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How to Make Taco Seasoning

Updated On: Jun 10, 2024

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My Taco Seasoning is simple and economical. A delicious blend of herbs and spices to season meats, dips, and sauces. Keep on hand in your pantry to make Taco Tuesday easy and tasty.

how to make taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning Started it All

Farmgirl Gourmet began in October of 2006 as a diary of sorts and morphed into a Top 100 Food blogs by 2011. In 2013, I joined forces with a chef to create a spice company called Spiceology that quickly took my focus away from making recipes here , but definitely kept me recipe developing and ideating by creating some of Spiceology’s most popular spice blends like: Cowboy Crust , Nashville Hot Chicken , and other spice blends for companies like Williams-Sonoma , celebrities, chefs, and high profile content creators like Derek Wolf .

I really love putting flavors together to create something delicious and I hope you enjoy this recipe for homemade taco seasoning as much as I do.

diy taco seasoning

Ingredients for the seasoning blend:

  • Chili Powder what is the difference between regular chili powder and New Mexico chile Powder? Regular chili powder is a blend of different types of red chiles and spices while New Mexico Chile Powder is only ground New Mexico chile peppers.
  • Garlic Granules or Powder – for this recipe, whichever you have on hand will work. I personally like granules better than powder for the texture and less talc-like consistency.
  • Cumin Seed, Ground – is one of my favorite single spices for it’s incredible aroma.
  • Onion Granules or Powder – the same as above with garlic, use what you have but granules is my favorite.
  • Mexican Oregano – the difference between Mexican oregano and Mediterranean oregano is 1) geography, but 2) the flavor profiles of both are quite different. Mexican oregano is more earthy while Mediterranean is more floral.
  • Smoked Paprika adds color with a little smoke hint that gives this taco seasoning a boost of flavor. You can substitute Hungarian or Regular paprika if you choose.
  • Red Pepper Flake/Chili Flakes – if you’re not a fan of chili flakes, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or omit entirely if you’d rather not have any kick.
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper – the staple duo that really belongs in almost every kind of savory cooking. Kosher salt is less dense than table salt, so if you only have table salt on hand, half the quantity in the recipe and taste to adjust to your liking.

Find the printable recipe with exact measurements and instructions below.

How to make taco seasoning

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container.

spices needed for homemade taco seasoning

Tips for Storing

  • Keep in an airtight jar or container out of direct sunlight or heat. This will keep your spice blend fresh for the next use.

Here are some great recipes on Farmgirl Gourmet that use taco seasoning:

homemade taco seasoning

Easy Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is so simple to make at home and is easy to customize to your spice preference or heat level without the additives or anti-caking agents.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 Servings



  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1gCalories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 809mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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