Once you start making your own taco seasoning mix, you won’t go back. Not only is it cheaper AND healthier (no artificial ingredients or preservatives), but it also tastes better! This taco seasoning mix recipe makes 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup), but I almost always double it and store my mix in a mason jar in my pantry.
This house LOVES Mexican food. Even my 2-year-old will scarf down a whole bowl of spicy Mexican Soup without any protest.
Why Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix
Most of the recipes I make call for some type of taco seasoning. Up until this point, I simply bought the expensive little packets of taco seasoning without batting an eye. However, as I am growing increasingly aware of what is actually in pre-packaged foods, I realized that my little bundles of taco-joy were filled with some questionable ingredients.
Check out the ingredients in the packet that I usually buy:
- chili pepper
- onion powder
- monosodium glutamate
- corn starch
- yellow corn flour
- partially hydrogenated soybean oil
- silicon dioxide (anticaking agent)
- natural flavor
- ethoxyquin (preservative)
I also hated that I was paying $1-$2 for a single serving of taco seasoning. I used taco seasoning so much that I finally realized it’d be worth it to make my own batch and triple it for future use. Turns out I had every ingredient I needed in order to make a big batch of this yummy taco seasoning mix! Isn’t it pretty?!
What’s in Taco Seasoning Mix?
You’ll need the following ingredients in order to make your own taco seasoning:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Dried oregano
- Ground cumin
- Salt & pepper
How Much Taco Seasoning Do I Use?
We typically use 1.5-2 tablespoons per pound of ground beef. More if you like the flavor, less if you have sensitive palates. Here’s how I use it to make seasoned taco meat…
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute 1 cup diced onion, stirring frequently, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in 3-4 cloves of garlic and cook for 30 to 60 seconds more.
- Increase the heat to medium-high. Add 2 pounds lean ground beef and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until no longer pink, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon as it browns. Drain off excess grease.
- Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of taco spice mixture over the meat and stir until coated. Add in 1 cup of chicken/beef/vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has reduced some, about 5 minutes.
What Recipes Can I Use this Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe For?
This homemade taco seasoning mix can be used in so many other recipes.
- Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
- Mexican Soup
- 7 Layer Taco Dip
- Easy Taco Salad
- Anything Goes Tortilla Soup
Homemade taco seasoning mix. Skip the additives and artificial ingredients and whip up a big batch of this FABULOUS natural taco seasoning mix. I’ll never go back to buying those expensive little packets again!
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less for sensitive palates)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. We use about 1.5-2 tablespoons of the mix per pound of meat, but feel free to add more or less depending on your preference.
- Double or even triple this recipe to have on hand for all of your favorite Mexican meals!
Use roughly 1.5-2 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of meat. More if you want!