Taco Seasoning Blend

You never have to buy a taco seasoning packet again after you make this Taco Seasoning Blend! I started making my own blend about a year ago when I did the Whole30. I’m not against store bought blends, but it’s nice to know how easy it actually is to make your own!

The biggest part for me is that you know what’s in it. Some brands have additives that are just not necessary. Another important part for some is the sodium factor. Making your own allows you to control the salt. In fact, you can control each and every spice! Make it mild or make it spicy, however you and your family like it. If you’re a regular home cook you absolutely have most of these simple spices in your pantry already.

This recipe makes just one batch that I would use in one pound of meat for tacos, but can very easily be doubled, tripled, etc. if you want to keep a stash on hand. Just store it in an air tight container and its ready for any taco Tuesday! We’ve been eating my Turkey Taco Salad almost every week lately!

Use this Taco Seasoning Blend in ground turkey, beef, chicken, pork, or even for a roast rub! Also great on veggies or to spice up hash browns or breakfast potatoes. One of my favorite spices is Smoked Paprika. I use it ALL THE TIME and adds such a great smoky BBQ flavor to anything you’re making, highly recommend making it a staple! Here are a couple of my other favorite homemade blends:

BBQ Seasoning and Rub

Cajun Spice Blend

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Taco Seasoning Blend

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Laura Doerr


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano flakes
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (less if using fine table salt)
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine all spices and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle over ground beef, chicken, or turkey with a splash of water while browning the protein. Once meat is fully cooked through, taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

Double or triple the recipe to always have it on hand! Use one recipe portion for one pound of protein. 

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