Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Save money by making your own taco seasoning mix.  It is SO easy!  And healthy!  And you can put it in a jar (my favorite part)!  Actually, even if you don’t have a jar obsession like I do, I recommend putting this mix in a jar as the flavors are strong and will absorb into a plastic container, or mingle with other items it may be sitting beside in your pantry.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon sea salt

Put all ingredients into a jar and shake!

Um, after you put a lid on…then shake.  The jar.  Shake the jar.  With the lid securely on the jar.

Taco Seasoing Mix

Three Tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix is equal to one 4-ounce package of taco seasoning mix.  I would recommend adding 3 Tablespoons of mix to one pound of browned ground meat for tacos.

I would also recommend shaking again before each use to make sure the spices are well distributed throughout the mix.

The jar.  Shake the jarYou can shake all you want, but if you don’t shake the jar, your spices won’t be distributed evenly.

Just wanted to be sure I made the instructions clear in regard to the shaking.

Great.  I can see it now.  Husbands everywhere will walk into the kitchen and see their wives shaking (boogie down).

He will look questioningly at his wife, smile and say,

“Taco night again?!”

Comments

  1. Nicole says

    Do you use organic spices?
    THANKS!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes I do, but you wouldn’t have to if you don’t have them on hand.

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  2. Kim says

    Laura, can you give measurements if you only wanted to make it for 1 or 2 meals??

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t know exact measurements, but I’d just put in a few shakes of each of the spices after my meat is cooked and call it good!

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  3. Sarah says

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe! My husband is sensitive to MSG and we both find taco seasoning packets too salty. We tried it this evening and we all liked it – even the 19 1/2 month old.

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  4. says

    I LOVE your post here — your personality comes right through!! What a great sense of humor. Your hubby is blessed to have such a fun spouse!

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  5. Kristin says

    I have been looking for a recipe like this. I really am not a huge fan of the packets..I have tried to figure it out on my own but it just didn’t taste right. Thanks a bunch! I enjoyed your shaking instructions!!

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  6. Molly says

    Do you need to add water to this like you do with packets?

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t add water, but you sure could if you want to.

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  7. Heather in Michigan says

    My gluten free family thanks you!!! Who would have thought those packets in the store contain gluten….we can now have real tacks again!

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  8. Heather in Michigan says

    My gluten free family thanks you!!! Who would have thought those packets in the store contain gluten….we can now have real tacos again!

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  9. says

    I just made your taco seasoning but made it smaller and fudged with the spices cause I had different stuff. It was really good. We had it with Santa Fe Mixed Veg. that has black beans and corn, flour tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese and salsa. I found you by googling “homemade taco seasoning”. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Now I’m going to check out what else you have.

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  10. Wendy Hoff says

    May I ask what chili powder you use and where you get it? I’m making my own but it’s almost the same ingredients as the taco seasoning. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I use Simply Organic chili powder from Tropical Traditions (http://tinyurl.com/3z3n3u5). Ingredients are: Organic chili powder, organic cumin, organic oregano, organic coriander, organic garlic, silicon dioxide, organic allspice, organic cloves.

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  11. Bev k says

    Gonna have to try this after we used up the huge container of taco seasoning I bought from Sams

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  12. says

    How long are these spices good for once they are in the jar?

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    Laura Reply:

    I find that they last for several months (unless we use it up first!).

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  13. Jo Wagers says

    I’m just curious if you could recommend a substitute for onions,(powder, minced, etc.) My son is allergic and it seems EVERYTHING contains onion…. I leave it out, but it leaves a lot of things lacking flavor wise.
    Thank you
    Jo

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh wow, that’s a tough one! I don’t know of anything, but hopefully someone else will spot this comment and have a suggestion!

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    Kirsten G. Reply:

    I made this the other day and used it without the onion powder. It didn’t affect the taste at all.

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  14. Kirsten G. says

    I came across you recipe on Pinterest. We go through a lot of taco seasoning so I doubled the recipe. It is great! I really like that it’s mild because the store bought ones are so spicy!
    How much do you use for 1 pound of ground beef?

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    Laura Reply:

    I use 2-3 Tablespoons.

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  15. Susan Huber says

    Hi I was wondering about a post today, it is about food and ordering from costo and amazon; is the yellow tuna that you like so much, mild and the solid white type? I do not like the dark and strong type? And thank you for all the great recipes for real food for people who work!! Thanks, Susan H

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    Laura Reply:

    The tuna I like is yellowfin. It has a mild flavor and the least amount of mercury from the research I’ve done. http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/my-favorite-tuna-is-on-sale-plus-other-great-coupons-i-found

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  16. Janine says

    Am making this seasoning mix right now but wanted to point out that in Australia Chili Powder is well, just chili ! So this mix made to recipe quantities would be a HOT Taco Seasoning.. Thanks

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