How To Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

by lydia on April 12, 2016

I don’t know about your family, but my family has Taco Tuesday every single week. In light of this, I chose to come up with my own homemade taco seasoning blend. Both to save some money, time and avoid unwanted ingredients often found in most store-bought spice blends.

Why You Should Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Most spices available for purchase in grocery stores have been irradiated. Irradiation actually damages the quality of your food. Period. There is no reason for it. The process can also cause free radicals, which then go on to potentially cause more problems. Irradiated foods can lose nutrients by as much as 5-80%. That’s not cool in my book since many spices can contain trace amounts of key minerals and vitamins. Spices don’t only add flavor, they can add a nice hit of nutrition to your meal as well.

Another issue with typical store-bought seasoning blends is that many contain fillers that are not so great either. For example, here is a list of one popular brand of taco seasoning:

Well Known Brand of Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Spices (Including Chili Pepper, Cumin, Paprika, Oregano), Onion, Whey (Milk), Salt, Garlic, Sugar, Potato Starch, And Natural Flavor.

That one actually isn’t as bad as some. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need whey, sugar, potato starch or natural flavor in my seasoning packet. I just want pure ingredients for optimal health and flavor.

Where to Buy Spices for Taco Seasoning

Luckily, my local health food store carries spices you can buy in whatever quantity you need. If my spice jar runs out, I make a list and pick some up when I make a trip there. I like this because I can buy a little bit and not waste packaging or have to recycle another jar. They get their bulk spices from Frontier Herbs.

However, there are some herbs and spices I use so often it just makes sense for me to save $$ and buy them in bulk myself. Like chili powder, onion powder and parsley for example. So, each season I make a bulk order from Mountain Rose Herbs and that’s when I stock up on spices or herbs I use a lot of. They have the best quality from my experience.


Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 6 tsp. chili powder
  • 5 tsp. paprika
  • 5 tsp. cumin
  • 3 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne
  1. Mix all spices together and store in container for future taco nights. If you like your tacos spicier, add a bit more cayenne and some hot sauce to the meat. I make this mild for the kid's sake.
  2. I usually double or triple this recipe so I have plenty on hand to last me for a good while and I store it in an airtight vessel, such as a Fido jar.
  3. For every pound of meat, I use 7 tsp. of this seasoning. Play around with the amount you prefer for your own families tastes.

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