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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe

This seasoning mix 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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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. Yield: 4 servings per batch.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional 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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    joycerm53 User ID: 703299 265514
    Reviewed 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!"

    annrms User ID: 2649709 252027
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

    "I made a batch of this immediately after seeing it posted on Facebook. I used the seasoning mix w/o the beef the first time for a fish dish...fantastic blend of flavors and very versatile."

    amehart User ID: 1464390 250087
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

    "Love this - and no sugar as in the pre-packaged seasonings. Will keep this on hand at all times. Thank you!"

    sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 248546
    Reviewed May. 23, 2016

    "This was great! Nice and spicy and I love the fact it makes 4 batches. Thanks!"

    krysfielder User ID: 5728656 227547
    Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

    "Good recipe, but I think I need to tweak it for my family's taste."

    Allison.Reeves User ID: 7942874 223591
    Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

    "Super easy to make!"

    Kasha User ID: 179140 220841
    Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

    "Staple in the cupbaord now, no package mixes. Left out some of the salt..."

    emower72 User ID: 5571478 188765
    Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

    "This was really good. We liked the extra little zip to it (my 6 and 8 year-olds agreed). I will be using this from now on for taco night - which we have at least twice a month."

    edithdaoud User ID: 5528106 171642
    Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

    "I cook for my elderly mother so anything with cayenne I replace with paprika with just a bit of cayenne. I always use homemade seasoning mixes now and dressings because most packaged store bought has msg or some sort of bad preservatives in them."

    khuffman7 User ID: 2317376 110191
    Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

    "This is very similar to one I have used for a couple years. I added cornstarch to the one I usually make so did that with this one too, replacing the flour. This is good, it would have been a bit hot for my hubby so I reduced the cayenne to 1/2 tsp. My other recipe doesn't call for the coriander, I think it is a nice addition."

    lopezwr1ter User ID: 6747772 188763
    Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

    "This was very easy and fun to make with the kids! Even my husband liked this homemade taco seasoning!"

    awsome7jen User ID: 2895674 176511
    Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

    "This makes a delicious taco seasoning. I now double the recipe every time I make it because we go through it so quickly. No more store bought seasoning packets in this house."

    Wanda34 User ID: 1377971 211625
    Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

    "I'll never buy store bought taco seasoning again! I'll always keep this recipe on hand for taco night. My kids loved it!:P"

    Wanda34 User ID: 1377971 171744
    Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

    "I'll never buy store bought taco seasoning again! I'll always keep this recipe on hand for taco night. My kids loved it!:P"

    s_pants User ID: 174050 190954
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

    "I thought this was very good and great to keep on hand. It was too spicy for my 2 and 5 year old, so next time I will not put in as much chili powder and cayenne pepper. I left out the salt and did not miss it. I cooked chicken strips in a little butter and then added the mix and water; will try it with ground beef next time. Excellent mix!"

    DJGloor User ID: 5916208 104585
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

    "I use this mix in lots of recipes. We found it a little "hot" for the wee ones....but I just cut back the quanity I use. Awesome!"

    sblack76 User ID: 1058508 110190
    Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

    "Doesn't even need the salt. It's great."

    scholje User ID: 2550597 190342
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

    "I left out the SALT and this was a great recipe for my husband on a low salt diet."

    scholje User ID: 2550597 190953
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

    "My husband is on a low salt diet - this is a great replacement for the packaged mixes that are loaded with sodium (even the ones labed "lower sodium")"

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