Homemade taco seasoning without MSG or additives. 100% natural and delicious. Make extra to keep on hand! It’s not only for tacos — you can use it in so many recipes!
I’ve made about a bazillion batches of this taco seasoning. It includes great spices like chili powder, cumin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and paprika and it’s definitely not only for tacos – keep on reading to see all the places I use it!
It is 10,000 times better than the seasoning that comes in a packet labeled “taco seasoning.” And if you’re watching your sodium intake, this is the only way to go.
Why you should make this homemade taco seasoning recipe:
I quickly searched for a popular brand of taco seasoning (most brands are similar) and found that it contains these ingredients: Yellow Corn Flour, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color (sulfites). Most other brands have similar ingredients.
Spices? Is it some big secret or something?
Natural flavor? Yeah, I’m sure.
I think I’ll pass.
Also–I’m passing on 430 mg of sodium per serving (1/6 of the package).
PS: This is also Whole30 compliant taco seasoning and is also Paleo which is fantastic!!! It works if you’re on a keto diet, too!
Whether you make your tacos with ground beef, ground turkey, pulled chicken, ground chicken, or tofu–this spice mixture is a winner.
I also use it for fajitas and other dishes that need a quick pinch of Mexican flavor (see the end of this post for a lot of really great uses of this homemade taco seasoning!).
Make this taco seasoning your own – here are some suggestions:
- If you prefer a more mild taco seasoning, leave out the red pepper flakes.
- Like it on the hot side? Add more red pepper flakes and/or cayenne.
- Not a cumin fan? You can make this taco seasoning without cumin. It will not taste exactly like traditional tacos so I highly recommend adding the cumin. However, if you just can’t get down with it, leave it out! That’s the great thing about DIYing it. You’re the boss!
- If you want to add some smokey flavor, try adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
- Watching your salt intake? Leave it out!
Love making your own spice blends? See my whole list of homemade spice blends for inspiration! You’ll find a large batch of this seasoning, fajita seasoning, beef stew seasoning, herbes de provence, and mild curry powder.
Needed for this recipe:
- In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. (Or you can mix it together in the container you are going to store it in–just give it a shake!)
- Add 1-2 tablespoons (or up to the full amount if you like it spicier) of this mixture plus 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to one pound of cooked meat of your choice - see note about flour. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until there is very little liquid left in the pan.
- Serve with your favorite taco toppings! I recommend lots of sour cream, fresh salsa, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and tomato.
- Add a tablespoon of all-purpose flour to the pound of cooked meat to thicken up the mixture a bit.
- I recently posted a new version of this recipe that yields two cups: Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning.
- I’ve had some comments that this is quite spicy. If you’re not a huge spicy food fan, I’d cut down on the amount used per pound of meat — start with one tablespoon and add more to taste. Alternatively, you could leave the red pepper flakes out of the mixture for a more toned-down version of this taco seasoning.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
I think this would make a great gift. Actually, it would be kind of fun to give it layered like sand art and the recipient could mix it up themselves. Isn’t it pretty?
UPDATE: Per reader request, I have created a recipe for a large batch of taco seasoning. I did the math for you.
UPDATE: I’ve developed a slight addiction to adding this taco seasoning to everything but the kitchen sink. If you’re looking for something outside the box, try these recipes:
Healthy Taco Meat (in 30 minutes!)