Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

I’m at church camp this week, loving life, swatting bugs, and trying to stay hydrated. While I’m gone, you can enjoy a re-posting of some of our most popular time-saving, money-saving, healthier eating mix recipes


Originally posted April, 2010

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.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • ⅛ cup ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  1. 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 jar. You 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?!”


Recipes that use Taco Seasoning Mix

As you can see, having this seasoning mix on hand is super helpful. Just grab it, shake it, and stir it into whatever you are cooking. Love it!

Make Some Healthy Mixes. You’ll Save So Much Time and Money! {31 Days of Real Food Reality ~ Day 22}

Make Homemade Mixes With Real Food Ingredients

Once you get the hang of making meals and snacks from real food ingredients, you’ll find that there are all sorts of ways to save time, energy, and money. This site is full of ideas, and all of my favorite, most loved and used ideas are in my book, Oh, For Real: Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy. Having that book means you have all of my best tips and recipes right in your kitchen! Read about the book here.

One of the tasks I do often in an effort to prepare real food in a short amount of time is to make homemade mixes. Everything from salad dressing and dip mixes to homemade bisquik-type mixes are available for purchase, and you can even find healthier varieties of each. But they can be pricey!! Plus, you don’t get to choose the ingredients in those. Making these mixes at home saves a wad of money, plus tastes even better, in my opinion.

Below are the mix recipes I’ve shared on this site. Take some time to put a few of them together and see if you don’t save lots of time and money on these healthy, real foods!

Taco Seasoning Mix

I use the Taco Seasoning Mix for tacos and fajitas, for Taco Potatoes, Taco Corn Fritters, and any recipe I come across that calls for packaged taco seasoning mix.

Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

This one is my favorite! I use Ranch Salad Dressing for salad dressing and dip, of course. But I also use it in Cheddar Ranch Burgers, Turkey Ranch Pinwheels, Ranch Potato Wedges, Ranch Cheese Ball, and many other recipes that call for ranch dressing or ranch seasoning packets.

Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Beyond salad dressing, I use Italian Salad Dressing Mix to marinate meat, to make Italian Cream Cheese Chicken, Italian Pasta Bake, Italian Roast Wraps, Italian Stew, and many other recipes that call for Italian dressing or Italian seasoning packets.

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

Onion Soup Mix

This Onion Soup Mix is great to have on hand for dips and seasoning, as well as to make this great One Dish Meat And Potato Casserole.

Quick Baking Mix

I can’t say enough good about the Whole Wheat Quick Baking Mix! I love having this on hand for Quick Mix Biscuits, Quick Mix Fruit Pizza, Quick Mix Honey Cinnamon Muffins, Quick Mix Very Vanilla Cookies, Quick Mix Pancakes, and more recipes which call for baking mix. (There are more recipes in my book too.)

Whole Wheat Quick Mix

Having these mixes in my pantry (or freezer) means that all I have to do is grab what I need and throw it in a bowl or cooking pot. In just a few minutes, I have made salad dressing, seasoned my meat, started a meal in the crock pot, or mixed up a batch of dough. So, so easy and yummy.

What mixes have you tried making yourself? Which are your favorites?