Homemade taco seasoning is fast and easy to make, and much healthier than the store-bought packets! Make a big batch today to have on hand for all your taco needs!
So I don’t know if you know, but it’s so simple to make your own homemade taco seasoning mix.
It’s ridiculously easy really.
You just measure out the spices, mix them together and bam! You are done.
Plus, you get to control the ingredients, which means you’ll have a mix that’s much lower in sodium than those store-bought packets and doesn’t contain any weird preservatives or unknown “flavor agents.”
What does that even mean? Cryptic and a little creepy.
But with homemade, you are safe and you can make enough to have it ready to go anytime!
Here are the spices you need for homemade taco seasoning:
- Chili powder, cumin, kosher salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and cayenne
You’ll just measure and mix those together and you’ll have some seriously delicious, fresh and amazing taco seasoning at the ready.
We love taco night around here so it’s great to have some on hand in the pantry at all times. Or to be able to replenish my stock anytime I need to to make more fun taco dishes.
Here are some favorite ways to use homemade taco seasoning:
- Turkey taco rice skillet
- Ground turkey tacos
- Slow cooker salsa verde pork tacos
- Turkey taco spaghetti squash boats
- Shrimp tacos with lime cabbage slaw
- Healthy chicken taco casserole
I even use it in my baked taco mac and cheese casserole – such a fun, family-friendly dinner!
Having homemade taco seasoning on hand means you can also use it to add great flavor to quick skillet dinners or sheet pan dinners.
Notes on making homemade taco seasoning:
– Feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne to control the heat. 🌶
– As written, this is squarely in the low-medium heat range, meaning it doesn’t seem at all spicy (even to my kids, who are sensitive to heat), it just adds flavor. But you can add more or less cayenne to suit your family’s tastes.
– After you’ve mixed up your homemade taco seasoning, just be sure to store in an air-tight container.
– I love these small pop-up OXO containers for storing homemade spice mixes. Some cute small glass jars would work too.
– Be sure to label them though because spice mixes can start to look the same.
– This spice mixture will keep in the pantry for up to 3 to 4 months.
Go on, whip up a batch and feel good about going homemade for your next taco night. You’ll never go back.
(And if you really want to step things up a few notches, check out this 5-minute homemade salsa too.)
Enjoy and happy cooking!
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- scant 3 tablespoons cumin
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- scant 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- Measure and mix all of the spices together. That's it!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months.
Feel free to adjust the amount of cayenne to your liking to make it more or less spicy. As written, it's a low-medium level; meaning, it doesn't taste spicy and my kids (who are sensitive to heat) are totally fine with it.
Serving Size:About 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2355mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g