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Taco Seasoning

Did you run out of store-bought taco seasoning just in time for taco night? No worries- we’ve got you! Whip up our favorite taco seasoning recipe using spices from your pantry.

Our taco seasoning recipe stored in an air-tight container.
Our taco seasoning recipe stored in an air-tight container.

Taco Seasoning

Tressa Jamil
Season everything from tacos to burrito bowls by making our taco seasoning recipe that comes together in about 5 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Spice Blends
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 40 kcal


  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 5 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder


  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl; stir to combine.
  • Store the spice blend in an air-tight container.


  • Start with fresh spices – this makes all the difference; spices lose their flavor over time, especially ground spices. 
  • This taco seasoning recipe yields about 1 cup; make what you need for a particular meal, or you may want to double or triple the recipe for quick use later on. 


Serving: 2 tablespoonsCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 770mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 94IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 4mg
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  • Chili Powder: American chili powder, made up of dried chilies and herbs, lends a savory profile to the taco seasoning recipe.
  • Smoked Paprika: Create a smoky heat using smoked paprika.
  • Cumin: Cumin lends a warm, citrusy flavor to the spice blend.
  • Onion Powder: Onion powder is a necessary ingredient in our taco seasoning, but be sure you’re using onion powder and not onion salt. 
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder brings the garlicky flavor it’s named after, but unlike fresh garlic, garlic powder has a sweetness to it.
  • Mexican Oregano: The earthy bitterness of Mexican oregano makes it my favorite spice in the blend; I love the way it stands out.
  • Salt: Balances the spice with a savory component.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Adds heat that doesn’t overwhelm with cayenne pepper.


Our taco seasoning recipe stored in an air-tight container.


Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl; stir to combine.


Store the spice blend in an air-tight container.

Did you enjoy our taco seasoning?

Try one of these homemade spice blends from the Jamil Ghar.


How can I use taco seasoning?

  • Make ground beef tacos.
  • Flavor meat, vegetables, or tofu to make tacos.
  • Generously season shredded chicken or beef to make homemade taquitos or enchiladas.
  • Add taco seasoning to black beans for a quick side.
  • Whip up our Southwest spaghetti squash.
  • Create a burrito bowl.
Our taco seasoning recipe sprinkled over ground beef for tacos..
Taco seasoning spread over ground beef to make tacos.

Is the taco seasoning spicy?

This taco seasoning recipe includes cayenne, smoked paprika, and chili powder which can be too spicy for some. I suggest adding a teaspoon or two of white or brown sugar to cut the heat if you’re sensitive to spice.

How do I store leftovers?

Once you’ve placed the taco seasoning in an air-tight container, it will keep in your pantry or cabinet for up to 1 year. And for that reason, I recommend making double to use later on.


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