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taco seasoning in a mason jar

Taco Seasoning Mix

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!

Yield: About 4 tablespoons 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 5 minutes


  • 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 dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you like things spicy)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sugar

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To Make the Seasoning:

  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. 
  2. Double or even triple this recipe to have on hand for all of your favorite Mexican meals!

To Use the Seasoning on Ground Meat: Use 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning plus 1/2 cup broth or water per pound of browned meat. Taste and season with more of the mixture or more salt, as needed.

(See Notes below for more details about making delicious taco meat.)


Here’s how we like to make Taco Meat:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle 4-6 tablespoons of taco spice mixture over the meat and stir until coated. Add in 1 cup of chicken/beef/vegetable broth OR water and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has reduced some, about 5 minutes.
© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: Mexican Method: Mix