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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Skip the store-bought stuff and learn how to make taco seasoning yourself. This recipe is right on. It tastes like purchased mixes, but is cheaper and has nearly half the sodium. Your heart and wallet will surely thank you! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings per batch


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches), warmed


  • Combine the first nine ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 4 batches (about 1 cup total).
  • To prepare tacos: In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add 1/4 cup taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Fill each tortilla with 1/2 cup beef mixture.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • This morphs into fajita seasoning with a few easy steps: Replace the minced onion with onion powder; omit the coriander and flour; then add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  • To take the raw edge off spices, cook them in a bit of oil or add them to the meat mixture for a minute before adding any liquid.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 338 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 619mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.


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    • zegunism
      Nov 17, 2020

      The best taco seasoning!!

    • kids chauffer
      Sep 10, 2020

      Delicious and easy!

    • David
      Jun 8, 2020

      No paprika?

    • bassetgirl
      Apr 14, 2020

      A very handy mix to have on hand. For smaller amounts of meet: I discovered that 2T of the mix/ 1/2 lb. of ground beef works perfectly to flavor the meat. This is a great way to get the seasoning without opening a packet for a smaller amount of meat

    • taraclausen
      Apr 9, 2020

      I've been using this recipe for years and decided I should rate it. I miss nothing from the packaged stuff. I make two batches one for my house and one for my parents house. I delete the salt and cayenne for them and of course my mom adjust the taste how her and my dad like. Thank you!!!!!!

    • P.J.
      Mar 28, 2020

      I wouldn't suggest substituting cardamom for thr coriander. Coriander is cilantro seed, so would substitute dried cilantro.

    • Shirley
      Aug 15, 2019

      There's something wrong in the written recipe. It lists "1 teaspoon of coriander" twice. Is there a spice missing, or just a misprint? Overall a pretty decent spice blend.

    • Appy_Girl
      May 23, 2018

      Fresh made in just a few minutes. I worked with the ingredients,but also around some of the ingredients.I did not use the flour or salt. Which saved in some carbs and sodium. I also ran all of the ingredients through my mini food processor which really whirled all of the ingredients together..I used less chili powder and adjusted a few others to suit our taste preferences.A true WinnerVFE.

    • delowenstein
      Apr 14, 2018

      Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it today for the first time. I did not have coriander so I used cardamom. I also cut a fresh onion and diced/minced it. I'd roasted part of the pieces and allowed them to dry out and just put the balance of the minced onion in my oven-making sure to turn off the oven each time in order to dry the pieces. Anyway, it beat going to a store for dried minced onion! delowenstein, Volunteer Field Editor

    • joycerm53
      May 4, 2017

      After making this for the first time, I never bought a packaged taco seasoning again. Very good, and I know what is in it!