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Make Your Own Taco Seasoning…No preservatives, less sodium and a LOT cheaper!

Don’t ever buy those taco seasoning  packets again.  They are expensive and can be loaded with ingredients that are hard to pronounce.  Instead you can easily make your own at home.  Just store in an airtight container and use in all those recipes that call for taco seasoning!

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning at TodaysMama

I had everything on hand to make my own.  These are the ingredients that you’ll need:

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients - Cheaper and tastier!

To make a batch, add the following ingredients in an airtight container and shake to combine:

  • 10 Tbsp chili powder (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2  tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 6 tsp cumin
  • 6 tsp salt
  • 6 tsp black pepper

You’ll need about 2 Tbsp per 1 lb of meat.  We use ours for ground meats mostly (beef, turkey, chicken).   But it could also work as a rub or for flavoring in soups.  The options are endless!  Take the time now to make a batch then when a recipe calls for a packet of taco seasoning you’ll have it on hand (1 entire packet of seasoning would equal about 3 to 4 Tbsp of the homemade stuff…start with less and then add more if it needs it).
make your own taco seasoning

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Comments (11)

  1. Liz 05/21/2013 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you. A good recipe to have on hand. Have a great day!

  2. Kathryn 05/21/2013 at 2:06 pm

    Karen, does the red pepper make it a spicy taco seasoning? I usually buy the mild, so I was wondering…thanks for posting this! It’s great. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Karen Petersen 05/21/2013 at 2:10 pm

      Kathryn, I like mine mild too so I purposely only put a little bit of red pepper in there. If you’re scared just leave it out completely and season to taste at the end!

  3. Guy 07/23/2013 at 1:04 pm

    Great recipe. I just chopped up a bunch of veggies (red, green, yellow, orange peppers, onions, portobellos, corn off the cob, etd.) Tossed in a can of black beans. Drizzled with EVOO, and dusted with and stirred in your mix. Roasted till al dente, and WOW! Tx, G

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  6. Evie 01/07/2016 at 3:22 pm

    Fresh cilantro instead of coriander, (which is the seeds from cilantro)
    Fresh chili peppers, instead of powdered chili pepper
    Fresh onion, instead of onion powder
    Fresh garlic, instead of garlic powder
    By using fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, you get much more food value, plus fiber
    Dry these to store for use over the winter and you’ll still have more food value than powdered and processed.

  7. Michelle Armstrong 06/10/2016 at 10:49 am

    How many carbs in this?

  8. Sam 02/12/2017 at 6:05 pm

    I made this for my grandma who was recently diagnosed with heart failure and is on a salt-reduced diet; I cut the salt back to 2 tsp and she is loving it as an all-purpose seasoning. She especially likes it on cream cheese with her toast (I don’t get it either).

    I made a batch today for my husband and I to have in our tacos, as I have a bell pepper allergy and lots of seasoning mixes have those in them (old el paso mild doesn’t); it’s nice to have a ‘safe’ alternative that’s way less expensive!!

    Thanks so much!!