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?!”

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  1. Barbra says

    Dear Laura,
    I was just wondering if you would recommend that we shake this mixture before using it?

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    Laura Reply:

    Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yes, shaking would be a good idea.

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  2. Jami says

    Sooooo excited about this!!! Can’t wait to try!!! By the way, I also now LOVE jars! You did this to me!!! :)

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  3. Jean says

    Oh Laura you are too funny. I love the idea of making homemade taco seasoning. I make mexican food, so it is nice to know that it will be healthier. How many times do we shake?lol

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  4. says

    lol
    You crack me up!

    Laura- I’ve been hearing some about on a radio program I listen to about sea salt being PINK…looks like you link to some that’s pink….. Does that mean brands like Hains is not real sea salt because its not pink? Just wonderin’ where this “pink” comes in and if its worth paying extra for Hains.
    ;-)

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    Laura Reply:

    The redmonds real sea salt I use is a little bit pink I guess…mostly it is just multicolored – gray and black and another shade of gray…

    Which gives it an appearance of pink I suppose. My understanding is that it is THE BEST QUALITY salt you can get. It comes directly from the sea and is not processed AT ALL. I’m not sure about Hain brand and how it is processed. I haven’t looked into it.

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    Diane Reply:

    I went through a culinary course online and if I recall they showed several different colors of sea salt. I think it depends on where it comes from (location). Some will be higher quality than others but for the type of cooking we do at home I don’t think it matters if you have the super high quality salts. A regular sea salt should be alright. I actually use an iodized sea salt because I don’t want us to neglect the need for iodine for our thyroid health just to have sea salt. I can just imagine that the future of the country is next going to be a bunch of people walking around with goiters because they all use sea salt and are lacking iodine in their diets. lol Hope this helped.

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  5. Danielle says

    Hmmm I always season my meat when I dump it in the pan.

    Laura, I’ve been looking for jars. My local grocery store HAS jars, but only regular plastic lids, I wanted the wide mouth jars.

    What have you done to me? lol First I’m making bread, then last week, I went to the Christmas Tree Shop, (high end Dollar Store lol) and I bought TWO GLASS loaf pans ($2.99 each!). Now I’m looking for jars! lol

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  6. says

    I made tacos this week and used up my last packet of seasoning. And I was thinking I should make my own. You read my mind!

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  7. Rachel says

    I am so excited about a homemade taco seasoning! We LOVE tacos at our house, but I hate having to buy a packet of seasoning every time! Thanks! :)

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  8. says

    HEHE!!! :) Shakin!

    As a vegan, I will post that I love homemade taco seasoning on beans for great burritos, and mixes well with Boca crumbles for use on nachos and tacos.
    But my favorite way to use taco seasoning?
    Cheesy Oozy Guacamole Dip recipe found on http://www.thekindlife.com

    super yummy!

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  9. Vienna says

    Dear Jar Sister,
    I’m so glad I’ve found you. You seem to know exactly what I need when I need it. I spent $2.99 on a package of organic taco seasoning last week and said “NEVAH AGAIN!” Thank!

    Blessings

    V (homeschooling mom of 4 who is a recovering pepsi-oholic and refuses to admit to her jar problem)

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  10. Mrs Team S says

    Shake, shake, Baby!

    I love it Laura! You are hilarious! You are also a HUGE blessing to our family. Thank you for your posts and your humor. You make me smile! :)

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  11. Sheltie_Momma says

    I shall be making taco seasoning. I checked out the back of my current taco seasoning, ummm I can’t pronounce any of it! Thank you!

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  12. Mary says

    You are too funny. What I imagined was hundreds of woman who stood up from the computers so they could shake as you instructed them. :-)

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  13. Kelly says

    I’ve been making my own taco seasoning for a couple of years. So much better than the packets that I use to think I loved. I add black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and a little corn starch to mine though. Adds a little extra heat and helps to thicken the sauce a bit.

    Now I’m in the mood for tacos! :)

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  14. Teresa says

    How long do you think it would last on the shelf? We don’t use a lot of taco seasoning, and that looks like a lot in that jar! :)

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t know why this wouldn’t last for a long, long time (months and months!). And…the jar in the picture is a DOUBLED recipe…I made twice as much, so that is what is in the picture!

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  15. Jana says

    Thanks for the dry mix recipes. I have been making my own mixes since I got a dehydrator last year and hadn’t found a good taco seasoning recipes that I really liked.

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  16. says

    LOL, you are so funny!
    Thanks for this recipe. Last time I used store bought packets, I looked in the back and it has so much sodium and other junk stuff! I will have to give away the rest of the packets that I have.

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  17. says

    I just had to pop in and share that I used this taco mix tonight for Tex Mex Turkey burgers. YUM! I applied it heavely to mine and the Hubs burgers on both sides and just a little on the boys. Then I mixed in about 1/2 tsp with a few spoonfuls of Mayo and mixed to spread on the toasted buns! They were GREAT burgers! Thanks so much for this recipe. And I bought my first set of canning jars today!!! :)

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  18. Kori says

    Just an FYI. I was looking for this recipe – because I KNEW I had seen it here and need it for tonight. :-) This recipe is not linked up through the recipes tab at the top – at least not under condiments or main dishes. I am excited to make this. I have wasted so much money over the years on taco seasoning packets! So one more change for the better for our house.

