Homemade Taco Seasoning

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If I had a dime for every time Curtis has requested tacos for dinner, we would have enough money to build a pool. That sounds so specific but Curtis really wants to build a pool. Haha Every week, it never fails, he says let’s have tacos! I love making them (and eating them) so 9 times out of 10, I say okay.

I have used this taco seasoning recipe from all recipes for years. We have slightly tweaked it to our taste and honestly it took too much time to gather all of the bottles to put the seasoning mix together so whenever I would put this together, I would make two batches. But then every other time I would have to gather all of the bottles and start over.

So months ago, I decided to make an entire jar of spices. We have been making tacos out of this jar for a few months so I wanted to make more. For gifts, for hostess gifts and for just because gifts and for us. I made a total of eight jars and am so excited to have taco seasoning for tacos for a while!

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

Line them up! This is how many jars of spices it took to fill 8 9-ounce jars.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

First, get all of your tools ready. I laid down a paper towel because I knew I would lose some and the paper towel kept my counter clean. You’ll need 1/4 cup measuring cup, a Tablespoon spoon, a teaspoon spoon, a 1/14 & a 1/2 teaspoon spoon.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

Measure out the spices, do one spice at at time so it’s easier to keep track of it.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

After an addition of a spice, mix with a chopstick (hey it’s a great kitchen tool! not just an eating utensil) or a butter knife just to ensure all ingredients get incorporated.

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Easy peasy.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

I add the 1/4 cup of chili powder last.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

Close the jars with the lids. I used the 9 ounce Weck jars…love them. I love that I can reuse them too! I flip over and shake just a little bit just to make sure everything is incorporated.

Homemade Taco Seasoning thelittlekitchen.net

Here’s my favorite way to make tacos using this taco seasoning recipe. And if you decide to give them out as gifts, I made printable gift tags for you to use! (Please don’t link directly to the download link, if you’re going to link to these tags…please link to this post. Thanks!)

{Printable} Taco Seasoning Tags from thelittlekitchen.net

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Yield: Fills (one) 9-ounce jar

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


For a 9-ounce jar

1 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
1 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 3/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon paprika or 3 1/2 teaspoons
1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin  or 3 1/2 teaspoons
1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon sea salt  or 3 1/2 teaspoons
1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or 3 1/2 teaspoons
1/4 cup + 3 Tablespoons chili powder

For dinner tonight, if you're not putting a jar together

1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoons black pepper


Add spices to jar one at a time, after each addition, mix with a butter knife, spoon or chopstick. Close jar tightly and flip to and shake slightly to ensure it's completely mixed up.

When using in a recipe, use 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons for one pound of meat. Give my favorite beef tacos recipe or chicken tortilla soup a try!

Slightly tweaked from Allrecipes.

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How much did I use up to make 8 9-ounce jars of taco seasoning?

  • 1/2 container of 4 ounces black pepper
  • 6 containers of 2.5 ounces chili powder
  • 2 1/2 containers of 0.9 ounce ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 containers of 2.12 ounces paprika
  • 1/2 container of 1.5 ounces crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 container of 3.12 ounces garlic powder
  • 2/3 container of 2.62 ounces onion powder
  • 3/4 container of 0.75 ounce dried oregano leaves
  • barely put a dent in the huge container of sea salt I had

9-ounce Weck Jars
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44 Responses to “Homemade Taco Seasoning”

  1. 1
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 9, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.


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    Tieghan Gerard — January 9, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    Such a great idea! I love making my owns seasoning mixes so this is perfect!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 10, 2014 @ 2:10 am

    Well isn’t this just so SMART! Pinned! I love seeing all those jars out. It looks mad scientist-ish, in a good way :)


    • Julie Deily replied: January 10th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      Haha thanks, Averie!


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    Aggie — January 10, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    I feel so lucky to have received one of these jars! :) I love that you made such a bulk batch, it’s a great gift idea (I personally LOVED it) and it’s so much more convenient to make it like this.

    Gorgeous pics of those jars!


    • Julie Deily replied: January 10th, 2014 @ 10:26 am

      Thank you, Aggie! And so glad you liked your jar! :)


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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 10, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    Love the idea of mixing your own taco seasoning Julie – my youngest son loves coming up with his own herb/spice concoction and sprinkling it on everything from popcorn to pasta to roast chicken.


    • Julie Deily replied: January 10th, 2014 @ 10:26 am

      I love that your kids enjoy cooking as much as you do! You should be a proud mama! Thanks, Jeanette!


