The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning

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

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! 
4.73 from 43 votes
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Course: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 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. 


The BEST DIY Homemade Taco SeasoningThe BEST DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning


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    Do you use water

    Shawn McDonald

    Absolutely amazing


    two TBSP equals 1 packet. Do you also add water? if so how much? love your site bye the way! Thank you


      Thanks so much, Floria! Yes, 1 packet of taco seasoning is about 2 tablespoons. Do you mean add water to the dish? I guess that would depend on the dish you’re making. For ground beef, I add 1/4 cup for every pound of beef.


    Could you Substitute onion powder for dried onion and if so how much do you think I could use


      Yes, feel free to go ahead and substitute using a 1:1 ratio.


    This is the best taco seasoning recipe that I’ve ever used. I will be using this all the TIME now.


    How much seasoning w shrimp?
    Do i add water to seasoning w beef?


      The seasoning would depend on the recipe you’re making and the volume of the shrimp. Yes, I would add 1/4 cup of water to a pound of beef.

    pauline morris


    Daniel Shafransky

    Better than the store bought stuff and so easy to make. It’s excellent


    Way too much salt!!!!


      This is a complete seasoning mix so no extra salt needed.


    I’ve been looking for a good home made taco seasoning for years. i don’t exactly love most of the store bought packets except for Chi Chi’s here in Mn. This mix is what I’ve been looking for and my family loves it!. Instead of 2 Tbls chili powder, i use 1.5 tbls chili powder and .5 tbls chipotle chili powder. I also add 2 cubes of cilantro bullion powder and cut the salt in half. I also add a tsp celery seed. It really is fantastic!


    thank you

    TL Stinson

    The first time i made this, i used it in everything from black beans to tortilla soup! I came back to print the recipe out so i have it handy. best seasoning i have found!

    Matt saunders

    I know this might be frowned upon, but I add a bit of tomato puree to it while it’s reducing down. Test tonight on the recipe as some idiot (Me) grabbed a store fajita seasoning not taco mix. Let’s see if girlfriend can tell.


    My family and I truly enjoyed this. Easy to Makeand I had all the ingredients. This tasted better than store-bought. I am making more!! Thank you!


      Yass! So much better than store-bought! Enjoy 🙂

    R G

    WhaT PUrpose does the corn starch serve in this recipe?


      The corn starch makes the crust light and crispy. It’s optional but highly recommend!


    This is a great basic recipe. This time i used 2 Tbls of chipotle
    Chili powder in place of plain chili powder. I used 3 tbls of the seasoning mix, 1 poUnd ground turkey, 1/2 Onion, 1/2 red bell pepper, and 1/2 cup water to make taco Filing.


    Discovered this recipe a few months back. it is now the only taco seasoning this family uses; we LOVE IT!! tacos, burritos, nachos, the whole enchilada!! Thank you for this recipe. it is a game changer. no more prepackaged store bought envelopes!

    Elizabeth Kitching

    I used this taco SEASONING in a chili taco soup and It was wonderful. I used ITALIAN seasoning instead of OREGANO, and I used a little bit of seasoned slat for salt. I OMITTED the minced onion and the cornstarch. It was much better then the STORE BROUGHT stuff.


    just made this its amazing


    This Looks wonderful but how do you use it?

      linda jones

      I use two tablespoons of the seasoning mix in a pound of browned ground chuck. Add about a half cup of water. Simmer until slightly thickened (that’s the reason for the corn starch). To make soft tacos, I put a couple tablespoons of seasoned meat in a soft tortilla, fold it over, and place on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Put in a 350-degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Yummy!

    Edward snellbaker

    Homemake taco seasoning iN last longer can be us???


    This is a great recipe! I use onoin po instead of drIed onions i omit the orEgano and Use white pepper insted of black pepper! Yummy

    melissa smith

    so good!