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The ULTIMATE Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make with all-natural ingredients…perfect for your favorite tacos or Mexican food recipes!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe ~ you control the ingredients in this economical, easy-to-make homemade seasoning mix...perfect for your favorite tacos or Mexican food recipes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade Taco Seasoning is one of the very first recipes I ever shared when Five Heart Home was an itty-bitty baby blog almost five years ago. So seeing as how this is one of my personal all-time favorite, most-often-made recipes…and seeing as how I have since shared a ton of other recipes that call for taco seasoning…and seeing as how Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner…I thought it might be time for a revamp! From updated tips and tricks to new photos to a spiffy new recipe video, you’ll find it all below.๐Ÿ˜Š

Homemade Taco Seasoning

If you haven’t started making your own DIY taco seasoning yet, the time is now! It’s easy, economical, and, since you are in control of the ingredients, you get to avoid the excessive salt, MSG, preservatives, and other unsavory additives often found in store bought taco seasoning.

How to Make Taco Seasoning

I go through a lot of taco seasoning in my kitchen, folks. So for me, the other advantage of throwing together my own mix is that I can make it in bulk. My family loooves our Tex-Mex! So whether I’m whipping up beef or chicken tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chalupas, or some version of a Mexican casserole, having a big jar of homemade taco seasoning in the pantry makes getting dinner on the table that much quicker (and healthier!).

DIY Taco SeasoningHomemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

This recipe makes the equivalent of about eight of those little packets from the grocery store. Those packets get expensive, so making your own Homemade Taco Seasoning actually ends up being more economical! Stored in an airtight jar or container, a batch of this recipe will last a long time. If you don’t use taco seasoning all that often, you might want to cut the recipe in half…but I use this mix so frequently that I usually double the recipe.

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Since I’m regularly whipping up a batch of Homemade Taco Seasoning, I actually printed out the ingredient list and taped it right to my spice shaker. Now when my shaker is empty, I can just look at the label, measure the ingredients into a bowl, whisk them up, and pour them right back into the shaker!

Tavo Seasoning

A final plus to making your taco seasoning is that you can tweak the spices or the proportions to your liking. Adjust the cumin or decrease the salt, if you wish. Make it mild or make it spicy. The choice is yours!

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So go forth and make Homemade Taco Seasoning! It’s an effortless, homemade pantry staple that will make you wonder why you ever bought the packaged stuff (and pssst…you may never buy it again๐Ÿ˜‰)!

Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ you control the ingredients in this economical, easy-to-make homemade seasoning mix recipe...perfect for your favorite tacos or Mexican food recipes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment
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  • My original taco seasoning recipe called for crushed red pepper flakes. However, in recent years, I’ve started adding a little chipotle chile pepper powder to my taco seasoning instead. They both add heat, but I like the touch of smokiness that chipotle chile pepper powder contributes.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes or chipotle chile pepper powder may be omitted entirely for mild taco seasoning.
  • Another way to control the spiciness of this seasoning is by increasing or decreasing the black pepper.
  • For smoky flavor without the heat, you may substitute smoked paprika for about half of the regular paprika.

Chicken Taco Seasoning

  • The cornstarch is in this recipe is optional. It causes the taco seasoning to really cling to the meat when the water is added and reduced down. Instead of 3 tablespoons cornstarch per batch of taco seasoning, you could instead use 1/3 cup flour to achieve the same thickening effect. But if you don’t use cornstarch or flour, the step of adding and then cooking down the water is probably not necessary.

Beef Taco Seasoning

  • Since I use Homemade Taco Seasoning as a seasoning in so many other recipes (and not just to make tacos), I typically make it without cornstarch (or flour).
  • I used to store my taco seasoning in a mason jar. But then I found a set of reuseable plastic spice containers similar to these. They fit neatly in the spice cabinet holding my various homemade seasonings, and I especially like them because one side is a shaker and the other side opens up to fit a measuring spoon. I make spiffy matching labels for them using my beloved label maker.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Taco Seasoning Recipe

  • Finally, I find it helpful to use a small kitchen funnel when transferring my taco seasoning from the bowl to the spice shaker.
  • Hope you enjoy the video below!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: about 8 ounces, or the equivalent of approximately 8 packets of store bought mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make with all-natural ingredients...perfect for your favorite tacos or Mexican food recipes!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano OR Mexican oregano
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes OR chipotle chile pepper powder (OPTIONAL -- for heat)
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons black pepper (depending on desired heat level)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (OPTIONAL -- see Tips & Tricks below)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To use, brown one pound of ground beef (or ground turkey or shredded chicken, etc.). Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning over meat, to taste. Stir in 1/2 cup water, bring to a simmer, and cook over low heat until the water has been absorbed.

Notes

The cornstarch is optional. It causes the taco seasoning to really cling to the meat when the water is added and reduced down. Instead of 3 tablespoons cornstarch for this batch of taco seasoning, you could instead use 1/3 cup flour to achieve the same thickening effect. If you don't use cornstarch or flour, the step of adding and then cooking down the water is probably not necessary.

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Post originally published on June 14, 2014.
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โ™ฅRecipes that use Homemade Taco Seasoning…

Instant Pot Chicken & Black Beans Tacos {OR} Burrito Bowls
Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos ~ this tender, flavorful filling -- loaded with chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and taco seasoning -- is effortlessly made in the pressure cooker and also makes a great addition to Burrito Bowls! | FiveHeartHome.com

French Bread Taco Pizza
French Bread Taco Pizza ~ tacos meet pizza on an effortless French bread crust, with layers of refried beans, salsa, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream! | FiveHeartHome.com

Taco Shepherd’s Pie
Taco Shepherd's Pie ~ a comfort food classic gets a Tex-Mex twist with taco-seasoned, salsa-spiced ground beef, studded with black beans and topped with cheesy green chile mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Creamy Salsa Dip
Creamy Salsa Dip ~ light in calories, bursting with flavor, and easy to make with only four simple ingredients -- salsa, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro! | FiveHeartHome.com

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  1. Are you sure it’s not 3 teaspoons of salt?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It is 3 tablespoons, since this homemade recipe is equivalent to 8 batches of taco seasoning. If you wish to reduce the salt, however, you may certainly do so!

  2. Jeannine Warner says:

    I have made this taco seasoning to accompany the chicken and black bean tacos countless times and they are so FABULOUS! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy holidays to you.

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