Seasoning For Tacos Recipe
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Seasoning For Tacos Recipe

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Ground beef tacos and taco salads are nicely enhanced by the mixture that Sue Gronholz uses in place of store-bought taco seasoning. "It's so easy to mix up a batch and keep it in the pantry," writes the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin cook. "It's convenient and saves money, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup water

Nutritional Facts

8 teaspoon: 236 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 3 batches (about 1/2 cup total).
  2. To prepare taco meat: In a saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and 8 teaspoons seasoning mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 4 servings per batch.
Originally published as Seasoning For Tacos in Quick Cooking March/April 2001 , p35

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aka_kay User ID: 3735473 261891
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

"I use tomato sauce instead of water. Much better flavor than pre made store bought mix."

DuffyH User ID: 6181643 236931
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"In a 3-recipe taste test, tacos made with this recipe were the clear winner and family favorite. We've used nothing else for 5 years now, although I've tried a few new ones. None compare. I've since reduced the amount of seasoning per pound of beef to 2 tablespoons, and have found that when making bun tacos a teaspoon of flour per pound of beef helps the beef cling together and stay put on the bun."

s_pants User ID: 174050 92274
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"My 6 year old loves this do we!"

1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 51530
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I keep this on hand and we use a lot of it! Such great flavor! This will make a perfect little add in for gift baskets, too! When I made this for the "umpteenth" time a couple of nights ago, I used some leftover tomato juice I had (from a can of diced tomatoes and green peppers) in place of the water. This added even more flavor. To stretch my dollar, I add a can of refried beans to the taco meat after it's done and heat it all together. So tasty! You've got to try this! AWESOME!"

SWEETPEA123 User ID: 1949784 46221
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"I added about 4-5 tablespoons of sugar-this is really good and mild and none of the stuff they add to it in the stores! Make it more spicy and add pepper and more cayenne or red pepper flakes."

jodil User ID: 1622268 87789
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"I love the flavor in this mix, I also like that it does not call for cornstarch or flour. I do use dried minced onion in place of the onion powder (about 2 T.) and only 1 tsp on salt."

hvacwife User ID: 28935 115371
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2008 Edited Nov. 9, 2015

"I don't use the full amount of salt and it was just as good."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 31224
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2008 Edited Nov. 9, 2015

"This a great mix to have on hand!"

beekeepergold User ID: 1348047 31186
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2008 Edited Nov. 9, 2015

"This has too much salt and the high sodium content is a turn down for many, so omit the salt and add a touch of lemon to release spcie flavors or add fresh or dried herbs for flavor like oregano or basil and use fresh garilc and fresh red pepper."

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