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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning. Make your own seasoning mix at home! Never buy the pre-made mix again!

This homemade taco seasoning takes minutes to put together and creates a flavorful mix. Use this mix for creating the best taco meat, seasoning chicken, or spicing up a pasta dish or soup.

Measured out spices prepared to mix for homemade taco seasoning.

 

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING

It’s really as simple as grabbing some spices that most likely already have a home in the spice cabinet. And the beauty of making your own seasoning is that you can control how spicy it is. Just use more or less chili powder to control the heat.

If making a large batch to keep on hand, make sure that you’re storing it in an airtight jar or an empty spice jar to keep it from drying out.

Ingredients used to make homemade taco seasoning:

  • Chili Powder – the best part of making your own mix is you can control the spice. Add more or less chili powder to suit you and your family!
  • Salt
  • Ground Cumin 
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Cooked ground beef seasoned with homemade taco seasoning.

HOW TO MAKE GROUND BEEF FOR TACOS?

Use this homemade taco seasoning to make the BEST taco meat. Brown 1 pound of ground beef, breaking it up while cooking, cook until it’s no longer pink. Stir in the taco seasoning.

A lot of recipes say to use water when mixing a taco seasoning with the ground beef. Personally, I love to use about 1/2 a cup of tomato sauce.

Using the tomato sauce gives more flavor to the meat and helps the meat stay moist.

CLASSIC GROUND BEEF TACOS

To make the best classic beef tacos fry up some corn tortillas and pile on the taco meat from this recipe. Top with some lettuce, tomato, sour cream and cilantro.

Classic ground beef tacos topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes.

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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

5 from 11 votes
Prep: 1 minute
Total: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Author: Serene
Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning. Make your own seasoning mix at home! Never buy the pre-made mix again!
Measured out spices prepared to mix for homemade taco seasoning.

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Combine all of the ingredients together and mix. Store in an airtight container if making a large batch.

Notes

These are the measurements for 1 lb of ground beef. Cook the ground beef fully, drain grease, then add 1/2 cup tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
If you make a large batch use 2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning per 1 pound of ground beef.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 8kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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11 Comments

  1. Looks like a good recipe. However, you say:

    “Notes
    These are the measurements for 1 lb of ground beef. Cook the ground beef fully, drain grease, then add 1/2 cup tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

    If you make a large batch use 2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning per 1 pound of ground beef.”

    Makes no sense to me. Measurements are for one pound and why use 2 Tbsp. for one pound? You should clean this up.

    1. If you make a large batch of the seasoning, and are storing it in a jar.. when you prepare one pound of beef you will use 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix. This is just letting you know how much seasoning to use if you have made a large batch of seasoning to keep on hand. I hope that helps clarify things!

      1. Yes you can! I would use about 1 tablespoon of tomato paste with about 1/3 cup of water mixed together. The tomato paste has a very concentrated tomato flavor and the water will give it a thinner consistency to mix in.

  2. I love this taco recipe! It was better than the package and I know exactly what I’m putting in my body ❤❤❤ Thanks

  3. This has become my go to taco seasoning! I add 1/2 cup of medium chunky salsa instead of tomato sauce and sometimes cayenne or red pepper flakes for extra kick! Works well with ground turkey too! We now have nacho night at least once a week! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Recipe is delicious!!! Love making this so I know exactly what is in my seasoning. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. My husband and I have a Keto lifestyle and this was delicious! I only had chipotle chili powder and that gave it a little extra kick that so yummy! I cooked my ground beef with onion and added a little extra tomato sauce. We love this in lettuce tacos with grated cheddar cheese and pico! So much flavor!