Make this Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning for Less

Those little individual seasoning packets? They’re expensive, plus you generate trash every time you use them. The big bulk bottles at Costco? Less expensive, but plastic. Happily, once you have the ingredients on hand, it takes just a few minutes to make your own homemade taco seasoning.

Be sure to try this homemade curry powder, too!

homemade taco seasoning in a glass jar

Those little packets of taco seasoning were standard fare when I was growing up. There was nothing wrong with the flavor that came out of those packets, but what I didn’t realize then is how crazy expensive they are, comparatively. These days, I buy my spices individually and mix up my own homemade taco seasoning. It’s an easy swap to make!

If you don’t have a place to purchase bulk spices in your ‘hood, check out World Spice Merchants. Their herbs and spices are great quality!

Related: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

spices for homemade taco seasoning in a silver bowl

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Homemade taco seasoning

This is a mild taco seasoning, offering plenty of flavor without a lot of heat. If you like things spicy, be sure to add the optional red pepper flakes, and consider increasing the quantity to fire it up.

We use this homemade taco seasoning for ground beef taco meat on a regular basis, but it’s also great with shredded chicken tacos. And we stir it into refried beans to make a spicy bean dip. It really is one of the easiest swaps you can make in your DIY pantry.

Buy your spices in bulk at the natural food store using these mini bags to tote them home – you’ve made some, right?? – and you’ll save on trips to the supermarket, avoid adding to the landfill, and save some cashola.
homemade taco seasoning in a glass jar

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homemade taco seasoning in a glass jar

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Skip the preservatives in the packet and make your own homemade taco seasoning mix.



  1. Measure ingredients into an airtight storage jar.
  2. Screw on lid and shake well until combined. 


To use: Stir 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning into a pound or so of browned ground meat along with 1-2 cups of water. Simmer until liquid is absorbed.

This recipe is gluten free.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 4gSugar: 1g

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This homemade taco seasoning recipe was originally published in January, 2012; it has been updated.

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About the author: Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She’s a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.

20 comments… add one
  • Jay Jan 24, 2021 @ 11:59

    Is the cornstarch just for the purpose of keeping it from clumping?

    • Kris Bordessa Jan 25, 2021 @ 11:50

      It helps thicken the taco meat. You can skip it and just cook the meat down longer if you like!

  • Carol L Nov 30, 2019 @ 18:06

    What is the purpose of the cornstarch?

  • Sariya Aug 24, 2018 @ 7:38

    I love the mix! Making your own seasoning is the right way to control what you eat!

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 21:58

    So easy to make and so good!

  • camiel Apr 2, 2015 @ 10:49

    Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been meaning to look for one! 2 cups of water seems like a lot to me though…

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 6, 2015 @ 7:46

      I like to simmer it for awhile to reduce it. You could certainly use less.

  • Robin Follette Oct 4, 2014 @ 23:37

    Thanks! This is great timing. I’m putting together my bulk spice order. I’ll be mixing up the blends I use and making more to use in Christmas gift baskets.

    • Kris Bordessa Oct 5, 2014 @ 7:34

      Great for holiday gifts!

  • Deri Oct 4, 2014 @ 22:20

    Can you give us a recipe for chilli con carne seasoning mix?

    • Kris Bordessa Oct 5, 2014 @ 7:34

      I’ll have to work on that!

  • Clarice Oct 25, 2013 @ 8:40

    How long does it last?

    • Kris Bordessa Oct 27, 2013 @ 11:07

      You mean how long will it store? As long as it’s air tight it’ll last for months.

  • MyKidsEatSquid Jan 25, 2012 @ 17:52

    My mom always made homemade taco seasoning growing up. Now I make batches of enchilada sauce with dried chiles that I then freeze and use those when I make tacos.

  • Alisa Bowman Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:23

    This is awesome. Can you do one for that Goya Saizon seasoning, too? I noticed that these spice packets all tend to have MSG, too, and sometimes trans fats. So it’s awesome to make at home instead.

  • Donna Hull Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:38

    This sounds so easy. I’ll definitely be making my own taco seasoning from now on.

  • Jane Boursaw Jan 22, 2012 @ 14:46

    Makes complete sense, and it’s economical and environmental, to boot.

  • NoPotCooking Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:48

    This is just about how I make mine. No reason to buy a pre-made mix when this is so easy to put together!

  • Living Large Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:14

    Wow, this does look good and easy too! We love tacos at our house. We’ll have to try this!

  • [email protected] Food. Stories. Jan 20, 2012 @ 16:59

    Awesome. We make our own seasoning at home too, since my husband is a taco fiend. Once you start whisking it up, you’ll forget you ever depended on those little packets!

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