Homemade Taco Seasoning

If there was a list of things that you should know about me and food, the first thing on the list would be that I REALLY LOVE peanut butter and chocolate. But right next to it would be that I LOVE tacos. They are one of my favorite meals. I can’t just have one favorite, right? This Homemade Taco Seasoning is definitely up on the top of the list.



Are you wanting something more than just a little packet from the store, but don’t want to waste your time on making taco seasoning for just one meal? You can make this Homemade Taco Seasoning easily and you can make a lot of it. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups and can be stored in an airtight container for 6 months. Use about 2-3 tablespoons for each pound of ground beef or chicken. Unless you may happen to like really spicy. Then you can add as much seasoning as you want. DSC_1979 copy

My family likes tacos because you can get creative with them. Sometimes we put the meat in a hard shell or soft flour tortilla.  Other times we eat it with tortilla chips.  And sometimes, we make we make beef, rice and cheese burritos.

I, personally, like burritos. Or, if there are no tortillas on hand, I just throw together some rice, cheese, and taco meat into a bowl and heat it up for lunch.

What is your favorite way to use taco meat? DSC_1991 copy

Here’s what my parents like to do: they will make a salad with taco meat and lettuce, then throw some Pico de Gallo on top. They think it’s great, but until I start liking tomatoes and peppers and stuff, I think I’ll stick with my beef, cheese and rice burrito.

Whip up a batch of this today and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your favorite combination.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make up a bulk mix of this Homemade Taco Seasoning for an easy dinner and great flavor.


  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano


Mix all of the ingredients together. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

To make tacos: Brown 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet. Add 3 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water. Simmer for 5 minutes.


Adjust the red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you like your tacos!


Adapted from allrecipes.com


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11 Responses to Homemade Taco Seasoning

  1. alanna says:

    What a good idea! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for awhile now. I always forget about it until the next time I’m making burritos and am haphazardly throwing all these spices in separately.

  2. Laura says:

    Your photographs are just beautiful. You must have a very nice camera. Thanks for sharing your talent (and your great recipes, too!)

  3. Shawn says:

    We tried this recipe tonight for dinner. We cooked up 1.5 lbs of ultra thin steak and added 4Tbsp to 3/4 cups of water. We cooked it down ’till it was like a thick glaze. ABSOLUTELY INSANE GOOD!!!!! We made nachos with it. WOW!!!!

    • tastesoflizzyt@gmail.com says:

      My husband loves the steak idea! Thanks for the hints…we’ll try it soon. So glad you liked it!

  4. Heather says:

    This recipe was delicious, it tastes so much better than the premade store bought stuff. Highly recommend this recipe!

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  6. Rita says:

    Could regular salt be used in this recipe for the Homemade Taco Seasoning, instead of sea salt? Thank you very much for your help.

  7. Liz says:

    Another wonderful recipe. Thanks so much and have a Wonderful Day!

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