Taco Seasoning Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen developed this spicy, salt-free alternative to packaged taco seasoning. Stir it into dips or ground beef, sprinkle on chicken or wherever you want a Southwestern flair.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/4 teaspoon: 7 calories, trace fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 3 tablespoons.
Editor's Note: Not all chili powders are alike, and salt levels vary greatly. Ingredients are listed in descending order on package labels. Check your chili powder label to ensure that salt is not listed as one of the first three ingredients.
Originally published as Taco Seasoning in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p19

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"I like having this recipe, because I can control how hot I want my taco meat. I added 4 teaspoons to ground chicken, and it was just spicy enough for my soft tacos. My husband enjoyed this recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"I added 3 Tbs. to 1 lb. of ground beef, it was good but I like it a little more spicy so I added a few shakes of Mrs. Dash; Southwest Chipotle no salt seasoning. mmm good Best Taco I have had since I have been on this low sodium diet. Thank You for this recipe. 5 Stars."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"I guessed and used this for one pound of meat. I was right. This recipe equals one store bought package."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Excellent balance of flavors."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Quick, easy and the flavor is better than store bought!"

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