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  19. DorthyM says

    Laura,
    Every time I make this mix I’m going to think of you and smile. On taco night in homes that follow the heavenly homemaker, there’s gonna be well, a whole lotta shakin goin on! Apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis. :)

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  20. Lisa says

    Is this recipe spicy hot? Just wondering. I don’t like anything spicy at all so I wanted to check before I make it. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you provide. Made your zucchini bread this weekend and it turned out great.

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    Laura Reply:

    Naw, not too spicy hot at all. My kids can handle it and most of them don’t like spicy food!

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  21. Ann says

    Thanks again for the recipes. My husbands family has a tradition of drawing names and are required to be homemade gifts. I love crafts, but guys can be tough. Food is never a bad thing for guys. (and I’m sure that they secretly like to shake too) I’m giving food baskets this year and have really appreciated all the mixes I’ve found on your site. Thanks again. You have a wonderful sense of humor.

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  22. Angie says

    Would you add water to this like you would a packaged taco seasoning?

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t add water, but you certainly could. I just sprinkle it on the meat once it’s browned and let it simmer a bit.

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  23. Kim says

    Thanks for the recipe! My mom is on a GF diet and has said that you can’t be too sure of what is added to any mixed spices, including taco seasoning. Not only is this much cheaper, but I know it’s safe to use when cooking if she comes to visit!

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  24. Missy says

    I finally made a batch of this great taco mix tonight. It was perfect. My husband needs to eat low sodium and this mix has much less than store brands. I reduced the salt to 1/2 a tsp and it was still great. I also like that there are no other mysterious ingredients you can sometimes find in those packets. Thank you!

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  25. Michelle says

    I think that your homemade taco seasoning would make a lovely gift layered in the jar. It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to shake it!

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  26. Linda says

    I. LOVE. your sense of humor!! Seriously. It is way cool, and I am copying these recipes for my husband, who by the way loves to cook. Thank you thank you thank you and did I say thank you?? No? Then THANK YOU!

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  27. Meagen says

    Love your website!! I love jars!! A friend just told me a couple of hours ago and I can’t stop lookin! I’m so excited! Will any jar work do you use a certain kind and certain lid?
    Thank you
    Meagen

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    Laura Reply:

    Any jar will do! :)

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  28. says

    Thanks for your recipes.. YES jars are required for lots of things..I store spices I get at from the Asian market (in baggies in them they stay fresh longer…) plus you can see what is in the jar. I use mason jars for storing just about anything including soups that I just made as well as my morning shakes…:O) They freeze well too…

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  29. Cindra says

    Thanks for the recipe. Just made it, and will try it tonight!

    Just adding my 2 cents on jars (not for canning, but for storing): I save Trader Joe’s 10oz. fruit spread jars (I have tons) for homemade salad dressings, and for my freshly squeezed lemon for my water, etc. I also use used baby jars for my homemade coconut oil/aloe vera gel face/body lotion mixture [from Eat Fat, Lose Fat, by Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon]:).

    I hope to learn canning (with mason jars) this summer.

    Thank you for your wonder & helpful website! Blessings!

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  30. Brooke says

    Laura, I love finding new recipes of yours and reading the instructions you write. LOL! thanks for keeping us laughing :)

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  31. Brooke says

    Laura, What chili powder do you use? Ancho Chili powder? I was looking up some and that seems to be a more mild powder (which I like). What’s you’re experience been with this?

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    Laura Reply:

    I guess I’m not sure. I just have a container of “organic chili powder” that I use. Not sure what exactly it is!! :)

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  32. says

    Really hate packaged products. So thankful for your site. I use more and more recipes off of here weekly. Just found the taco seasoning one. Have stopped having taco related items cause I refuse to buy the packages of seasoning. Very excited to find this. Today, I am making zucchini boats stuffed with taco meat (ground chicken and this taco seasoning) going to add some fresh chopped tomatoes as well…YUMMY…getting hungry just thinking of dinner and it is only 10:30 am here

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  33. Laura A says

    I’ve been using this for everything! I put it in my rice while cooking to make rice and beans, I put it into tomato sauce to make red enchilada sauce, inside my meat mix for Mexican mini-meatloaves, who knows what next. I love this mix!

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  34. Jennifer says

    Being very discriminating, I picked up on your hint to shake the jar. However, I am wondering- is the mix in your photo properly shaken? The reason I ask is that my finished mix is much redder in color than yours- if that makes sense? I am worried that I got my proportions wrong. Or did the flash just wash the color out of yours? Thanks for a great homemade version!

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    Laura Reply:

    Mine had been sitting a while when I took that picture – when I scoop it out to use it, it does look much more red than what is pictured here. I’m sure yours is just fine!

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  35. Lindy says

    My husband is on a low sodium diet, thanks for these mixes. We can still have the taste and control the sodium. Thankz

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  36. bev says

    How much seasoning would you use for 1 pound of meat, water?

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    Laura Reply:

    I usually use 3 Tablespoons of seasoning in one pound of meat. I don’t usually add water, so I’m not sure how much water to advise.

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  37. Sarah says

    Is there a recipe for homemade chili seasoning? I searched for it on this site, and it only brought up the taco seasoning.

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    Laura Reply:

    I don’t yet have a recipe for chili seasoning. :)

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