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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

One serving (1/4 teaspoon) equals 7 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: Free food.

Reviews for Taco Seasoning

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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!"

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!!!"

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!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

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

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"

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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