Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning without artificial ingredients and much less sodium! How to make Taco Seasoning that is easy to make and saves money!Homemade Taco Seasoning without artificial ingredients

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning was one of the first homemade seasoning mixes I learned to make to replace the old faithful McCormick’s Taco Seasoning Packets, and the one we had most when I was a kid, Lawry’s Taco Seasoning Packets.

Why make your own taco seasoning mix? Homemade taco seasoning is infinitely healthier for you since you are using whole ingredients. There are no added preservatives or artificial ingredients and you can make the mix just one time to keep and use for several months.

PLUS, it is significantly less expensive. We buy spices in bulk so mixing up these seasoning mixes is a breeze.

Special Note: This taco seasoning recipe is meant to taste like your favorite homemade tacos but I am also working on a Taco Bell Seasoning Mix copycat and should have that one posting soon.

HOMEmade Taco Seasoning Q&A

Below are some answers to some typical questions people have about how to make homemade taco seasoning and how to use it.

Q: How much water do you add to a packet of taco seasoning?

A: To add to your recipe, include 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix with 2/3 cup of water and stir until well combined.

Q: How much is in a packet of taco seasoning mix?

A: The question you’re asking is how many tablespoons are in 1.25 ounces, which is about 2.5 tablespoons. Just a bit under 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix is included in a 1 1/4 ounce packet of taco seasoning mix.

Q: How do I make homemade taco seasoning?

A: It’s a quick mix of spices. Taco seasoning ingredients including chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, and oregano. You can keep and store your taco seasoning in your spice cabinet for easy use.

Q: How do I store Homemade taco seasoning?

A: Homemade taco seasoning is easy to make and use. Simply mix up the spices and store it in your spice cupboard in a small glass jar, it can keep fresh for up to 6 months assuming your spices are fresh, to begin with.

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning in white dish

Looking for recipes to use this taco seasoning with?

This is another recipe in a series of pantry recipes I am building out on the site. If you have any requests please PLEASE please let me know below in the comments. I have (not kidding here) about 100 recipes on my list of things I make at home and would love to bump your requests to the top of the list.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning without artificial ingredients and much less sodium! Easy to make and store. Saves money over the packaged taco seasoning packets! 
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Homemade Taco Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 38 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  1. Add the ingredients to a small coffee grinder or food processor and process until all blended and the oregano isn’t in small bits anymore.
  2. Store in a small jar.
  3. Use 3 tablespoons to equal 1 (1.25 ounce) seasoning packet.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 38 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2338mg102%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 872IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Taco Seasoning without artificial ingredients and much less sodium! Easy to make and store. Saves money over the packaged taco seasoning packets!
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning will replace all the taco seasoning packets for less money in just minutes!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Everything is so much better homemade! Love your recipes! Anyways, I was almost positive I saw an onion soup mix recipe on your blog. Maybe with another recipe?

    1. I’m so glad you are loving the recipes. I actually don’t have an onion soup mix recipe yet but I’ll add it to my to-do list because I definitely should have one. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Hi Sabrina,
    What is the heat level of this Taco Seasoning? I am wanting to find a mild version that is child friendly. My grandson loves Mexican and Tex-Mex food but has a bit of a sensitive tummy and spicy foods don’t seem to settle well. He seems to do all right with the mild versions of well known brands. I would prefer to make my own, but of the 6 different homemade recipes I have tried, all have been spicier than one or both of us could handle. I am hoping you might be able to help by either creating a mild version or by making suggestions on what spices give good flavor without the heat, and which spices I should avoid, use with caution or in small amounts to help in keeping the spiciness temperature low, but still have good flavor.
    I noticed you stated you buy your seasonings in bulk and I was wondering if you could recommend some online sellers.

    1. Hey Janyne, the only thing I’d suggest is omitting the cayenne. In terms of the chili powder, use half the chili powder. Hope that helps!