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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This Homemade Taco Seasoning makes weeknight dinners a breeze. The recipe makes a big batch so you’ll have plenty on hand for tacos, casseroles, soups, and more!

This Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe makes a big batch so you'll have plenty on hand for tacos, soups, and more!

Well, I’m 23 weeks into this pregnancy, and so far I have bought a total of 7 baby items. They include: 3 adorable board books, 3 Ohio State Buckeye onesies, and 1 baby dress shirt that comes with a matching bow tie.

Soooo we’ve pretty much got the basics, right?

Honestly, even though I’ve been researching and pinning like a boss, I’m still a bit in denial when it comes to all the “stuff” such a tiny human requires. I mean, they even get their own special toenail clippers!

I know it’ll come together and we’ll get what we need, but to avoid driving myself crazy, I’m taking breaks from registries and nursery boards to prepare in other ways. One of those ways? Making boatloads of this Homemade Taco Seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning from

Having a jar of this stuff around makes weeknight meals so much easier. It instantly jazzes up ground beef or crock pot shredded chicken and adds wonderful flavor to homemade soups. I’ve been making my own taco seasoning for a few years now, and I don’t ever plan on going back. Here’s why:

1. It’s super easy. I know it seems like picking up a package of seasoning at the grocery store is the most convenient thing in the world, but I’ve honestly found this homemade version to be even easier. It takes roughly 7 minutes to mix together and it yields enough for several meals. Besides, with the way my brain is functioning these days, I’m lucky if I remember to buy bread, let alone taco seasoning!

2. You probably already have the ingredients on hand. Go ahead, give the list a gander. You may be able to make this right this second.

3. It doesn’t include any ingredient you can’t pronounce. Well, unless you have trouble with oregano (or-EGG-a-no!).

4. It’s naturally gluten free.

5. It’s totally customizable. You can mess with the proportions of the recipe to get your ultimate seasoning, add extra heat, or use a few different kinds of chili powder. This also means you get to control the salt in your recipe, which I love.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe|

I was going through this stuff so quickly, I decided to double the recipe. What you see below will fill a small jelly jar and should cover quite a lot of meals. At least that’s what I’m banking on. Baby Rowland may not have a place to sleep, but doggoneit, he’ll have tacos!

I’ll be sharing a recipe to put this stuff to good use on Friday, but until then, check out these other great recipes that use taco seasoning!

Twice Baked Chili Cheese Potatoes

Taco Burgers with Green Chile Salsa

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas from Center Cut Cook

Mexican Tortilla Pie from Hungry Couple

Skillet Stuffed Peppers from Melanie Makes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minsPrep Time
Cook Time
Total Time 5 mins Total Time


  • 6 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons paprika (I usually use smoked paprika)
  • 3 Tablespoons cumin
  • 6 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small jelly jar with a lid. Seal tightly and shake well to combine. To use, add 1½-2 Tablespoons of seasoning to 1 lb. of meat, or season soups and casseroles to taste. Store in a cool, dry place.


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