This easy homemade taco seasoning recipe is a tasty blend of bold, rich flavor. Perfect for adding instant flavor to tacos, burritos, fajitas, soup, beans, vegetables, and more!
Have a few minutes? Let's make some taco seasoning!
Store-bought seasoning packets are convenient but nothing beats the freshness and versatility of making your own spice blends right at home.
This quick + easy homemade taco seasoning recipe is a great way to save money and control the ingredients (because it has no additives, preservatives, or excess sodium).
Plus it is made with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. (And you can easily customize + adjust them to your own taste!)
Ingredients for Taco Seasoning
Scroll down to the recipe for full amounts, but these are the spices you will need to grab from your pantry:
- Chili powder: Most often I either use "Simply Organic" brand chili powder, or whatever is in the bulk bins and my local co-op (usually "Frontier Co-op" brand). In my experience, most chili powders are mild to moderately spicy depending on how much cayenne pepper they contain.
- Ground cumin
- Dried oregano: Be sure your dried spices are fresh (not expired and past their prime) for best flavor and results.
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Smoked paprika
- Salt: I use fine grain salt for this recipe. You can add as much or as little as you prefer. For low-sodium or no sodium, simple reduce or leave it out.
Like it spicy? Add black pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes. Ground chipotle is also a great addition for some warm smokiness.
How to Make
Combine + shake: To make your taco seasoning, simply combine all the spices in a bowl or jar, then thoroughly shake or stir to mix it together. That's it!
Sealed container: Store it in a sealed glass mason jar at room temperature to have on hand whenever needed.
Storing time: We find it keeps for several months in an airtight container in the pantry.
Tip: I often make a larger batch by doubling, tripling, or quadrupling the recipe to save for later - super convenient!
A standard packet of taco seasoning mix typically equals 2 or 3 tablespoons of seasoning.
This recipe yields about 3 tablespoons, so it's a great match and replacement for one store-bought taco seasoning packet.
Note: This seasoning mixture is mild if using mild chili powder.
How to Make Taco Meat
This seasoning mix is great for making simple ground meat tacos. Since we are vegan, I often use Beyond Meat's plant-based grounds (or something similar) which works great. The general recipe is:
- 1 pound of vegan ground beef or meat crumbles
- 2-3 Tbsp. taco seasoning
- 1/3 cup water (more or less as desired)
Instructions: Simply brown your "meat" in a skillet first, then add the taco seasoning and water. (The water helps to combine and coat the crumbles evenly.) Then let it simmer for a few minutes until the water has absorbed.
Recipes with Taco Seasoning
Use this seasoning in a wide variety of dishes for instant, bold flavor. A few ideas include:
- Chickpea-Walnut Taco Crumbles (pictured above)
- Portobello Fajitas (pictured below)
- Southwest Tofu Burrito
- Black Bean Lentil Taco Soup
- Vegan Taco Salad with Southwestern Dressing
- Black Bean + Quinoa Fajita Burritos (freezer-friendly)
- Black Bean Tempeh Tacos
Tip: It's also great for general use on veggies, potatoes, rice, casseroles, soups, and more!
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder*
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika (or regular)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (more/less as desired)
Optional spicy additions:
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, a dash of cayenne pepper, or a dash of ground chipotle
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl or jar. Stir or shake until thoroughly combined.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container for later use. (It keeps for several months.)