Homemade Taco Seasoning

3 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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 ¼ 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

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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!  
Yield 3 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Mexican
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


  • 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.
  • Store in a small jar.
  • Use 3 tablespoons to equal 1 (1.25 ounce) seasoning packet.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2338mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5mg
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.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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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.

      1. Yes please so as so many crockpot recipes add a package of onion soup and those packages are soooo loaded with chemicals

  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!