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    Gen — January 10, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Amazingly good! And seems to have far less sodium per meal than the prepared mixed taco spices. That’s such an important consideration. And demonstrates that we do not need anywhere as much sodium as prepared foods give us! Thank you for this –


    • Julie Deily replied: January 10th, 2014 @ 10:27 am

      Hey Gen and I love my salt! LOL I actually think making your own taco seasoning tastes better!


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    Elizabeth — January 10, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    Mmmm, I should probably do this, with the amount of times I crave tacos! When you add the seasoning to the browned meat, do you add any water, like you’re supposed to do with the packets?


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    Marsha Chambers — January 10, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I love those little jars. Can I ask where you got them?


  9. 9
    Marsha Chambers — January 10, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Nevermind – I found the reference in your article about the jars. LOL


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 10, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    I am so doing this! Homemade taco seasoning – so much better then the store-bought kind!


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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 10, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    I only just recently made my own taco seasoning and I will never go back to the store bought kind. It is seriously amazing. I love how you portioned them out into the jars too! So much cuter when they are in mini jars 😉


  12. 12
    Allison — January 10, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Wow, this is great! I have Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe that uses taco seasoning as its spice mixture and I hate using the package mix. I will be making this instead. Thanks!


  13. 13
    Alicia @ Alicia Carlson Photography — January 10, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Smart idea, Julie!


  14. 14
    katie — January 10, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    Love making my own taco seasoning! I need to give your recipe a try! I make/crave tacos weekly 😉


  15. 15
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 10, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    We’re always eating tacos! I need to make a big batch to have on hand!


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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — January 10, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    Homemade taco seasoning is the best isn’t it? I swear I don’t think I could ever go back to the store bought kind. I’ll have to give your recipe a try! :)


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    Kristin — January 10, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Spreading some Friday Love! YEAH for DIY seasoning! And a special TY for NOT including sugar! And super love the jars! Cute gift!
    Thank you for all that you do!


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 10, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

    I love this idea and those jars are too cute!


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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 11, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    I make a similar mixture and it’s what I grew up eating a few times a month- total comfort food for me and a recipe that I turn to often on busy nights. I have never thought to make a big batch ahead though…. so doing it soon- genius!!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 12, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Homemade taco seasonings are truly the best way to get the flavors tweaked just right for your own taste buds. I’m loving your presentation with the Weck jars and fun tags. A most excellent gift!


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    natalie @ wee eats — January 13, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    once i made my own taco seasoning, i could never go back to store-bought! what an amazing idea to gift it! – i love those tags and I think that these could definitely make an appearance at my next gift-giving event! (or i may have to plan something JUST so i can give them out – lol!)


  22. 22
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 14, 2014 @ 12:48 am

    I just posted taco seasoning last week too. I love your labels!


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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — January 15, 2014 @ 6:33 am

    Love the idea of making this seasoning. We have tacos all the time, but I always forget to buy the seasoning at the store. I also sometimes wonder what actually is in that seasoning. Do you this on beef and chicken tacos?


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    Jenny @ BAKE — January 21, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    I love this idea! and I bet people absolutely love receiving these jars as gifts!


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  30. 25
    Sherry Hoover — January 2, 2015 @ 9:28 am

    There must be a reason….? Why do you not mix the entire batch in a big bowl and divide into the jars? Seems it would be much easier.


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    Aviva H — January 19, 2015 @ 1:01 pm

    Beautiful idea with the glass jars. Just a silly question, can it be made all at once in one bowl or is there a reason you did it jar by jar? TIA


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    JaneC — January 19, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

    This looks great, I don’t buy packaged seasonings anymore, but sometimes I have a hard time getting my own put together just right.
    We also limit salt intake, so I can cut the salt down here, though there is not a lot, so perhaps I don’t need to.
    Anyway, thanks so much for this. I can’t wait to make it.


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    Lynette W. — September 20, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

    Every time I make homemade taco seasoning it is a bit too spicy for my “mild” loving family. Any suggestions or recipes for making it a mild version?


    • Julie Deily replied: September 20th, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

      Hi Lynette,

      I would use a mild salsa in the taco meat and just exclude the crushed red peppers from the taco seasoning. Hope that helps!


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    Tanya — October 31, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

    I’m an Australian and we use 20ml tablespoons. Is your recipe using American measures of 15ml tablespoon? Many thanks, Tanya


    • Julie Deily replied: November 1st, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

      Hi Tanya, I’m using the American tablespoons! Thanks!


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