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How to Make Taco Seasoning

glass jar with spices for homemade taco seasoning

Have you ever wanted to make some homemade seasoning mixes, yet you weren’t sure how? I’m sharing my homemade taco seasoning mix today, originally created for my cookbook, Simple Green Meals. It’s got just the right amount of heat and adds a burst of flavor to a variety of dishes. 

Making seasoning mixes at home is super simple and you know exactly what’s in them. I also am a bit picky when it comes to seasoning, so I made my own to get it just right every time. 

ingredients for a homemade spice blend

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

To make my taco seasoning, grab the following ingredients:

chili powder

paprika

cumin

sea salt

cayenne pepper (optional)

This recipe doesn’t take anything fancy or hard to find. Feel free to add onion or garlic powder, red pepper flakes or other additions.

how to make taco seasoning at home

How to Store Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make sure this is stored in an airtight container. Whether you reuse a spice jar or make a big batch and use an 8oz mason jar, secure that lid tightly. 

Your homemade taco seasoning should last several months, yet you may find yourself reaching for it all the time! 

recipes that use seasoning blends

How to Use Homemade Seasoning

I’ve got several recipes that are great when seasoned with this recipe:

You can also add it to crispy tofu, eggs, roasted veggies and more. I love mixing up flavors and spices so don’t be afraid to try it on anything you want! 

Taco Seasoning FAQs

What can I use if I don’t have taco seasoning?

If you don’t have a ready-made seasoning blend on hand, no worries! You can add chili powder, cumin, sea salt, paprika and cayenne pepper to a jar with a lid and shake well to combine. My recipe makes enough to use several times, so you’re covered!

What’s in store-bought taco seasoning?

Prepackaged seasoning often has additives to preserve flavor. Ditch the weird ingredients and make your own instead! You can make a large batch and keep it right in the spice drawer to use whenever you want. 

How do I make my own taco seasoning?

It’s so easy! Just measure the desired ingredients into a jar and shake or stir well to combine. Store in the spice drawer until you’re ready to use. 

3 photos of recipes you can easily make at home: cashew cream, hummus, salad dressing

Homemade Kitchen Staples

Plants are easier to consume when they taste good. If you’re new to plant-based eating or just want to add more plants to your daily meals, yet need them to be less bland, I get it! I have some staple recipes I keep in my pantry and fridge just to give me a variety of ways to make vegetable munching more enjoyable. 

With these recipes on hand, you’ll never find a dull bowl of veggies again! What’s your favorite way to season and dip your vegetables? Leave a comment and let me know! 

How to Make Taco Seasoning

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This simple spice blend can be made once and used for the next several taco nights. It is simple and the perfect base for many culinary creations. Don’t be afraid to add it to tacos, soup, roasted veggies and more.

Total Time5 minutes

Yields8 oz

Supplies

  • 6 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon cumin ground
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional

Instructions

  • In an 8-oz mason jar with lid, combine all the ingredients. Attach the lid and shake well.

  • Store in a cool, dry place.

Notes

  • This recipe is meant to be basic, so feel free to add in garlic powder, onion powder or the spices of your choice to make this your own. 
  • If you use taco seasoning on a regular basis then you can double or triple this recipe. 
  • I often buy spices like chili powder and cumin in bulk so that I have plenty on hand for blends like this.

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