Recipe for Taco Seasoning

by Merissa on September 24, 2012

in Mixes, Recipes

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Trying to avoid MSG  or other ingredients in seasonings? Or maybe you just have your own flavor combinations you prefer? Here is how to make your own recipe for taco seasoning!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. marjoram
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. ground cumin

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight container. Use 2 tablespoons of mix per pound of beef, chicken, or anything else!

You could also use this to flavor your favorite meat recipes, taco salad, or other meat dishes! This recipe for taco seasoning makes the equivalent of 6 store bought packets.

I like to buy spices in bulk to save money. I haven't gone through and added the cost of this recipe all up but I'm guessing if you do it would be much cheaper to make your own taco seasoning than to buy those expensive little packets in the store!

You can also make your own Fajita Seasoning! Another thing that you can do with this recipe is package it in a pretty container and give it away as a homemade gift!

Oh and if you are making tacos, you might want to also check out my recipe for Homemade Taco Sauce!

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1 Michelle Christine Sellick September 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

Never buy that OVER Priced prepackaged Taco seasoning again ..i have to try it


2 The Backyard Farmwife September 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

I really need to do this! We use a lot of this stuff!


3 Jenny September 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

The savings might not be too big if you compare the price to the large container at Sams, but the big benefit here is controlling the ingredients. No icky fillers or msg or other hidden nasties! 😀 And the added benefit of tweaking the recipe to suit your own taste is my favorite part.


4 Michelle Jacobsen September 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

looks interesting, I’m gonna ‘like’ it so I can check it out! 🙂


5 RevAllyson September 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Quick question – is that a quarter *cup* of minced onion? Also, I’m assuming it’s dried? 🙂


6 Merissa September 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Yes, 1/4 c. of dried minced onions. 🙂


7 Allyson Szabo September 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I just wrote this out to try it. I think I have everything on hand. I can’t wait!


8 Mel Free September 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

thank you..I have been thinking the same thing..too expensive to buy, for what you get!


9 Sarah September 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I must be spoiled, I have never thought about making my own taco seasoning mix. I have most of the ingredients, so I will give it a try!


10 Life With The Crust Cut Off September 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love your taco seasoning!!


11 Barb @ A Life in Balance September 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

One of my sons has been asking for tacos. Now I can make my own seasoning and skip the additives in the store-bought stuff.

Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Thursday Rewind!


12 Momma and boys living on a budget September 28, 2012 at 2:15 am

Looks great! I love tacos but hate buying the seasoning at the store. I will need to try this. Thanks for linking up to Thrifty thursday.


13 Kristie September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Cannot wait to try it!


14 Kristie September 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Look forward to trying this!


15 Linda Dietz December 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

Just saw your post on homemade Taco Seasoning via The Happy Housewife. Would anyone happen to know the proportions for substituting garlic powder instead of the minced garlic? I’d like to try it. I did try one homemade version of taco seasoning & it seemed to require a large amount to give any flavor. This one looks better!


16 Rhonda March 24, 2013 at 7:05 am

Have you done a cost analysis on this recipe? Just curious since I found some at my local store that has nothing added, included no MSG and it is only .50 per packet


17 cat August 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm


Where do your bulk spices? We have a Sam’s Club, but the spices are from China.



18 Merissa August 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I order mine from Azure Standard, a coop that comes to my town. I know many health foods stores have them also. The brand I buy is usually Oregon Spice Company, they tend to have good prices!


19 Pam November 5, 2013 at 5:03 am

Merissa, I’m confused about the minced garlic. Is it regular minced garlic added to the powder or is there such a thing as dried minced garlic (I’ve never seen it)! Thanks!


20 Merissa November 5, 2013 at 6:18 am

It’s dried minced garlic, you should be able to find it next to either the dried minced onion or the garlic powder at the store 🙂


21 Dusty Jones February 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

May be a dumb question, but do you add a cup of water like when you do a packet?


22 Merissa February 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I personally don’t but if your meat seems a little dry you may want to.


23 Bonnie Bourdage February 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

Thanks Merissa, I love all your recipe. My recipe box is filling up!


24 Susan February 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

Do you store your bulk spice in the freezer or pantry?


25 Merissa February 11, 2014 at 11:56 am

In glass jars in the pantry.


26 Laurie Garcia February 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

The packages also have wheat in them..out gluten free friends are happy that I make my own..Same with soy sauce and so, so much more that have wheat.


27 merry February 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm

sounds great.i get migrains from msg and nitrates so eliminating them is wonderful..I have found some recipes for ranch seasoning also, and use it as a rub or add to ground meat recipes


28 Ellen February 12, 2014 at 2:00 am

I was just wondering, it says minced onion, is that something you can buy in a jar? As I don’t believe it will be actual minced onion, minced by me on the chopping board. I would love to hear!


29 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 6:36 am

Yes, that’s dried minced onion, you can find it with the spices.


30 Minnie February 12, 2014 at 5:03 am

Merissa, I’ve been researching coconut sugar. Most sites say it is a better sugar, for different reasons. One site has 15 calories for T and other has 25. Better chose for diabetic. What are your thoughts, if any on coconut sugar?


31 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 6:35 am

I haven’t personally used it but I know a few people that have and they seem to enjoy it!


32 Terri February 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your articles and the recipes..Thank you for the time and effort that you put into this…I truly appreciate itVERY much! 🙂


33 Merissa February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Aww thanks Terri 🙂


34 Nicole July 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

Hi, It’s possibly a silly question but before i make a mistake i want to confirm the following…
T = Tablespoon
t = Teaspoon
c = cup
Is that right
Thank you 🙂


35 Merissa July 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

That’s right! 🙂


36 khlood August 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm

hi,i want to make sure is it dried minced garlic
& onion? not garlic&onion powder? we mince them and leave them dry? can we dry it in the oven or sun dried?
thank you


37 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm

You can use powders if you’d like, I just prefer the minced style in these recipes. You can dry it in the oven if you like or you can just buy it in the minced form, it’s very inexpensive.


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