Homemade Taco Seasoning

So it’s Mexican night, taco Tuesday, whatever you want to call it in your household.  You’re at the grocery store, in the international isle, searching for your favorite packet of taco seasoning.  Quick question – Have you ever actually read the back of that thing? Do you know what’s in there?  A bunch of large words I can’t pronounce and I’m almost positive some of them mean sugar (why on earth do you need sugar in your tacos?).


Most people read labels to find out the calorie counts of the grams of saturated fat.  I read them to learn exactly what chemicals I’m putting into my body.  Even though I couldn’t tell you what’s in that packet of medium taco seasoning you have in your hand, I would be willing to guess it’s not good for you.


Besides, if taco seasoning is supposed to be a bunch of spices, why isn’t it just that?  If you like to cook, chances are you already have most of this in your cupboard.  If not, don’t freak out.  This homemade taco seasoning calls for the most standard (and most cost-efficient) spices.  Don’t be alarmed by the recipe size.  You’ll use this seasoning in every Mexican dish you make, it’s that good.  If you really want to, you can easily half the recipe.


Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • ½ cup Chili Powder
  • ¼ cup Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp each of: Salt, Black Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, & Dried Oregano


Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.  Use as a replacement in any Mexican dishes that call for taco seasoning.

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