Homemade Taco Seasoning

We eat a lot of Mexican type food in our house. The majority of it is in the form of tacos, nachos, and burritos, all of which I use seasoned taco meat for.

I have been looking for years for a homemade version of taco seasoning that we like, only to be disappointed time and time again. I would always go back to those little packets of taco seasoning that you buy at the store.

I have also been asked many times if I had a homemade taco seasoning recipe. I would always have to admit that I bought those packages of seasoning from the store.

Well, I will no longer have to season my taco meat using those little packets. I finally came up with a homemade taco seasoning that my family really enjoys. I basically stopped trying recipes for taco seasoning and just used the spices that my family enjoyed and it worked. We love this.

I like to mix a large batch of the spices up and keep it in a small jar in the cupboard. All I have to do is add in the tomato sauce and beef when I am ready to cook it. That way it is still a homemade seasoning mix, but it has the convenience of the store bought version.

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Comments

  1. I’ll have to try your version; I make one that is just spices, but the tomato sauce would add some extra flavor and color.

  2. This is perfect! I was thinking about this when we made tacos on Sunday. I will have to give this a try. Thank you!

  3. Kelly Irene says:

    Thank you for posting this! We buy ours at Costco because it’s much cheaper than the individual packets, but I was thinking of trying to make some once our container runs out. I will definitely give this a try.

  4. So do you just mix the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano and salt and keep it in the cupboard? You don’t mix in the tomato sauce and then keep in cupboard? I’m confused!

    • @lori, I just fixed the post to clarify that. I mix up the seasonings to keep on hand and then I just add the tomato sauce and meat when I am ready to cook and serve it.

  5. Lynn, your tacos look beautiful!!! :)

    We make our own taco seasoning, too. I love it! :) I think the cumin is my favorite part… :)

    • @Tammy L, I agree cumin is one of the things that make it really good. And thanks for saying the tacos look beautiful, we won’t talk about the 30 or so other pictures that I took where they did not look so good. Oh the fun of food photography. :)

  6. Lynn I just had to laugh when I saw you posted about taco seasoning. I too make my own but just the spice blend version. I’ll have to give your version a try!

    I laughed though because just last night I was looking for my recipe and couldn’t find it – this is what I get for writing recipes on yellow sticky note.

    So, I had to look the recipe up online. Apparently I could have waited till this morning to have it delivered to my inbox. :)

  7. Thank you! I can really use this–I have been like you–buying it but not happy about it.

  8. Aha, cornstarch! I had thought about trying to mix my own using the ingredient list from a packet, but was unsure how to get it to thicken.

    How much do you use from your large batch for a pound of ground beef? I’m guessing 2 1/2 – 3 Tablespoons?

    This was also perfect timing for Nachos for Super Bowl. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Only a few weeks ago I asked my Dad if he could make a Taco seasoning recipe for our family (I am married & live 14 hours away from my parent’s. I also grew up in the North but am now living in the South. I came from MN and moved to OK two years ago when I married my Okie husband).

    Besides the taco seasoning I also make my own fajita seasoning (which is much better than store bought & another of my Dad’s recipes). I also make my own Wild Rice Pilaf Mix and Herb Seasoning Blend. I mix them ahead of time and store them in my cupboard in an air tight container.

    I am also aiming to make my own seasonings instead of buying them from the store. My goal is to have a “whole foods” diet and to omit processed food as much as I can.

    • Joy, do you mind sharing any of your recipes for seasoning blends? I have been trying to find some that my family likes and so far have not found any that are very convenient.
      Jessica

      • @jessica,

        Hi Jessica,

        I’m sorry that I did not respond sooner. My family was on a week long vacation.

