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Taco Seasoning From Scratch – Make Your Own Healthier Version

Why buy premade, prepackaged taco seasoning that’s full of who knows what? It’s so easy to make taco seasoning from scratch!

I haven’t bought packaged taco seasoning for years. Like years and years. I mean, have you ever read the ingredients on those packages? Ack. For a long time I used to just mix spices into taco meat as I made it. But then I realized that by mixing up my taco seasoning from scratch ahead of time in larger batches I could save time with meal prep.

Just like having a package in the cupboard.

Only I can pronounce each of the ingredients in mine!

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning From Scratch!

Taco Seasoning From Scratch

Taco Seasoning From Scratch

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Why buy premade, prepackaged taco seasoning that's full of who knows what? It's so easy to make taco seasoning from scratch!


  • 7 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 3 tsp sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients in an air tight container.
  2. Store in a cool dry place.
  3. Use with chili, meat for tacos and other Mexican dishes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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  1. Margaret says

    I’m trying different versions of homemade shake ‘n bake and hamburger helper. So much tastier and much much less salt than the packaged stuff

  2. amelied says

    Shannon – you’re a legend!

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have jumped on board the “I Quit Sugar” train and couldn’t find a recipe for healthy taco seasoning anywhere – so my taco meat has been pretty bland of late.

    But not any more.

  3. Diania Abernathy says

    Is this for one recipe/batch? ie: one package of taco seasoning? Do you use it like taco seasoning in that you mix with 3/4 C of water?

    • Shannon says

      Sorry Diania, I should have clarified. No this makes more than enough for several meals. I use a few tablespoons for each meal of tacos. And yes add water to help it simmer into the meat.

  4. Kathryn May says

    Your site is the great. Thank you for sharing your incredible ideas and easy to follow instructions. The taco seasoning is excellent!

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