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.

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
This is a super easy and tasty recipe for making your own delicious taco seasoning at home.
Categories: Seasoning
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: seasoning mix, taco seasoning mix, trader joe's taco seasoning
Servings: 4
Calories: 8 kcal
Author: A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 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.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 8 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Sodium 6.9mg0%
Carbohydrates 1.4g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 0.3g1%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

22 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

  1. I am looking for a copycat Trader Joes Taco Seasoning mix and I saw yours i hashtagged #traderjoes. So is this your substitute for a Trader Joes or a copy cat? Just asking because my sister loves their seasoning but lives in SCOTLAND and therefore needs to try and recreate it!

  2. 5 stars
    This is delicious and not too spicy. I tried using Trader Joe’s because it doesn’t have fillers, but it was way too hot for my husband. This is just right! I’m making this from now on!

    1. 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!

  3. Hi there 🙂

    I just used your recipe in my dinner and it turned out really awesome. Thanks for sharing!


  4. 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. 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!


  5. 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.

  6. Lacey, this was great! I’m so appreciative that you put it together. Since I found this recipe on Pinterest, I’ve reviewed it here: http://pineatreview.com/2012/02/24/homemade-taco-seasoning/. (Of course I gave you credit and links throughout.) Thanks again! –Denise

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

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