Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and more flavorful than store-bought! It's easy to make with spices you already have in your pantry.

Taco seasoning

Why buy taco seasoning in a packet when you can make your own?! This homemade taco seasoning recipe uses basic spices that you likely have in your pantry already, and you can stir it together in less than 5 minutes. Once you learn how to make it, you’ll never get the store-bought stuff again!

One of the biggest reasons I make my own taco seasoning is that I can tweak the balance of flavors. The recipe below yields a blend I love—it’s savory and smoky with a subtle kick of heat. When you make it, don’t hesitate to adjust it to suit your tastes. Want it smokier? Go heavy on the paprika. All about that spice? Add more chili powder. You have complete control with this DIY recipe.

Taco seasoning ingredients

How to Make Taco Seasoning

This recipe calls for 9 simple ingredients:

  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • And sea salt!

Making it is as simple as adding these spices to a small bowl or Mason jar and stirring to combine. Adjust the balance of flavors to taste!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Spices segmented in bowl with wooden spoon

How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning

This DIY taco seasoning is a great way to punch up the flavor in all kinds of homemade dishes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it:

How do you like to use this tasty spice mix? Let me know in the comments!

Mixing together homemade taco seasoning

How to Store Taco Seasoning

Store this homemade seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

The recipe yields a modest quantity, about 2 tablespoons, but you can easily scale it up to make a big batch. Keep it on hand to spice up whatever you’re cooking!

How much DIY seasoning equals one store-bought packet?

Want to use this DIY spice blend instead of a store-bought seasoning packet? No problem!

This recipe yields about 2 tablespoons, which is equivalent to the amount in most store-bought packets of taco seasoning mix. Use it as a 1:1 sub for a packet of taco seasoning in your favorite Mexican and Tex Mex recipes.

Taco seasoning recipe

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Taco Seasoning

rate this recipe:
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is cheaper and more flavorful than store-bought! Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.



  • In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.


Yield: About 2 tablespoons


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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Ramon Henriquez

    5 stars
    I like it on roasted potatoes,onions and peppers. I did add extra paprika and used ground cayenne pepper instead of the crushed chilies.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Simone

    Does this make enough for one package? Thank you. All your recipes look so delicious.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Simone, it makes about 2 tablespoons which should be the equivalent of most packages.

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