Quick homemade taco seasoning loaded with chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and oregano. This perfectly balanced taco seasoning mix makes the BEST seasoning for tacos, burritos, chicken, and much more! 

The BEST DIY Homemade Taco SeasoningTaco Tuesdays just got a whole lot better! Homemade taco seasoning is a MUST in my pantry. I used to go through packs of taco seasoning every week but why use the packaged stuff when you can make your own? Don’t get me wrong, store-bought taco packets are very convenient and taste so good but are loaded with a whole bunch of fillers and ingredients we can’t even pronounce.

This quick DIY homemade version tastes even better and will save you a lot of time and money. You can mix a big batch and store it in a large mason jar or just mix a 2 tablespoon version to make the equivalent of one taco mix packet.

The BEST DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade DIY Taco Seasoning: What you will Need

  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  •  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)

Add all the spices to a mason jar. Cover tightly and shake! Enjoy on chicken, shrimp, or beef!

Tip: 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning is equivalent to 1 packet of store-bought taco seasoning.

The BEST DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning

4.68 from 75 votes

The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning

Quick homemade taco seasoning makes 1 packet or a large batch. This perfectly balanced taco seasoning mix makes the BEST seasoning for tacos, burritos, chicken, and much more! 
Prep5 minutes
Servings 4



  • Add all the spices to a mason jar or large zip-seal bag. Close and shake until fully combined. 


About 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning are equivalent To 1 taco packet. 
To make enough for 1 packet, reduce the serving size to 1 serving via the button above. 

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Course: Mexican
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  1. Love your recipes, species I usually have, easy to follow and not too long and drawn out. Glad I found you on line. Anne

  2. Hi,
    Sorry for the stupid question but, is this mix still being mixed together with water? As the store bought is. If so, how much would be recommended?

    1. Your question isn’t stupid at all! As with any mix, this should have given instructions for how to use it, including things like, “Brown 2 (or 1?) pounds of ground beef, drain off fat, and add 2 Tablespoons of seasoning with 1/3 cup of water. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, until liquid is slightly thickened.”

      As it is, the directions only say that 2 Tablespoons of mix equal approximately 1 packet of seasoning, but if we had a packet of seasoning to get the instructions from, we probably wouldn’t be hunting down this recipe!

  3. Hi I love this idea but wondering what size mason jar does this fill pease?

  4. Made this 3 times now, multiplied the recipe by 16 to make enough to share (makes just over 7 cups). I’ve made bottles of this spice mix to give as gifts at Christmas and everyone loved it! I use this spice mix on almost everything – hamburgers, soups, stews, casseroles… I sprinkle it on chicken, fish, pork… almost anything. My spaghetti wouldn’t be the same without it! It’s just a great combination of spices that elevate every dish I use it in. Highly recommend! Keep it in a mason jar to keep it fresh.

  5. Wow so Spicey. All the flavours get lost in the heat.

  6. How long will the seasoning mix stay “fresh” or “good” for? Thanks!

  7. What extra can I add if I want it hot instead of mild.

    1. For a kick, use Spanish Blend Chili Powder!

    1. Acts as a thickening agent and absorbs the liquid in the meat

  8. Where is the “button above” for the amounts needed for one serving of this recipe?

    1. Hover your mouse over where it says servings 4. A bar should come up, move the bar to the left, and it will take it down to enough for one serving. Hope that helps.

    2. It’s next to the servings you can toggle it left or right to adjust the servings the recipe makes!

  9. I made Taco Soup for supper last night and realized that I had forgot to buy a taco seasoning packet. You came to the rescue!! I love this seasoning recipe. I made a small mason jar full and should be good for seasoning for a year! LOL Thank you for such a perfect recipe. I think it’s better than the store bought!

    1. well i accidentally put in one TBS of garlic powder not one tsp is this gonna ruin it?

      help! sincerely an idiot

      1. Recipe says 1 Tablespoon salt. If all other ingredients were measured accurately you’re set.

  10. Great taco seasoning very quick and easy to make. We had beef burritos with this seasoning. Very good!

  11. One question: did you use cumin seed? or cumin powder? or roasted cumin powder??
    Thank you.

    1. I making my own cumin powder at home by blending fresh cumin seeds.

  12. Wow!! I had always tried to make my own seasoning from reason the ingredients of packets I used to use, never came out that great. I eyeballed all measurements using all the ingredients you listed and !!! Super on point!! Glad I found something where I am not missing taco seasoning packets! Who needs them all the extra fillers and added preservatives when you can make a better one at home! Thanks!

  13. Great recipe! Made it tonight, loved it! My only substitution, instead of salt, I used 1 Tbsp of Adobe .. no more store bought for us!

  14. Thank you!!! We used this recipe last night and it was so yummy 😋 way more flavour than store bought.
    It’s unfortunate that you keep getting comments about the salt because people aren’t reading the recipe properly but we think it was perfectly balanced.
    This was the first homemade recipe I tried so I’m so glad I’ve found it. I think now I’ve convinced my boyfriend to eat the home made version instead of the store bought one he loved so much.

    1. hi, what about the salt? I haven’t seen comments and planning on making tonight