Hands down, this easy homemade DIY taco seasoning recipe is THE BEST. It’s not too spicy, not too mild, WAY better than the packet. We use it for ground beef taco meat and my kids always clean their plates. It’s a great replacement for all the other brands and will save money on your meal plan budget!
What we don’t love, is store-bought taco seasoning.
So I use this homemade taco seasoning recipe instead and it hits tacos out of the ballpark, every single time!
I confess that I haven’t always made my own homemade taco seasoning. I mean, I used to all the time…
And then we did the Whole30. For those who don’t know, the Whole30 is an elimination diet which doesn’t allow any sugar, soy, dairy, legumes, gluten or grains.
For those who do know, the Whole30 will put your label reading skills to the ultimate test! Even the best label readers should be on their toes, because there are hidden sugars (among other unhealthy things I’m sure) in the most unlikely of places…
- Liquid smoke
- Worcestershire sauce
- Fish sauce
- Oyster sauce
- “Healthy” brands of lunchmeat
And there’s sugar in many dried spices too, including store-bought poultry seasoning and taco seasoning.
I overcame poultry seasoning easy enough with this delicious homemade poultry seasoning blend. It’s made up of spices I tend to have on hand anyway, and since we use it as a general all-purpose spice on potatoes, vegetables and nearly all meats (except beef), I can make as much as I need to.
Since tacos aren’t nearly as delicious without taco seasoning, it was high time I perfected my own homemade taco seasoning recipe!
How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
There are several pros to making your own spice blends:
You can adjust homemade spice blends to suit your tastes.
We like it flavorful and medium. You might like it straight up hot. Or maybe you have little ones who need it mild for their young taste buds, but you want it to still have enough pizzazz for you too.
When you make your own spice blends, smell and taste each spice as you add it to the blend. Becoming familiar with what each individual spice tastes like will help you create the perfect blend for you and your family.
Cumin and chili powder are both in this homemade taco seasoning recipe, but they each have different flavor profiles. You may want more cumin and less chili powder – taste them and experiment!
It’s a whole lot cheaper to make your own spice blends.
One packet of taco seasoning costs 98¢ for one ounce (that’s just 2 Tbsp) on Amazon. I know for a fact I can make the same amount of taco seasoning for mere pennies – especially when I buy my spices at either ALDI or Walmart. (If you’re curious which is cheaper, ALDI or Walmart, read this article.)
Plus buying single spices means I can re-use them as needed for other recipes. Cumin is one of the key spices in my best ever slow cooker refried beans, but I would never recommend substituting taco seasoning in its place. It’s just not the same!
Making your own spice blends is generally healthier.
I say generally here because you could probably go to your local health food store and buy taco seasoning that doesn’t have too much junk in it… but you’re also going to pay an arm and a leg.
Instead, make your own! You can control exactly what goes into your blend and make sure it meets whatever standard of healthy you’re looking for.
- If you don’t want salt, then skip it!
- If you can’t have corn, you can avoid the cornstarch!
- If you don’t want sugar, this recipe doesn’t have it!
Obviously I use this seasoning in my ground beef taco meat recipe, but homemade taco seasoning isn’t just for the meat!
- I’ve added this to season cauliflower rice and it was SO GOOD.
- I’ve also added it to crispy potato wedges and to homemade breakfast sausage, to flavor almond crusted baked chicken and in a pinch to make homemade guacamole.
- This homemade taco seasoning recipe is also a staple in my easy tortilla soup and if I have a Mexican-food theme on my meal plan, then I’ll use it to flavor my Instant Pot whole chicken too!
- You could even add it to the easiest scrambled eggs and to spice up homemade chicken nuggets.
I’m thinking you really can’t go wrong with shaking a bit of homemade taco seasoning on everything, right?
Storing Homemade Taco Seasoning
Anytime I buy spices at ALDI (where they’re only 99¢), I keep the glass jars. They’re very similar to this kind, and they line up so nicely in my spice cabinet. Here’s how I remove the labels, and then I use a sharpie to write what blend is inside (sharpie doesn’t wipe off easily, but you can wash it off with soap and water).
- 2 Tbsp chili
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp garlic
- ½ tsp onion
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp oregano
- Combine all ingredients in a glass jar.
- Shake well and use as desired.