Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipes

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November 18, 2014

A jar of homemade taco seasoningI 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


  • 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.


  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.
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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.


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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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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.


August 30, 2005

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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January 19, 2010

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.


October 26, 2012

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


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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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August 2, 2018

You can make non-spicy/kid friendly homemade taco seasoning. It is quick and an easy meal to make.

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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


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, 2009

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


June 6, 2006

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

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