Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, you probably know by this point that I always carefully scan ingredient lists. If the ingredient list does not match up with the homemade version of it, then I don’t buy it. Which brings me to the store-bought taco seasoning. I’m not going to call out any brands on here, but sugar, natural flavors, silicon dioxide, soy derivatives, and potato starch have no place in a taco seasoning mix. Now, you could buy a packet of organic taco seasoning, but that’s just plain expensive. So, it’s time to learn how to make your own homemade taco seasoning mix :). Making your own homemade taco seasoning mix at home takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and it will ONLY consist of spices. The recipe below makes enough to season 1 to 1.5 pounds of ground meat (or meat alternative). This homemade taco seasoning mix is very flavorful, and it’s something you can feel confident about because you assembled it from scratch!

How do you make taco seasoning from scratch?

To make taco seasoning, all you have to do is mix together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder.

What can you substitute for cumin in taco seasoning?

Probably the best substitute would be ground coriander since cumin and coriander are botanical cousins. Both spices give dishes a lemony and earthy flavor, with ground coriander being milder in heat. If using ground coriander in place of ground cumin, substitute half of what the recipe calls for. For more ground cumin substitution options, click here. Your other option is to just leave the ground cumin out entirely.

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Piles of individual spices that make up homemade taco seasoning sit on a small cutting board on a dark wood plank background. Off to the side are measuring spoons and a small mason jar.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

This homemade taco seasoning mix comes together in less than 10 minutes, and is so much healthier than store bought versions! This mix makes enough to season 1-1.5 pounds of ground meat.
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Course: Homemade Mixes
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten-free, homemade spices, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 tablespoons
Calories: 21.3kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a small glass mason jar and secure with the lid. Shake until combined and mixed thoroughly.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 21.3 Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.7g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 117.1mg5%
Potassium 105.6mg3%
Carbohydrates 3.5g1%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 0.8g2%
Vitamin A 1432.4IU29%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 28.5mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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