Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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Save money, yet enjoy great flavor with a homemade taco seasoning mix. It’s great for taco fillings, casseroles, marinades, and soups.

taco soup in bowl

If you’ve been buying those envelopes of taco seasoning mix, it’s time to just stop. Seriously.

Sure, you need them. I get that. They take Tacos with Home Fried Taco Shells over the top. They add zing to your favorite Lawnmower Taco. They give a kick to Taco Soup.

The thing is that taco seasoning packets are also way too expensive for what you get, especially when you can so easily make a mix yourself — better and for less money!

I’ve been making my own taco seasoning mix for over 20 years and would never consider going back. Buying herbs and spices in bulk and mixing my own spice mixes allows me a world of flavors for just pennies a teaspoon!

layers of taco spice ingredients in jar

What is taco seasoning made of?

Taco seasoning is a mix of dry spices and herbs. The combination can vary, but typically includes salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder or onion flakes, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Some mixtures also include cayenne pepper, chipotle chili powder, and/or coriander.

What is the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?

There really is no big difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning. You can mix and match the herbs and spices based on your preferences.

How do you make homemade taco seasoning mix?

Making your own homemade taco seasoning mix is super quick and easy. Measure out the herbs and spices. Mix them together in a bowl. Store them in a covered container in a dry, cool place.

What can you use taco seasoning mix for?

Taco seasoning mix can be used in soups, stews, casseroles, and marinades. It’s also good used as a dry rub as well as a seasoning for cooked taco meat. Whether you use shredded or ground meat doesn’t matter.

Recently I tossed it with cauliflower before roasting it and it was crazy good!

mixing taco seasoning in a bowl

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the price of bulk spices can help keep the price down.
  • Buying in bulk – Using dried herbs and spices within 3 to 6 months is key to maintaining their flavor. It would make sense to buy small bottles, however small bottles are pricier than larger ones. For herbs and spices that I use in great quantity, I buy large packages from Costco, Smart & Final, Vitacost, or Amazon. I fill my small jar and then store the larger package in the freezer to extend its shelf life. For spices I use infrequently, I buy small amounts from the bulk jars at the health food store. In this way, I always have potent dried herbs and spices.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, just mix up the spices in a bowl! But having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

For this recipe, I rely on a supply of mason jars with plastic lids for storing my spice mixes.

taco seasoning mix in a jar with a spoonful beside

5 from 2 votes
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Save money, yet enjoy great flavor with a homemade taco seasoning mix. It's great for taco fillings, casseroles, marinades, and soups.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: spice, spice blend, taco, taco seasoning mix
Calories: 123 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  1. In a small bowl or jar, measure out the spices and herbs. Stir gently to combine. 

  2. Store the taco seasoning mix in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. For longest storage, store the mix in an airtight container in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

Note: Onion powder can be used in place of onion flakes.

To use: Use in place of taco seasoning mix in recipes. Use 1-2 Tablespoons of mix per pound of ground beef or turkey, depending on how spicy you like it.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Amount Per Serving (14 g)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 14224mg618%
Potassium 654mg19%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4915IU98%
Vitamin C 3.7mg4%
Calcium 239mg24%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Judith says

    5 stars
    I’ve been making your recipe ever since I bought one of your cookbooks. I neglected to take it on vacation so had to buy a packet. No one in my family liked it. 🙂

  2. Diana Teal says

    5 stars
    AMAZING TIPS and she’s frugal! LOVE it!! Thanks!

  3. Misti Winebarger says

    Is that sodium content for real??? ??

    • Taco Seasoning is very much a seasoning salt, so yes, it will be high in sodium. You can reduce the amount of salt if you prefer.

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