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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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.



  • 1 to 1 1/2 lb. ground meat
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. dehydrated onion flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 can of diced green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 a cup of water


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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April 27, 20090 found this helpful

I keep a jar of homemade "Chili" seasoning mix in my pantry. Here's recipe:
1/4 cup ground red chili pepper or cayenne
1/4 cup paprika
2 Tbsp.dried minced onion
4 tsp.ground cumin
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. salt


1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. crushed dried red pepper

Combine all ingredients. Makes 3/4 Cup

Add 3 Tbsp. to each pound of meat when making chili. Replace commercial chili powder in favorite recipes. Use to season meat for tacos or taco salad. Add to ground beef for grilled burgers or a meat loaf.

If your pallet is tender just use less. It's spicy!

Gale from California

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

This recipe is the best I have found. I do not buy packets anymore and I have been giving this recipe to friends. Thanks!

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