Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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You'll love making your own healthy, homemade taco seasoning mix. No fillers, MSG, or weird chemicals--and you can make it as hot or mild as you like!

J-man (age 11) recently discovered a song called "It's Raining Tacos." (You can check it out here.)  I think our family would love it if it rained tacos--they request them every week when I'm meal planning.

Because we grow and dry a lot of our own herbs, I thought it would be fun to make my own taco mix. That way, I know exactly what's in it (no MSG or fillers, for example) and I can make it hot or mild, depending on our tastes.

It took a few tries (including some 4-alarm spicy fails!), and we ended up with this as our favorite combination of flavor and spice.

You can use this taco seasoning mix with beef, turkey, or chicken--ground or shredded. Yes, this is a great way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving!

It's easy to make homemade taco seasoning mix with no preservatives or fillers.

Tools Used to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix:

Here are the tools I recommend to make this recipe quickly and easily:

Wide-Mouthed Canning Jars: perfect for holding the seasoning and keeping it fresh

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

This makes enough seasoning mix for 1 pound of meat.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons chili powder (store-bought or homemade)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Cayenne pepper or dried jalapenos to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and store in a canning jar or other airtight container. Add to 1 pound of cooked hamburger or ground turkey with 1/2 cup of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

 

 

If your family is taco-crazy like mine, you'll probably want to make a giant batch of taco seasoning mix and store it in the pantry.

Here's  a jumbo-sized version of the recipe:

Taco Seasoning Mix: Giant Batch

2 cups chili powder (store-bought or homemade)

1/4 cup cumin

1/4 cup coriander

scant 1/4 cup garlic salt

3 Tablespoons dried oregano

Cayenne pepper or dried jalapenos to taste (start with 1 Tablespoon)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and store in a canning jar or other airtight container. Add 1/4 cup of mix and 1/2 cup water for every pound of cooked hamburger or ground turkey. Simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

Other Uses for Taco Seasoning Mix

Because everything is better when it's taco-flavored. (Well, almost everything...)

Add 1/4 cup to flavor a batch of Crockpot Refried Beans

Homemade taco seasoning mix gives zesty flavor to homemade refried beans.

Mix with softened butter and spread on corn on the cob

Add to grilled chicken or steak for fajitas

Sprinkle on french fries or tater tots (if you like flavored fries, check out my favorite french fry seasoning)

Toss with roasted cauliflower

Spice up your baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

scoop of taco seasoning mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Yield: This makes enough seasoning mix for 1 pound of meat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

You'll love making your own healthy, homemade taco seasoning mix. No fillers, MSG, or weird chemicals--and you can make it as hot or mild as you like!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper or dried jalapenos, to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and store in a canning jar or other airtight container.
  2. Add to 1 pound of cooked hamburger or ground turkey with 1/2 cup of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
  3. If your family is taco-crazy like mine, you’ll probably want to make a giant batch of taco seasoning mix and store it in the pantry.

Notes

Because everything is better when it’s taco-flavored:

  • Add 1/4 cup to flavor a batch of Crockpot Refried Beans
  • Mix with softened butter and spread on corn on the cob
  • Add to grilled chicken or steak for fajitas
  • Sprinkle on french fries or tater tots (if you like flavored fries, check out my favorite french fry seasoning)
  • Toss with roasted cauliflower
  • Spice up your baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
You'll love making your own healthy, homemade taco seasoning mix. No fillers, MSG, or weird chemicals--and you can make it as hot or mild as you like!

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16 Comments

  1. 8thsinner on January 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I add similar ingredients plus a pinch of mustard powder, tumeric and paprika to 50/50 cream cheese and creme fresh, blended, then add equal to total volume, your favourite cheese. then microwave it for about 30 seconds to make an amazing cheesy taco dip, perfect in wraps, for wedges etc..

  2. Christine Schmidt on January 2, 2014 at 7:36 am

    How do you make your own chili seasoning? I’m on a sugar-restricted diet and have a hard time finding sugar-free chili mix.

  3. Cassy on August 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

    We use a very similar recipe, only add paprika. 🙂

  4. Iris Vermillion on August 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    This is awesome! My son has celiac & a lot of taco seasonings have wheat in it. This will make all of our lives easier!

  5. Natalie on February 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you! I have been trying to replace as many store-bought items as possible and have been looking for a recipe for this. I will try it this week.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Anonymous on July 7, 2012 at 2:15 am

    For the best ever bean dip, add three tablespoons of the taco mix to a 15 ounce can of refried beans, 1/4 cup sour cream and 8 ounces of jack cheese. Mix well, bake in a oven proof container for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly. Enjoy! Gail.

  7. Anonymous on July 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    You could also dry your own garlic from fresh garlic minced, and use sea salt.

  8. Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I would think you could use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. (thats what I use)

  9. me on April 11, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Excellent! Exactly the recipe I’ve been wishing for. ~Mrs. Quirk

  10. Melissa on April 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Looks good!

    Here from Ultimate Recipe Swap.

  11. Ellen on April 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for this – if salt is an issue here, what would you recommend to keep the flavoring? I’ve been wanting to make our own batches of taco seasoning since we use this about once a week.

  12. Melissa on March 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

    This is the best taco seasoning! We don’t use anything else. Remember when you made those amazing tacos for the girls’ night. I couldn’t sto talking about how delish they were. And it was all in the seasoning. 😉

  13. Bill Bird on February 21, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Yep — that’s good stuff Mama. Wifey and I do the same here — although I’m a tad more partial to the garlic salt. Mom always used to buy those packaged mixes? Blech!

    • Helen BC on November 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Next time you use your Owen, after is cooling down (Empty) …… AD on the sliced Garlic (low temperature)… when Garlic slices dried – in a spice blender, blend them with your choice of Salt (I use Pink Himalayan Salt) and voila you have Home-made GARLIC SALT with no MSG & preservatives that’s cost pennies :o) …..
      This can be also done with Ginger for GINGER SALT (for meat) or GINGER SUGAR (for Cookies)

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