How to Make Homemade Taco Seasonings

This multi-purpose seasoning mix is perfect for tacos, chili, fajitas or any Tex-Mex or Southwestern dish you love to make at home. Save money and time by having this quick and easy mix right in your pantry.

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All you need to make this versatile spice blend is warm spices and seasonings like cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, onion powder, coriander, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. These everyday spices when mixed together can be sprinkled over beef or turkey for taco night. Spoon couple of tablespoons into your slow cooker for chili or add to oil, lime juice and fresh garlic for a fantastic fajita marinade. Be certain to write the date on the top of jar (use a mason jar or any air tight container) and use within 3-4 months.

If you have ever read the ingredients in a typical packet of taco seasons you see words like this:

  • maltodextrin
  • corn starch
  • high oleic soybean oil
  • corn flour
  • silicon dioxide
  • dextrose
  • caramel color
  • yeast extract

I don’t know about you, but I want food not processed in a laboratory. Yeast extract is what is used commercially to make bread or beer, but not tacos.

What can I make with the seasoning mix?

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasonings

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Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson Course: Main Course, Soups, StewsCuisine: mexican, American, Tex Mex, MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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An easy all purpose spice blend for Mexican, Tex- Mex or Southwestern cooking


  • 3 TBSP ground cumin

  • 1 TBSP garlic powder

  • 1 TBSP onion powder

  • 1 TBSP chili powder

  • 2 TBSP coriander

  • 2 tsp paprika

  • 2 tsp sea salt

  • 2 tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and mix well with a spoon or small whisk.
  • Write the date on the jar and store in a cool dark pantry or cabinet


  • FOR TACOS: I add 2 TBSP of the mix to 1 lb of ground beef or turkey. Brown well and drain fat. Then add to the skillet- 2 TBSP of tomato paste, 1 can of tomatoes with chilies, 1 cup of water, 1 cup chopped onions.
  • FOR FAJITAS: marinate chicken or steak in 1/2 cup vegetable oil, juice of 1 lime, zest of one lime, 2 garlic cloves chopped and 1 TBSP of the seasoning mix. Grill until cooked through and serve over warm tortillas and grilled vegetables.

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