Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

When Dustin and I were first dating, he used to cook with store-bought, pre-packaged spice mixes all the time.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

He’d use them to make meals like Stroganoff, fajitas and tacos.  They were what his dad used, so they were what he used.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Well, over time, as I became more comfortable in the kitchen (and in our relationship!), I decided to start trying my own seasoning mixes, rather than the packaged ones.

What a difference!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Today, you won’t find any store-bought seasoning packets in our house.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I happily changed Dustin’s mind and hope to change yours, too.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Making your own homemade taco seasoning mix will also eliminate those unnecessary ingredients like MSG, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, silicon dioxide and other not-so-fun preservatives from your food.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
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This is a super easy and tasty recipe for making your own delicious taco seasoning at home.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 2½ pounds of meat
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
  1. Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in an airtight container if not using right away.


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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

18 comments… add one

  1. Connie October 3, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I can’t wait to make this. I have been trying to make all of my spice mixes due to all the preservatives. I was surprised to see ginger in this recipe. Love your blog. Take care and have a great week.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 11, 2011, 10:07 pm

      I love my ginger :) I think it adds a unique zest to the taco seasoning. Thanks again, Connie!

  2. Jaime Lynn Braden November 11, 2011, 1:53 pm

    How many tablespoons of this would you use per pound of meat? Thanks! I’m excited about the ginger addition. :)

  3. Jaime Lynn Braden November 11, 2011, 1:54 pm

    P.S. Where did you get the adorable little container? I want some!

  4. Stanley December 21, 2011, 9:56 am

    Hi, You taco spice recipe looks very good. I just wanted to check what the difference is between chili powder and cayenne pepper. I think in most cases chili powder is a commercial spice mix in its own right.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef December 28, 2011, 2:40 pm

      Hi Stanley. You are correct that Chili Powder is a mixture of spices (like cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic, oregano and paprika). Cayenne Pepper is ground hot red cayenne pepper. I hope that helps!

  5. jonh habanero March 10, 2012, 8:21 pm

    Darn good!

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 6, 2012, 1:11 am

    I had no idea that taco seasoning was doable at home. I actually have all the spices in my pantry!

  7. Ann November 27, 2012, 4:45 pm

    This is great! Thank you so much.
    I like to use Garden of Eatin’ Blue Corn taco shells.
    My daughter wants to try this seasoning in burgers,
    And I plan to try it with black beans and rice.

  8. nancy January 10, 2013, 9:10 am

    Love your site. Can you please tell me how many TBSPNS would equal 1 package of seasoning? I would love to substitute your homemade with store bought but not sure of amounts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef January 11, 2013, 9:57 pm

      Hi Nancy! Unfortunately, I don’t have a great transfer for tbsp as compared to the store bought seasoning packets. But, as a starting point, I recommend using this whole recipe for about 2 pounds of meat. I hope that helps!


  9. Rachelle May 1, 2013, 3:32 am

    Made this and love it! Printing for my cookbook! :)

  10. Cindy Bloodgood April 2, 2014, 10:58 am

    Looks great but is there any need for liquid? Thanks!

    1. Lacey Baier April 3, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Hi Cindy! It really depends in what you’ll be cooking for the tacos (chicken, tri tip, ground beef, shrimp, etc.) as to whether you want to add some liquid like chicken broth. This seasoning mix is intended to give you the spices you need to build the base on. Hope that helps!


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