This homemade taco seasoning takes only a moment to make and will replace your store bought seasoning packets. Made with easy to find spices that may already be in your pantry.
Do you have a weekly taco night for dinner? If so, you'll love this taco seasoning because it's easy to make, filled with flavor, and easy to customize to suit your tastes.
What can you use taco seasoning for? Taco seasoning is used in the US to season ground beef, chicken, steak, or shrimp in Tex-Mex or Southwestern style dishes. It can also be used to season dishes like chili, casseroles, or soups.
This taco seasoning is made with spices that you probably already have on hand in your own pantry. Plus, making your own at home is much more flavorful than the store bought packets! Once you make your own, you'll never go back to the store bought version again.
For this recipe, you'll need:
- chili powder
- black pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- red pepper flakes
- dried oregano
- red cayenne pepper
While it looks like a long list, you'll appreciate the complex flavor of this taco seasoning. I couldn't believe how much more flavorful my homemade seasoning was compared to a store bought mix.
It's especially important to use new herbs and spices. The longer your dried herbs and spices sit, the more their flavors will dull. Fresh dried spices are always best!
How much taco seasoning do I need?
Add 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning per half pound of meat. This works for shrimp, beef, chicken - any protein you'd like to season. This adds a medium amount of heat.
If you prefer a very mild flavor, use 1 teaspoon of seasoning per half pound of meat.
Remember - it's impossible to remove seasoning once it's been added in. Start slow and add more to taste!
How long does taco seasoning last?
Stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container, homemade taco seasoning will keep for up to six months.
While your taco seasoning will not technically "go bad" after six months, it will lose its flavor and potency.
How much is in a store bought packet?
Store bought packets contain about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning. Use 2 tablespoons of homemade seasoning to substitute in any recipe calling for one packet of store bought seasoning.
Ways to use taco seasoning
Looking for more unique ways to use homemade taco seasoning? Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
- Slow cooker shredded chicken tacos
- Shrimp tacos with jalapeño lime slaw
- Ground pork tacos
- Sweet potato black bean tacos (vegetarian)
Soups and chilis:
Other dinner ideas:
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon red cayenne pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Store in an airtight container.
- For every half pound of meat, add 2 teaspoons of spice and up to ¼ cup of water to create a sauce. This will give you a medium amount of heat. Feel free to add as much as you'd like to taste.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to fill your favorite spice jar.
- As a general rule of thumb, 1 teaspoon per half pound of meat adds a mild flavor. 2 teaspoons per half pound of meat adds a medium spice level. For spicier flavor, add one tablespoon (or more) per half pound of meat.
- Stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, homemade taco seasoning will keep for six months or more.