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 (0 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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1Heart4Jesus User ID: 2171354 265561
Reviewed May. 5, 2017

"Shoulda paid more attention to the reviews. WAAAAY too salty. Perhaps it should have been 3 teaspoons rather than 3 tablespoons. Throwing out the rest of the batch. May try it again with MUCH less salt."

shirleyschultz7056 User ID: 7550154 252768
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"My whole family loved this taco seasoning mix. I used half the salt, used garlic powder instead of dried minced and ground red pepper instead of the flakes. It has a lot of flavor and just the right amount of kick. Added bonus - it doesn't have that garish red/orange color of the store bought packaged kind."

KaSm User ID: 4498999 239264
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."

swwtsue User ID: 3889847 30315
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."

laglasgo User ID: 4138545 62024
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

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

proberts14 User ID: 1767183 24417
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

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

kirstenund User ID: 2683056 62023
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."

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 47746
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"YUCK. This was horribly salty. I would never make it again."

Kathie 43 User ID: 170795 18194
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I needed a low sodium taco mix and made with only 1 TBSP salt instead of 3. It was much better than the packaged stuff and cheaper too. Will keep this recipe."

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 50651
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"My family agrees that they would rather have this seasoning for taco meat instead of buying the packets at the store. A great money saving idea for the person who always has these ingredients on hand."

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