It’s easy to make your own 100% natural Taco Seasoning from chili powder, cumin, paprika and a few other common pantry spices. Dodge the packet from the store and perfectly balance every smoky, savory, mild or spicy nuance of flavor! 

This traditional, DIY blend of spices goes perfectly with many of our Mexican Recipes including chicken or beef Fajitas, Taquitos, and Shrimp Tacos. Make a big batch and use as a dry rub for meats, or to pep up savory dishes such as casseroles or chili!

A spice container with homemade taco seasoning lifted out by a spoon.

Taco Tuesday has become an American tradition and our household is no different. Our kids crunch through the hard-shell variety while my husband and I do Taco Salads topped with black beans, sliced olives and avocados. Switching from stale, filler-stuffed packets to the vibrant flavors of quality fresh spices means none of us can wait for Tuesday!

Ingredients in Taco Seasoning:

  • Chili powder: Itself a blend of spices.
  • Cumin: This lends that “Mexican” flavor that truly distinguishes taco seasoning.
  • Oregano: Fresher, cheaper and in more bulk in the Latin foods aisle. 
  • Paprika: Try smoked to add depth of flavor.
  • Cayenne: Just a pinch to add heat. Proceed with caution, a lot goes a long way!
  • Pepper: Fresh ground makes a big difference in flavor.
  • Garlic powder 
  • Onion powder 
  • Salt
The ingredients needed to make taco seasoning measured onto a board and labeled.
Ingredients in taco seasoning.

How to Make Taco Seasoning:

Combine the above ingredients well and voila! You’re done. Use 2 Tablespoons to equal a taco seasoning packet, or use the amounts in the notes section of the recipe card below if you only want to make the equivalent of one packet.

Two process photos for measuring and stirring taco seasoning together in a bowl.

To store Taco Seasoning:

Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. For maximum freshness use within six months.

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A jar with homemade Taco Seasoning being scooped with a wooden teaspoon.
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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  • Mix all spices together until well combined.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. Use 2 tablespoons in place of one "packet" of taco seasoning, or to season 1 pound of meat.


Yields about ½ cup taco seasoning. Serving size is 2 Tablespoons.
Store in an airtight container in your spice cupboard and use as needed. For maximum freshness use within six months.
Packet Taco Seasoning replacement: if you only want to make enough taco seasoning to replace 1 packet, use the following amounts:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2575mgPotassium: 401mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4981IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 5mg

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