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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning


Homemade Taco seasoning came about for me because of poor planning. Meal planning is not one of the areas where I shine, but I am trying to work on that! Many weeks my meal “plan” is formulated while grocery shopping. I am usually standing in the middle of an aisle and randomly pick meals that I think will match up to the stuff in my cart. My hastily thrown together meal plan is usually forgotten by the time I have all my groceries packed away at home. Because my grocery shopping is so umm ‘spontaneous’, it is not usually fun, so when I forget something I try to avoid going back at all costs. One week realizing I forgot my taco seasoning I decided to try my hand at mixing my own up, and it was great!

I was instantly hooked on making my own Taco seasoning, it is so easy to shake up into a jar, and it tastes like taco seasoning you would buy. It is almost indistinguishable from the brand name packages of taco mix, only your homemade version will not have any preservatives or unnecessary ingredients!

Now I always mix Homemade Taco Seasoning up in a large batch and keep it in a mason jar until I am ready to use it.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Author: Jennifer Morrisey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and cornstarch. Store in an airtight container.

Cook ground beef until brown and crumbly; drain off excess fat.
For each pound of beef mix 2 1/2 -3 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning into 2/3 cup of cold water, add to cooked beef in skillet, simmer until thickened

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Recipe adapted from: Taco Seasoning I

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    • I personally have never tried mixing the cornstarch into the seasoning mix, but I can’t see any reason why it would not work. We have tacos on the meal planner for dinner tomorrow. I will try it out and update this when I find out .
      Update: So I tried it and it worked great. Corn starch is used in other mixes to prevent clumping during storage, so I don’t think that is going to be a problem.

      Thank You! I am going to update the recipe to include the cornstarch because I think it makes it more convenient ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have been making my own taco seasoning for some time now and I have to agree with you. So much easier and so much better for you! I like your addition of the cayenne pepper. Going to put that on my grocery list!

Jennifer Morrisey

Hi! Iโ€™m Jennifer โ€“ a work at home, farmer's wife, mom to 3, living life in Upstate New York! I love sharing tasty recipes, easy do it yourself projects, and little stories of life on a farm in the Finger Lakes.