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Taco Seasoning Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Taco Seasoning

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dlyn9smith User ID: 1866642 247154
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."

typers User ID: 903386 218458
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."

charjohnson User ID: 6443403 81206
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

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

canyonjojo User ID: 4429543 64833
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Excellent balance of flavors."

Fabricio User ID: 1356569 205113
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

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

carrie253 User ID: 4304048 35982
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Excellent! I don't think I'll ever buy packaged taco seasoning again. I used a real onion and left out the 4 tbsp of dried minced onion. Also, I added a little more cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes to add some spice. So good!!!"

sarahrr75 User ID: 1069438 37622
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"I think this tastes even better than the stuff sold at stores. More flavorful, without that weird dayglo orange color. WIN!!!"

scholje User ID: 2550597 113501
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"My husband is on a low salt diet - so this is a great subsitution for the purchased mixes!"

d-greenhalgh User ID: 3836085 59020
Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"do you treat the recipe the same as the packets and add water and is one recipe equal to one packet

d greenhalgh"

HeidiLSB User ID: 1348517 115430
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"Perfect! I had all these spices on hand, but not a packet of taco seasoning! Tastes just like a $1.25 packet!!"

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