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Seasoning For Tacos

Ground beef tacos and taco salads are nicely enhanced by the mixture that Sue Gronholz uses in place of store-bought taco seasoning. "It's so easy to mix up a batch and keep it in the pantry," writes the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin cook. "It's convenient and saves money, too."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings per batch


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup water


  • In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 3 batches (about 1/2 cup total).
  • To prepare taco meat: In a saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and 8 teaspoons seasoning mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
8 teaspoon: 236 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Loiscooks
    Dec 11, 2019

    Very good seasoning mix. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Colleen
    Dec 10, 2019

    This is very good, I also use it for chicken fajitas, using the recipe for those from this site of course.

  • aka_kay
    Feb 27, 2017

    I use tomato sauce instead of water. Much better flavor than pre made store bought mix.

  • DuffyH
    Nov 8, 2015

    In a 3-recipe taste test, tacos made with this recipe were the clear winner and family favorite. We've used nothing else for 5 years now, although I've tried a few new ones. None compare. I've since reduced the amount of seasoning per pound of beef to 2 tablespoons, and have found that when making bun tacos a teaspoon of flour per pound of beef helps the beef cling together and stay put on the bun.

  • s_pants
    Feb 13, 2013

    My 6 year old loves this do we!

  • 1Heart4Jesus
    Oct 4, 2011

    I keep this on hand and we use a lot of it! Such great flavor! This will make a perfect little add in for gift baskets, too! When I made this for the "umpteenth" time a couple of nights ago, I used some leftover tomato juice I had (from a can of diced tomatoes and green peppers) in place of the water. This added even more flavor. To stretch my dollar, I add a can of refried beans to the taco meat after it's done and heat it all together. So tasty! You've got to try this! AWESOME!

  • samfromoz
    Apr 29, 2011

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    Oct 18, 2010

    I added about 4-5 tablespoons of sugar-this is really good and mild and none of the stuff they add to it in the stores! Make it more spicy and add pepper and more cayenne or red pepper flakes.

  • Kris Countryman
    Apr 28, 2009

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  • jodil
    Apr 19, 2009

    I love the flavor in this mix, I also like that it does not call for cornstarch or flour. I do use dried minced onion in place of the onion powder (about 2 T.) and only 1 tsp on salt.