Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

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
Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 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!

Adapted from Allrecipes.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning



  1. You can talk about FSU all you want….Go Noles! I didn’t hide in the bathroom, but I certianly agree that it was a hard game to watch! I made the Whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread and it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This, homemade breadcrumbs and zaatar are a total staple in my cupboard. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is such fun and so simple. I always get lazy when making Mexican and dragging out all of the spices. I pick two or three and call it a day even though having the full array would be much better. This is the solution!

  4. This is so much better than the store-bought seasoning. I bet it’s cheaper, too. Love it!

  5. How much do you use in the meat?

  6. This spice mix looks perfect! Your images are so beautiful – I’m not sure how you made spices look so appetizing! How do you create photos with text on them? I’ve finally figured out that there is no way to do it in Lightroom, but do you create them using an online photo editor or manually on your computer?

    • Hi Lindsey, I use Photoshop to edit my photos and add text. I am not as familiar with Lightroom so I don’t know if you can or not there. If not, you can always upload them to PicMonkey after you are done editing and add text there. It is free to use.

  7. Thanks for replying, Stephanie! I don’t have Photoshop and I finally figured out the Lightroom doesn’t have the same capability (so odd). I did try PicMonkey but eventually ended up adding an application to my Mac that allows you more freedom!

  8. Awesome thanks for the recipe quite handy when you are snowbound

  9. This is the second time I’ve made a batch….your recipe is now my “go to” taco seasoning! I’ll never buy the pouches again! Thaks~

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