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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Keeping homemade taco seasoning on-hand makes it easy to make a last-minute taco meal when you're tight on time.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Tacos, Taco Seasoning
Servings: 5 (1 Tbsp. Servings)
Author: Heather Mangieri, RDN


  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Combine the spices together in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to an airtight jar for storage.
    Before each use, shake the jar well to combine the spices.


  • Recipe makes 5 Tbsp of seasoning mix
  • ~1 tsp = 1 taco
  • For tacos, mix 2-3 Tbsp. seasoning per pound of protein. Combine with 2/3 cup water and simmer until water and spices are fully absorbed into the meat.
  • 3 Tbsp. seasoning mix is equal to a 4 oz. packet of store bought seasoning mix. 
Nutrition Facts: 1 Tbsp. = 30 calories, 6 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram protein, 1 gram fat, 540 mg sodium