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Taco Seasoning Mix


  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 6-7 batches (about 3/4 cup total).
  • 2. To prepare tacos: In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 teaspoons: 200 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.


Average Rating: 4.5
  • Lynda1111
    Mar 26, 2018

    My go-to for taco seasoning. I love this recipe, but I totally omit the salt because of dietary restrictions.

  • 1Heart4Jesus
    May 5, 2017

    Shoulda paid more attention to the reviews. WAAAAY too salty. Perhaps it should have been 3 teaspoons rather than 3 tablespoons. Throwing out the rest of the batch. May try it again with MUCH less salt.

  • shirleyschultz7056
    Aug 16, 2016

    My whole family loved this taco seasoning mix. I used half the salt, used garlic powder instead of dried minced and ground red pepper instead of the flakes. It has a lot of flavor and just the right amount of kick. Added bonus - it doesn't have that garish red/orange color of the store bought packaged kind.

  • KaSm
    Dec 12, 2015

    I have used this recipe since it first came out in Quick Cooking years ago. I always cut the salt in half, and sometimes by two-thirds. I also don't add bouillion. Instead, I add beef soup base equivalent when making the taco meat - less sodium again.

  • swwtsue
    Oct 27, 2014

    Citric acid is a good replacement for 90% of the salt used. Just gives a slight lemon flavor, which I love anyway. I also use less critic acid than I did salt a lot. Not a lot of difference in price, really good for salt problems.

  • laglasgo
    Oct 16, 2014

    easy and quick to make. Most of these ingredients are on hand. The taste was great.

  • proberts14
    May 24, 2014

    great alternative to store brands - will make it again, but I also cut down on the salt

  • kirstenund
    Dec 31, 1969

    I've tried a lot of different seasoning recipes for tacos and this is the only one that my kids like.

  • deannasnz
    Feb 3, 2013

    YUCK. This was horribly salty. I would never make it again.

  • Kathie 43
    Jan 23, 2012

    I needed a low sodium taco mix and made with only 1 TBSP salt instead of 3. It was much better than the packaged stuff and cheaper too. Will keep this recipe.

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