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A jar of homemade taco seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Use pantry spices to make Homemade Taco Seasoning and never have to buy it from the store again. This simple taco seasoning recipe is full of flavor and comes together in under 5 minutes.
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Pantry Staple
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 3 Tablespoons
Calories: 16kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl or jar. Whisk or shake together before using.


  • How to use: Add 2-3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning and ½ cup of water to 1 to 1 ¼ pounds of cooked ground beef. Stir well, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes before serving. If using with ground turkey or ground chicken, you might want to decrease the amount used to 2 tablespoons so the spices aren't overpowering.
  • Storage: Keeps for 6 months in an airtight container in the pantry. Use a resealable glass jar with a lid to store if you are making this taco seasoning recipe in bulk. Sometimes the odors or flavor plastic containers, where glass contains them better.
  • Adding cornstarch: If you want a silkier texture to your taco meat, try adding 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to the recipe. It will thicken any liquid added along with the seasoning for more of a silky coating that many people enjoy.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 996IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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