Homemade Taco Seasoning in a clear glass jar with a yellow napkin

You guys, did you watch the BCS National Championship game on Monday? If so, then you know that the Florida State Seminoles won! If you didn’t know this about me already, I am a triple alum of FSU and was so nervous about the game that I physically could not watch it. We watched the first quarter and the Noles weren’t doing so good and we turned it off. Then, I kept getting updates online or through family texts. In the last few minutes of the game, both teams were scoring back and forth and it was so intense. My husband wanted to watch the last minute of the game, but I couldn’t deal so I went and hid in the bathroom. Yes, I hid. Then I heard him shouting, “they scored!!”. With 13 seconds left. And won! AHHH!!! I didn’t feel too well yesterday to begin with, but after that game, I felt even worse. Seriously, who would think that a football game could cause such anxiety?! I woke up yesterday morning feeling like I was hungover even though I didn’t drink an ounce of alcohol the night before. Such an exciting game and I’m so proud to be a Seminole!

Homemade Taco Seasoning spices on a white a plate

Ok, I will stop talking about football now so that we can talk about this homemade taco seasoning. I don’t know about you guys, but we go through a lot of taco seasoning in this house, particularly for making Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos. But I love having it on hand for seasoning meat for any Mexican dish I make. Not only is it expensive to buy those pre-mixed packets, but they also contain other random ingredients that are not necessary! I’m willing to bet you probably already have most, if not all, of these spices in your cabinet already! It takes only a few minutes to mix this up and you can make as much or as little as you want! I’m done with those packets! Also, making my own spice mixes totally reminds me of those sand art craft kits from when I was younger, you know what I am talking about right?!

Homemade Taco Seasoning spices on a plate
Homemade Taco Seasoning in a clear glass jar

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Yield: about 2 tablespoons

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Homemade Taco Seasoning - forget the packaged stuff and make your own taco seasoning with spices right in your cabinet!


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, can adjust for heat)


  1. Add all spices to a bowl or container. Mix well.  Store in an airtight container or spice jar.


The cayenne pepper is optional, but I added some for heat. You can leave it out entirely, add more or add less, whatever you prefer!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Homemade Taco Seasoning spices on a white plate

Homemade Taco Seasoning Collage