Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade Taco Seasoning

It’s good to know (as best you can) what exactly is going into your recipes.  This homemade taco seasoning is packed with flavor, a little less on the sodium, and no preservatives.   Use it whenever you want to spice things up a bit…oh, and don’t worry, it’s not too spicy.  If you want it spicier, increase the cayenne.  So good and really easy!  Double or triple the recipe to keep on hand.  If using to make taco meat…cook the meat first, then add the seasoning (usually 1 ounce, then add 1 tablespoon of flour, then 1 cup of liquid, ie, stock).   Note:  This makes 2 ounces of seasoning (about 4 tablespoons).  The store-bought packets usually are 1 ounce (2 tablespoons).

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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This homemade taco seasoning is so much better than the packet variety, easy to make...and you control the ingredients. Adjust to your liking!
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 15
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning (I like Goya)
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients until fully mixed.
  2. Store in air-tight container.




  • Hey, Kris,
    My loon gave this taco seasoning a thumbs up. Hooray! We’re done with pricey packets, AND I had adobo seasoning I didn’t know what to do with. I hope to try some other recipes. You rock.

    • Hey Amanda!! Sorry for the delayed response. We’ve been in the midst of a move and things have been crazy. So glad you guys liked my taco seasoning a thumbs up!! We love it, too, and agree, so much better than the packaged stuff!! Thanks again!!!!! xoxox

  • Hi Kris,

    This sounds really yummy!!
    I also make my own taco seasoning but I have never thought to use adobo seasoning. What a great idea! I am going to try using it when I make my next batch.
    Have you ever tried “True Lemon” or “True Lime”? I always use True Lime in my taco season mix and it tastes great.

    • Hi Cyndi! I don’t think I’m familiar with ‘True Lemon’ or ‘True Lime’…I’m going to check that out. I agree that lime adds such a nice depth to Latin dishes. Now I’m on a mission!! Thank you!

  • Kris – out of curiosity, if used with taco meat – how much chopped meat does one portion (1 oz.) of the seasoning make? How much stock?, lets say per pound of meat..

    • Hi Mitch. I would use 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of the taco seasoning for 1 lb of chopped beef. To that I would add 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of flour (for thickener), stir to incorporate, then add about 2/3 cup of stock (or water). Cook until liquid has fully reduced down (shouldn’t be runny). Hope this answers your question. If not, let me know! Kris

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