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Taco Seasoning

Our favorite Taco Seasoning blend is so simple to make and uses spices you probably already have in your cabinet! Ditch those store-bought packets, you'll never want to use them again after seeing how easy and tasty making your own Taco Seasoning can be!
Course condiment
Cuisine American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword homemade taco seasoning, taco seasoning, taco seasoning recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 tablespoons (equivalent of 1 taco seasoning packet)
Calories 23kcal


1 Taco Seasoning Packet:

  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder Note 1
  • 1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano
  • Fine sea salt & pepper

To Use for Tacos

  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken or beef bouillon powder, optional -- Note 2
  • 1 pound (16 oz.) ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken, plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (132g) tomato sauce or chicken broth/stock


  • TACO SEASONING: Measure out all the spices and stir them together in a small bowl or add directly to the dish you're preparing. Season to taste with salt and pepper; we typically add 1/2 teaspoon of each.
    Use immediately or store...more on this below:
  • TO MAKE TACOS: Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large skillet and heat to high heat. Add ground meat and cook, breaking it up into small pieces as you go, until meat is no longer pink (but not fully cooked through). If there is a lot of extra grease (from higher-fat meat), drain off. Add in the taco seasoning blend (here's a good place to add in 2 teaspoons minced garlic if you'd like!). If desired, add bouillon powder (Note 2). Stir in seasonings for 1-2 minutes or until meat is completely cooked through. Add in 1/2 cup tomato sauce or chicken stock (not water) and stir until thickened, another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool.
  • STORAGE: Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place (like a cabinet or pantry). I like to store these homemade "packets" in small plastic bags or make a big batch to store in a jar or spice containers (we love these!) As long as it is stored properly, homemade taco seasoning can last 6 months up to a year.
  • MAKE AHEAD: I get it-- taco seasoning packets are easy and convenient! And that’s why I’ve started making my own packets. When I make this recipe, I’ll typically make 5 or 6 more “packets” of the seasoning. Since all the spices are out and I’m measuring anyways, it takes just a few extra minutes. Measure out the spices, put them in labeled individual snack-size bags, and store those packets with your spices.


Note 1: Chili powder: Not to be confused with chilli powder which is very hot. We’re using American chili powder in this homemade taco seasoning.
Note 2: Bouillon powders: if you're using ground turkey, add in 1-1/2 up to 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder to amp up the flavor and make the meat taste beefier. If you're using ground chicken, add in 1-1/2 up to 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder to amp up the flavor. If you're using ground beef, add in 1-1/2 up to 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder for a stronger beefy flavor and seasoning. If using bouillon powders, use tomato sauce instead of stock/broth or it will be too salty.
If you are making vegetarian or vegan tacos, use vegetable bouillon and a vegetarian alternative for the ground meat.
Nutrition information is for the spice blend only. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2400IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg