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Taco seasoning in a glass spice jar beside a measuring teaspoon

Homemade Taco Seasoning

DIY taco seasoning is so easy to make right at home and budget-friendly, too!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 tablespoons


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to an airtight container or spice jar.  Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.


  • For a milder seasoning, omit red pepper flakes.
  • For a hotter seasoning, increase red pepper flakes and/or add cayenne pepper.
  • For using in ground beef for taco meat:  Brown 1 pound ground beef in a skillet until fully cooked and no longer pink.  Drain off grease.  Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning and ½ cup water and stir to combine.  Simmer until majority of water has evaporated.