Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning

Recipe: Homemade (Healthier!) Taco Seasoning

Our family LOVES tacos.  I could probably live on Mexican food!  And not just the chips and salsa (or queso!), but quesadillas, enchiladas…OK, now I’m just plain hungry. 🙂

Have you ever stopped to look at the ingredients that are in some of the store-bought taco seasonings??  I never used to, but once I did I was not impressed and now I always make my own!  It is way cheaper and healthier too!

Take a peek at one big name brand’s ingredients:

Recipe: Homemade (Healthier!) Taco Seasoning


  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1¾ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Combine with 1 pound browned ground beef or turkey, add about ¼ cup water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

A Couple of Notes about This Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • It calls for sea salt.  We use grey celtic sea salt and love it, and use a mortar and pestle to grind it up as we need it  See?
  • The crushed red pepper can easily be adjusted for taste.  I err on the milder side and my hubby just adds extra to his tacos.
  • This can easily be doubled or tripled and stored for later use.  Just store in an airtight container.

Enjoy !

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