Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade taco seasoning mix can be used in place of the more expensive pre-packaged taco seasoning mix at the store. Blend together spices out of your own kitchen to create your own homemade taco seasoning mix. You can save money by making your own homemade taco seasoning mix and it’s just as tasty as what you buy in the packaged taco seasoning mix.

three beef tacos

Homemade taco seasoning mix is very easy to make. All you need to do is measure out a few ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

Why not save money and make your own taco seasoning mix? I have been making this mix for almost 15 years. It is easy to do and I always have these ingredients on hand.

If you like a little variety you can add or subtract ingredients. For example, sometimes I add oregano or even a little chipotle powder. Who doesn’t love it when they can save some money?

What I really love about this recipe is that if you are in are on a low-sodium diet this taco seasoning is perfect for you. It has no salt in the mix. I know a lot of people are looking for low salt alternatives and this one works well. I hate having salt predetermined for you, I always would prefer to add in salt myself.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Why make homemade taco seasoning? It’s easy to do, and I bet you already have everything you need to make this taco seasoning in your pantry. By making mixes at home, you save yourself from too much salt, preservatives, and hopefully, you can save a few dollars over time as well. If you like your mix spicier, or even smokey, you have the option to customize your personal spice blend the way you enjoy.

three beef tacos on a plate

Recipes you can use your homemade taco seasoning:

Mexican Skillet Potatoes

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Easy Make Ahead Taco Casserole

Easy Cheesy Taco Spaghetti

three beef tacos

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Save money and make a salt free, gluten free, taco seasoning mix.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Gluten Free, Homemade Taco Seasoning, Salt Free
Servings: 3
Calories: 141kcal


  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons paprika
  • 5 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dehydrated onion
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients together, and mix well. This should be stored in an airtight container for up to six months. Use 3 tablespoons of mix and add 3/4 cup of water, to one pound of ground beef.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10755IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 12.3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Shayna

    I would LOVE a copykat recipe for a CHEESY taco seasoning, like the one Mccormick makes. It’s amazing, but not always in stock. Maybe I’ll throw in some powdered cheese and milk in this recipe and see if that’s close enough.

  2. Joie

    Can you please let us know what the nutritional information is for the Taco Seasoning Mix—-especially—is there any sodium content in it? Thank you very much.

      • Charline Bridgeman

        There is no table salt added, but, it is not sodium free. When I searched for each ingredient, I was surprised, except for oregano, by the amount of sodium in each one with chili powder being the highest.

  3. bastisraul

    I added MSG to this mix. We use a lot of it at home in lieu of salt because it contains 1/3 less sodium. A healthy alternative for the majority of folks that have no medical issues with MSG.

      • bastisraul

        I have found, as you must have, that if something is repeated enough times, it then becomes gospel but with no basis. I saw it on the internet, so it must be true kind of thing. That is what has happened to MSG over these many years. For whatever reason MSG became an underground, not to be spoken of in mixed company item. There are a small majority of people that do get headaches from it. I have never met them but I do know that they are out there. Their complaint is genuine and they never order take-out from China Garden etc. It is a food enhancer of which there are few equals and it is healthier than using straight salt. Maybe some of your many followers will respond to their reasons for not using MSG, other than medical reasons. I would be very interested in the other side of the coin on this issue. We love MSG and use it almost daily.

      • Elgog Partynipple

        MSG, or monosodium glutamate is a natural product originally extracted from seaweed. Its primary component is glutamate, sodium (salt) was added as a preservative shortly after its discovery in the early 20th century in Japan. Today it is made from yeast. Glutamate is a taste often called Umami and is found mostly in meat. Today package ingredients call it Yeast Extract or Autolyzed Yeast Extract so they don’t have to use MSG in their packaging. It’s not some chemical mixture from a secret lab with mad scientists. I think this “Ingredients you can pronounce” trend is damaging the food industry, although I agree manufacturers have gone overboard with some of the stuff they put in food.

  4. lisa cowgill

    5 stars
    Thanks so much! I just made this and it was fabulous. It will save money and it’s healthier too. I hate buying processed mixes. Yummy and convenient. Didn’t have the ceyanne pepper but threw in some hot sauce and it was great. Thanks again!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Lisa. This is one of my favorite ways to make taco seasoning, its quick, easy, and chances are you already have what you need in the pantry.

    • Grace A. Romo

      5 stars
      I’m so happy to have joined this group I love making Taco meat and using taco mix in my dips with sour cream my family goes nuts over it. So with that being said, I have purchased dozens and dozens of taco packages. This will save money.

      Thank you
      Grace A. Romo

  5. Judy Nutzmann

    Thanks for the recipe, because I am allergic to MSG, there are very few packaged items I can use so I always appreciate someone sharing recipies for MSG free, the label has to actually say NO MSG.

    • stephaniemanley

      5 stars
      That is one of the things I like most about making mixes from scratch it is easy to edit out ingredients you don’t want to put in. I can understand how you feel about MSG.

  6. Rita

    Thanks for this! I like it because we are a low sodium family and do as much as I can, homemade. Check out the sodium levels in that prepackaged stuff!

  7. Sylvia

    This looks great, however “expensive” isn’t probaby the words I would use to describe taco seasoning mix.. You can get it for like. 60 cents to free with coupons and deals. I would like to try my own however.. thanks for the ideas!
    Maybe the word should have used is to be frugal, make your own. I really, really, hate to buy a mix, when I have everything on hand. I don’t always have coupons, and I like the way I can flavor up my own seasoning mix, I love cumin, so I always double up on the cumin. I have a tiny spice cabinet, and any additional package or bottle is about 3 too many in that cabinet 😉 – Stephanie

  8. Sure Recipe

    Thanks, that’s a very interesting idea, I honestly never thought of trying to make my own. I always just buy the packets. I look forward to tweaking it for more and less spice.

  9. Fran

    And that taco seasoning mix recipe is THE BEST! I’ve wondered for so many years about the spices and the ratios and this recipe answers the question 100%

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