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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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


  • 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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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.



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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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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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.

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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.

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October 26, 2012

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

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

hand held filled Taco

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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:



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, 2006

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

Betty from Slate Hill, NY

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 Dana Sipe
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


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 Josie-Lynn Belmont
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 Peg Ward
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 christi
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 Debbie Dzurilla
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