later.


  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


Mix all ingredients together.  Store in an air-tight container.

Adam suggests using a generous 1 1/2 Tbs taco seasoning with 1/3 cup water for each pound of ground beef.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Something I’ve done with taco seasoning besides ground beef:

Season vegetables with it in a burrito or taco

Season quinoa – Mexican Quinoa Salad (coming soon)

Because this is homemade, it is so easy to adjust to your tastes 🙂

Servings 3 (1 1/2 T size servings)

Prep Time: 5 minutes active

Adapted from Allrecipes.com


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3 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. […] Homemade Taco Seasoning.  It added the perfect amount of punch without overwhelming my taste buds.  Gotta say, this […]

  2. JoyLynn Mello April 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting this! My boys love tacos, and I am really happy to get away from using the store-bought mystery packet and just take a few minutes to mix it up myself. It is so easy – and so much better for us all!

  3. […] Tbsp taco seasoning or 1 packet store-bought taco […]

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