Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe
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Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Create your own zippy taco seasoning for spicing up Mexican dishes. It's handy and less expensive than buying envelopes of prepared mix from the store. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 teaspoons: 200 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (trace sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 6-7 batches (about 3/4 cup total).
  2. To prepare tacos: In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Yield: 4 servings per batch.
Originally published as Taco Seasoning Mix in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p59

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"I have used this recipe since it first came out in Quick Cooking years ago. I always cut the salt in half, and sometimes by two-thirds. I also don't add bouillion. Instead, I add beef soup base equivalent when making the taco meat - less sodium again."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Citric acid is a good replacement for 90% of the salt used. Just gives a slight lemon flavor, which I love anyway. I also use less critic acid than I did salt a lot. Not a lot of difference in price, really good for salt problems."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"easy and quick to make. Most of these ingredients are on hand. The taste was great."

Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"great alternative to store brands - will make it again, but I also cut down on the salt"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I've tried a lot of different seasoning recipes for tacos and this is the only one that my kids like."

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