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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipes

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Making your own special taco seasoning blend is simple. Once you have perfected it, why not have friends and family over for a "Taco Tuesday" meal. This page contains homemade taco seasoning recipes.
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By 19 found this helpful
November 18, 2014

I love cooking with taco seasoning! I do NOT love paying an arm and a leg for each tiny little envelope. In one of my cookbooks, I found a recipe for homemade taco seasoning. The first thing I thought when I tasted it was, "Where have you been all my life?"

Not only does it taste better than pre-packaged, it is super quick, easy and cheap! It is also better for you, as it does not have preservatives in it. I figure each serving costs me around 35 cents. Compared to about $1.50 a serving that I usually pay, I'm doing a happy dance.:)

Try it, you won't be disappointed! This would make a nice gift in a jar tied with pretty ribbon as well.

Total Time: About 5 minutes

Yield: About 6-- 1/4 cup servings

Source: "Family Feasts for $75 a Week", Mary Ostyn

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

*I buy generic spices at Walmart and Aldi's. This will keep your cost very low.

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Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir with a whisk to blend well.
  2. Store in an airtight container. Use 1/4 cup for any recipe that calls for an envelope of taco seasoning.

Enjoy!

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April 24, 2009

This will season 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of ground meat. I like things really spicy so you may want to half the recipe if you don't.

Ingredients

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Directions

Brown your ground meat (we use venison for our tacos). Add dry spices, green chiles and a half a cup of water. Stir and simmer until as dry as you like your taco meat.

Source: My original recipe from necessity.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 29, 2011

This is nice to have on hand when you don't have a packet of taco seasoning mix. I make it and put in a jar. I also keep the recipe in the jar. That way when I run out, I don't have to hunt up the recipe.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 26, 2012
This is not a highly spiced seasoning. It works for someone who might prefer a milder seasoning. Mix it up in a bowl and store it in a jar in your pantry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

Use this as you would use the packaged taco seasoning. I think this would be plenty of spice to use for 1# of hamburger, for instance. Add water just as you would if you used store bought seasoning.

Servings: Approx. 6
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: Approx 15 Minutes

Source: I have had this recipe for a long time and don't recall where I got it.

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By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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By 2 found this helpful
January 19, 2010

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups whole jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for five minutes. Pack in sterilized jars. Be sure to use all the liquid. Put on lid and screw firmly tight. Process in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes. Start counting processing time when water begins to boil.

By Sandy from Graettinger, IA

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August 30, 20050 found this helpful

Great for seasoning tacos or chili. It's cheaper to make this mix yourself than it is to buy it at the grocery store.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 26, 2012

Really easy and versatile with ground meat or cooked chicken to make a dish tasty and fast.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 19, 2007

In a bowl combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Makes about 1/2 cup total.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 7, 2008

Does anyone have a recipe for the taco sauce/hot sauce that Jack In The Box gives out with their tacos? It comes in the small packages. I have a son that dearly loves the stuff!

Suzanne from Phoenix, AZ

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

Check out the ingredients that are listed on the taco sauce package (if they're not listed, check with a manager) and perhaps you can figure it out from there.

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April 24, 20090 found this helpful

Instead of paying to get a packet of taco seasoning, make your own. It will save you at least a dollar or so over the price of name brand. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients

Directions

Put all ingredients in small container with lid and shake until combined. Add to 1 pound of browned ground beef. Add 3/4 cup water and bring to a simmer. Let meat cook down until juice is mostly cooked up in meat. Serve with whatever recipe taco meat is called for.

By omeggan from Ames, Iowa

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June 6, 20060 found this helpful

Does anyone have a recipe for homemade dry taco seasoning that you mix with the ground meat?

Thanks!
Betty from Slate Hill, NY

Answers:
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/05/2006
Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Brown 1lb. ground beef; drain. Add seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered, 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

By luv2craft
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/05/2006
  • 6 teaspoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Recipe

In storage container with tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients; mix well. Seal tightly. Store in cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Makes about 1/2 cup. For more recipes like this (including 33 other homemade mix recipes) visit my recipe page at http://recipecircus.com/recipes/josielynn/

By Juana Cookie
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/05/2006
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Crushed Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin

Combine and add to cooked drained beef (or cooked shredded chicken) with 1/2 cup water, stir. Simmer for about 10 min. stirring occassionally.

We prefer this to store bought any day!

By Ann
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/05/2006
Thanks for all the great recipes for the homemade taco seasoning--I printed them all off. They all sound great!!! PeggyLee
By PeggyLee
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/05/2006
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 tablespoon of ground chili pepper(mild, hot or wildfire hot)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cumin
  • 3/4 Tsp. garlic powder
Mix together and add to taco meat, chili or other dishes that called for a Mexican , Southwest flavor
By micksgirl
Homemade Taco Seasoning 06/06/2006
I don't know how much it would cost in ingredients to make your own taco seasoning. I suppose if you make tacos a lot then making yourself could be worth it; however I really like the McCormick taco seasoning packet and I can get on sale. I'd just as soon buy that then spend my time making it. I was very interested in the Taco Bell seasoning recipe tho as I love the way their taco meat tastes!
By Debbie52

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