        Dad’s Taco Mix Recipe
        1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
        1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder (Or 1 tsp if you like garlic)
        1/4 tsp Onion Powder (Or 1 tsp if you like onion)
        1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (sub 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper if you like)
        1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
        1/2 tsp. Paprika
        1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
        1 tsp. Sea Salt
        1 tsp. Black Pepper

        In a small bowl, Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

        Add 3 Tbsp. per pound of ground beef. Brown beef first, add taco mix, and then just a little water.

        Yields: 10 Servings

      • @jessica,

        Dad’s Faijita Mix
        3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
        2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
        1 Tbsp. Sea Salt
        1 Tbsp. Paprika
        1 Tbsp. Sugar
        2 -1/2 tsp. crushed Chicken Bouillon cube
        1-1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
        1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
        1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
        1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
        1/2 tsp. Cumin

        Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

        Equal to 3 packages.

      • @jessica,

        Long Grain Wild Rice Mix
        1C. Long Grain Brown Rice or White Rice
        1/2 C. Wild Rice
        1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
        2 tsp. Spike Seasoning or Herb Mix
        1 tsp. Dried Thyme Leaves
        1/2 tsp. Tarragon Leaves
        1/8 tsp. White Pepper
        1/2 tsp. Salt

        Mix ingredients & store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This makes one side dish. You can multiply ingredients to make more mixes.

        To Cook:
        Bring 3-1/4 C. Water to boil add Long Grain Wild Rice Mix (2 C.), cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 50 min. Remove pan from heat, and let sit for 10 min. before fluffing with a fork. 8 1/2 C. Servings.

        Found at busycooks.about.com

      • @jessica,

        Herb Seasoning Mix Recipe
        1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
        1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
        1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
        1 tsp. Dried Basil Leaves
        1 tsp. Dried Thyme Leaves
        1 tsp. Dried Marjoram Leaves
        1 tsp. White Pepper

        Mix all ingredients well, and store in a cool dry place up to 6 months.

        Found at busycooks.about.com

  10. Thanks for this Lynn! To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed store bought packets. So, when I tried this tonight, my first reaction was, “Wow, this isn’t anything like what I’m used to” and couldn’t decide how I felt about it. Well, my husband was in love with his first taste. The more I ate it the more I realized that I LOVE it! I realized that it tastes like what I think it should taste like, not like weird preservatives and such. It’s so funny how our bodies sometimes don’t even realize what good is anymore. Anyway, I love it and am planning on doing a huge batch this weekend. Thanks again!

    • Thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed it. And I agree so often it is the preservatives and such that we are used to tasting and not the real food and spices. Thanks!

  11. I’m assuming that it is ok to mix the cornstarch and sugar in with the rest of the spices f you premake a large batch even though the directions say to add them later? also, when you use it in things, like your ground beef taco rice or other recipes that call for taco seasoning, do you just use the spice mix or do you add the tomato sauce too? thanks!

    • Yes you can add the cornstarch and sugar in with the mix. If I am making just tacos, I like to use the tomato sauce, but if I am just using the seasoning mix in something else like taco soup etc, I just use the seasoning and no sauce. I hope that helps.

  12. Cheri A. says:

    I finally tried this seasoning mix last night. I had made spaghetti sauce on Monday, so I used that in the recipe. This was amazing!! The family gave it five *****. I did sub Mrs. Dash for the coriander and oregano because I don’t have them.

  13. Couldn’t find corriendar or cumin in the supermarket. Is it necessary for the homemade taco mix?

    • Both of those are common spices in mexican type cooking. You might try the mexican aisle of your store to see if they are there. You can leave them out, but the flavor will not quite be the same.

  14. This seems to be what I have been looking for. I have a taco seasoning recipe but something was missing. I think it’s the cornstarch and tomato sauce that will give it the body that I have been missing. Thanks!

  15. Question–do you add the cornstarch and brown sugar to your seasonings that are stored in the cupboard? Or are they just added when making tacos?

  16. Just tried this mix of spices for tacos and it’s great.

  17. can you share you large batch amounts? I had it figured out and then accidentally deleted it on evernote… :(

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