Ok we all love a good taco and burrito but is their a quick taco seasoning recipe you can use instead of the usual store packet variety?

Of course there is!

It only takes a few teaspoons of some spices – that you’ll likely have on hand at home already, mix them altogether with some mince, a little water and tomato paste and voila!  You’re in business.  The pro’s for making your own taco seasoning recipe are pretty good.


  • It’s super cheap. A few teaspoons of this and that go a long way and cheaper than the store bought ones. Plus you can make a bulk version to have on hand ready to go.
  • You know exactly what goes into it (no ingredients that you’re unsure of what they actually are)
  • You can customize it to suit your taste by tweaking more or less of the spices you love.
  • Spice things up to extra hot or make it mild for the kiddo’s.
  • Most of these ingredients on hand at home in your pantry already so you’re sweet as.
  • Make a great cute Christmas Gift for those who love to cook or popped into a hamper bundle.


Taco Seasoning Recipe Ingredients (1)




Why Goes into Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe?


Garlic powder – it’s all around the garlic.

Onion powder – if you are using fresh onion in your mince mix you can omit this it you like.

Oregano – love these little crushed leaves and makes it so nice.

Cumin – an all rounder spice and you’ll get use out of this one for so many other recipes.

Paprika – with so many variations of paprika available we’ve gone with the sweet one.

Chili powder – as much or as little to give it the va va voom.

Salt – adjust to the saltiness you like.  This recipe has 2 teaspoons.

Pepper – fine black pepper

Soft brown sugar – this is optional but we think makes it just that much nicer.



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How to Use Your Taco Seasoning Recipe

Start by browning that ground minced meat, then sprinkle in the taco seasoning recipe. Give it a sauté for a couple of minutes to let those spices dance and toast to pure deliciousness. Add half a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste.  Cook through till all nicely combined. This Taco Seasoning Recipe is for 1 kilo of meat.


How To Store Your Taco Seasoning Mix

Store your taco seasoning mix in an airtight container or a screw top jar in the pantry.  We usually make a batch and it’s for a1 kg amount of mince.  But if you are only using a small amount of mince half of this mixture would be prefect for 500gm of meat.


Your taco seasoning will store as well as the freshness of the herbs and spices you used to make the taco seasoning blend.  Dried herbs and spices slowly lose their flavor over time, so it’s recommended to use the taco seasoning within one year.


Use Your Taco Seasoning Recipe As a Gift in Hampers

Want to impress your loved ones? Give them a gift they’ll love – homemade taco seasoning! This magic blend will transform any meal, from tacos to burritos and beyond. And guess what? They’re going to love it. It’s a breeze to make – (as you already know) and you can pop into a jar, label it with a few recipe directions and they can add some sizzle to their cooking with your very own taco seasoning mix!


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What Else Can I Use This Taco Seasoning Recipe On?

Rubbed over chicken can make this a yummy variation to the normal grilled breast. You can try making some homemade nachos by topping tortilla chips with melted cheese and taco seasoning. You can also use it as a dry rub for grilled steak too.

You may like to use this taco seasoning  in our Chili Con Carne recipe with our Crunchy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips recipe.



Taco Seasoning Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Taco Seasoning Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

Discover the magic of homemade taco seasoning - it's preservative-free, bursting with authentic flavors, and a budget-friendly alternative to store-bought options. And here's the best part. Customize the flavor to your liking, adding a fiery kick of chili for those craving a hot Mexican adventure! 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade taco seasoning, taco seasoning
Calories: 19 kcal
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt vary according to your own taste
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar (optional)
How To Use
  1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.

  2. Brown your meat in a pan with a little olive oil.

  3. Add the taco seasoning - either half ( 2.5 tablespoons) for 500gms of mince or all for 1 kilo of mince.

  4. Add half a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste.

  5. Cook until beautifully combined and smells amazing. Usually around 5-10 minutes.

  6. Serve with tortillas, corn chips lettuce, tomato, grated cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. Yumm.

How To Gift in a Jar
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

  2. Using a funnel and carefully pour into a dry screw top jar.

  3. Label with "how to directions" and add a decorative ribbon and give as a gift to your loved ones.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was  sourced, tried, tested and familiarized with a few changes from Recipe Tin Eats

How To Store.

Pop into an airtight container and store in your pantry. 

Nutrition Facts
Taco Seasoning Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.4g1%
Saturated Fat 0.04g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 782mg34%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 181IU4%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Where To Buy Herbs

You can buy herbs easily and cheaply at any supermarket or farmers market.  You can also find online herb wholesalers with  much larger quantities. Happy Taco mixing friends!



About Sonya

Taco Seasoning Recipe 1Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.