June 25, 2012

Tacos are fantastic; everyone knows this. The trouble is with the taco seasoning – the freakishly iridescent orange color, the billion ingredients you can’t pronounce, the super high sodium content. Don’t get me wrong, we still used the stuff, but it was time for an upgrade. Enter: Homemade Taco Seasoning.

Makes about 20 servings

1 and 1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons dried oregano
4 tablespoons paprika
1/2 cup cumin
1/3 cup pepper

I multiplied the above recipe by 10 to store and use conveniently on future Taco Nights. Measure and pour all ingredients into a storage container.

A mason jar is perfect because when you’re done you can seal the lid and mix the ingredients really easily and thoroughly. Have fun saving your kidneys!

homemade taco seasoning
Serves: 20 servings
  • 1 and ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • ½ cup cumin
  • ⅓ cup pepper
  1. Measure and pour all ingredients into a storage container.
  2. Seal and mix thoroughly.



  • Chelsea

    How do you make a smaller batch of this? I don’t have near enough of each item to make this large of a batch.

  • Anonymous

    How do you make a smaller batch?

  • Geri

    How long can it be stored for?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’ve had mine for months!

  • Meghan hall

    Do you mix water with the 3 tablespoons and the meat?? If so how much

    • Rachel Schultz

      I do not.

  • Ashley

    For a mild version would you just omit the red pepper?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes. They’re not too spicy even including the pepper. I prefer mild myself.

  • Thanks for this great substitute! I made it today! http://hannahgj.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-taco-seasoning.html

    • Rachel Schultz

      Cool! Thanks for posting.

  • Brenda

    How much taco seasoning mix do you use per pound of hamburger when you pre-make a large mason jar of it?

    • Rachel Schultz

      About 3 tablespoons.


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