This homemade Taco Seasoning is quick and easy to make, with just 8 ingredients. Make a large batch and never go back to store-bought seasoning again!
Use it to make the best Taco Meat, Taco Casserole, or delicious dressing for my Black Bean Taco Salad.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
My pantry and fridge are filled with homemade versions of pantry staples. I make my own salad dressings, pasta sauces, and seasonings. There is a condition: they need to be easy to make. This homemade Taco Seasoning is just perfect! I made a version that is as close to the store-bought kind as I can, without any additives. I add cornstarch because I like my taco meat saucy and thick. You can use this seasoning as you would a packet of seasoning.
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried oregano
How much does this recipe make?
This recipe can be used to make 4 meals (with ground meat or chicken). Use 2 tablespoons just like you would use a packet of store-bought seasoning.
How to store this seasoning?
I store it in a jar with a lid. You can also use a small ziploc bag. Write down with a sharpie pen what it is so you will know you are using the right seasoning.
How to use homemade taco seasoning:
For every pound of meat, use 2 tablespoons of seasoning. If you are looking for the thick saucy taco mixture, add the cornstarch to the seasoning mix and add ½ cup of water to the meat. Simmer until thick.
I use this taco seasoning in these recipes:
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If you like this recipe and make it, let me know in the comments below! Don't forget to rate it if you enjoyed it!
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 8 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 8 teaspoons cornstarch
- Place all seasoning in a jar and whisk together.
- Use 2 tablespoons per 1 pound of meat or as the recipe calls for.
- You can use this seasoning as you would a packet of store-bought seasoning, if you add the cornstarch.
- If you need just enough taco seasoning for one meal, use the following measurements: 1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, ½ teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon paprika.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Mel D says
I love having my own taco seasoning on hand bc I know what's in it. I made this recipe 1.5xs bc i got like having bulk n it turned out that all the measurements came out in Tbs so I didn't have to even get out my tsp, that's a total bonus to me bc I hate that lol. So if u would like to make a jar full as I do here's the measurements:
6Tbs chili powder,
1 Tbs garlic,
1 Tbs onion,
1 Tbs salt,
1 Tbs pepper
4 Tbs corn starch
Thank you so much, Mel!
Paula Rainey says
I have been making my own taco seasoning for quite some time but have never used cornstarch. What is the purpose of the cornstarch?
Hi Paula! My goal was to make a homemade version of the taco seasoning packet you can buy in the store. It has cornstarch or a thickening agent. Once added to your dish along with the water it thickens. I hope this helps! You can always leave it out if you like.
This is my favorite diy taco seasoning recipe, thank you!
So convenient to have on hand! Thanks for sharing.
Laura Reese says
I LOVE MAKING THIS. IT IS SO NICE TO KNOW WHAT IS IN IT. THANKS FOR THIS EASY RECIPE.
Krissy Allori says
This is great! I love making my own spices so I know exactly what is in them. Thanks!