First try at homemade taco seasoning is a keeper!


Well, for the first time in my life on Sunday, I made homemade taco seasoning. Again, I ask myself why have I not been doing this all along. It is less expensive and free of unhealthy ingredients like MSG, autolyzed yeast and all of the other preservatives that are in the pre-packaged mixes. This was a fun kitchen experience and I actually had to pay close attention and write down what I was doing.


You see, I have never been one to follow recipes and oftentimes in the kitchen I do not use a recipe, I just put things together. Usually I have pretty good results but sometimes I fail miserably. Like last week, when I added too much stevia to my homemade chocolate. The whole batch tasted terrible. But now that I am writing this blog, I have to pay attention to the details…like how much of each spice I used…I have to be honest I was nervous to make the seasoning because my husband is pretty picky and I am not sure he is sold on my whole idea to not buy packaged seasonings anymore. But when we were at the grocery store Sunday he agreed to not buy a seasoning packet and he said I could try making it.

Oh no pressure at all. First off, I opened my spice cupboard and grabbed all of the spices I thought would be good in taco seasoning. I sat all of the bottles out on the counter and grabbed a measuring spoon and then the fun began. Below is the recipe and I can tell you it was well received. In fact, Doug (knowing how I cook) said I sure hope you wrote that down so we can make it again.  Whew! What a relief. Even though I wrote down the recipe I am pretty sure I will not make it exactly the same next time. Would be good to try a bit more oregano and more cayenne for heat. If you decide to make homemade taco seasoning (or maybe you already have an awesome recipe) let me know how you adjust the recipe. I would love to hear from you!


Homemade taco seasoning

1 tbsp. chili powder

1.5 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne

Mix together well. Use at least 2 tbsp. per 1 pound of meat. Add seasoning mix and 1/2 cup water to meat when it is fully cooked. Let simmer 15 minutes or so.



4 thoughts on “First try at homemade taco seasoning is a keeper!”

  1. 2 tbsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. paprika 1 tbsp. cumin 2 1/2 tsp. real salt 2 tsp. pepper Combine all ingredients and store in tightly closed container. I usually double or triple when I make. I usually put 2 tablespoons or so in a pound of meat. Don’t like to get it to spicy for my husband and kids.

    1. Thanks for sharing Katie! What a good mom making homemade seasoning for the family! Yes, not everyone likes spicy so this is great to have! And I love the idea of doubling or tripling the recipe. I definitely plan to do that next time I make it now that I know we like it!

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