The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

I’ve got The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning to share with you today! No more buying those packets from the grocery store, you’ll have the BEST right at your fingertips.
Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning coming your way! I bet you’ve got just about all of these ingredients in your pantry right now. With just 5 spices, you’ll have a jar of amazing homemade taco seasoning ready for your beef, chicken or seafood recipes! It’s actually even really good sprinkled in your scrambled eggs, chicken, beef, pasta and in mac and cheese sauce. Lots of ways to use it!

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How To Make Taco Seasoning?

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Here are your 5 ingredients you’ll need to get your taco seasoning ready to go. I don’t know about you, but I go through a LOT of ground cumin, so I always have the big bottle at hand from Costco. I make lots of Mexican dishes 🙂

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Let’s start with the cumin. Right in the bowl!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Kosher salt up next.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Garlic Salt and freshly ground black pepper in the bowl.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Last but not least, smoked paprika. Loooove this stuff. Make sure you get “smoked.” Makes a big difference.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Look at these pretty spices!!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Mix ‘er up 🙂

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Place your new taco seasoning in an airtight container and use as you’d like! Use about 3 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of meat.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika


  • Place all ingredients into large mixing bowl, stir to combine. Place in an airtight container. Use as desired to taco seasoning on ground beef and chicken breast.  Use about 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning per 1 pound of meat.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 42259mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7005IU | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5.1mg
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70 Responses
  1. Dana M usick

    I made this taco seasoning and was hesitant with “about 3 tablespoons per one pound of meat” so I used two and still was way too much . Are you sure it isn’t 3 teaspoons? Be careful, we could not eat our tacos!

  2. DebInTN

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have been making my own taco seasoning for years because the packaged stuff is too salty (not to mention all the unpronounceable ingredients either!).
    I was searching for an alternative to my usual and came across yours. As a personal preference– I did lower the salt by half and swapped garlic powder for the garlic salt.
    This recipe really tastes fantastic. I made a big batch and put it in a mason jar with one of those Parmesan cheese lids. Now I can just sprinkle it on the meat!
    Again–thanks for sharing!

    1. LW

      There is no way you used the same identical ingredients and the same amount called for and can say that!
      This recipe is screwed up and 99% of the reviews are proof! Such a shame the owner doesn’t revise it or DELETE it!

  3. Very interesting recipe…Ilove to use Cumin n most meat dishes…but I do find it very strong and overpowering so I will use 1/2 a qtr cup..Also as there is also Garlic salt in the recipe I will opt for half of the salt you recommend. So here goes…Cheers.and Thanks…ff

  4. Smalltowngirl68

    It must be a Texas thing but I’ve never heard of traditional taco seasoning without chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder.
    The ratio of salt and garlic salt to the other 3 ingredients is way off as well.

  5. Rhonda

    Thank you for sharing. That’s very kind of you!!! I look forward to trying this tonight on Kevin & Amanda’s Fajita Pasta dish. Love bloggers who share their secrets with the rest of us 🙂

  6. Frankie

    WAAAYYYY too salty! I recommend cutting the salt in half, at least. Between the salt and garlic salt, there is too much for the recipe. From what I could taste beyond the sodium chloride, it seems like a solid taco seasoning recipe. Play with it and make it your own!!!!

  7. Sara Walerius

    I made this tonight, and it was terrible. So salty we couldn’t eat our dinner. Had to throw it out. What a waste of time

  8. Ashleigh

    My husband and I love the flavors in this taco seasoning, but like most people have said, it’s way too salty. The flavors are great though, so I suggest using WAY less salt. I don’t know exactly how much salt I use when I make this, but it is significantly less. Add salt to your liking:)

    1. Lisa W

      I did the math as well and knew this recipe was going to be insanely salty…compare it to PW’s taco seasoning. Can’t imagine the commentors that made it and didn’t find it salty!!?

  9. Sara

    I just did the math and wondered if this would be much too salty. Now, reading the comments I believe I will make another batch without salt and combine. Thankful I only did 1/4 of the recipe to try. I might just add some chill powder as well. Has anyone else done this?

  10. Elise

    Love this recipe, i’ve used it before but typically would use 1 T for every pound of meat…tonight I did 3 T as suggested, and it was WAY too salty. My husband and I found it hard to eat. I definitely will keep making this, but start with one tablespoon per pound instead of 3 (at least for ground beef) and you’ll love it!
    Thanks for the recipe! I love this with feta and guac!

  11. Monique DC

    Seems a bit heavy on salt: recommend you substitute GARLIC POWDER for Garlic salt. And I was surprised there was no chili powder in the mix (used to work for a family owned Mexican restaurant. We always included chili powder (not too much) because it brings a great heat to the meat.

  12. Jennifer L.

    This mix would have been awesome but for all that salt. I knew it was a lot when I was making it and I used less than the recipe called for. It was still ridiculously salty. Next time I try this I will be cutting out the salt completely and adding it to taste at the end of cooking.

  13. Jennifer L.

    This mix would have been really good but for all that salt. I knew it was too much when I was mixing it, and used less. Still way too salty. ??

  14. Kim

    I wish I had read through the comments before making this! This is way too salty and I love salty foods. I’m going back to Penzeys.

  15. Stephanie

    Like many others, way too salty… Love the *flavor* and the whole family agreed it would be good to make again without the salt. I like a previous commenter’s idea to make without the salt and then season to taste. I’m not quite ready to give up on it, but this recipe definitely needs some adjustment.

  16. Titan

    Ok, so this is the best taco seasoning mix ever. I HATE, HATE the taste of that packaged stuff ie(like taco bell). This DOES NOT taste that that stuff. And the difference is this has no chili powder in it. Dont get me wrong, I like chili powder when it is cooked within recipes, but not added at the end. We add this to our refried beans,Cheese sauce, spanish rice,fajitas, grilled chicken. You want a killer rcipe, merinade your chicken in pickle juice over night, then coat with this….AMAZING.It is so expandable where you can use it. Someone had said it was way too salty, but not if you use Kosher salt. They must have used table salt in which, yes it would be way too salty. 20 STAR RECIPE

      1. Titan

        Everyones tatse is different. Make another batch and leave the salt out. You could probably mix the 2 together, there you go!

        1. Smalltowngirl68

          Seriously..if 1/4th of a cup of this is salt and your tastebuds dont tell you its might have your sodium levels checked.

  17. Candiss

    I am a firm believer of the rule, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. However, I am about to break it. I feel the need to warn others. THIS IS TOO SALTY!!! I blame myself for not reading the comments and for not trusting my instincts when I was adding 1/4 cup salt and 2 teaspoons of garlic salt. Duh! I feel awful for feeding this to my family. It smelled wonderful, but was not.

    If you have read all the comments and you still plan on trying it, I would recommend only making 1/4 of the recipe so you don’t waste spices.

        1. Ansa

          How about adding no salt at all and using only garlic powder and later adjusting salt to taste in the recipe. Will that do?

  18. Titan

    This sounds good. Does anyone know does it taste like the taco packet seasoning cause I hate that fake taste. Thanks

  19. Kelly

    I wish I’d read reviews before trying. Way too salty. Was this supposed to be garlic powder instead of garlic salt?? I hate that I wasted all that cumin and paprika because I have to toss this. 🙁

  20. Allan

    Great dish, chicken fajita pasta, very tasty, we halved the quantity of salt in the seasoning and used garlic powder but still too salty

  21. Juliann

    I followed the taco seasoning recipe and made this with Amanda’s Fajita chicken Pasta recipe… but the entire dish came out so salty.

  22. Dena

    Tried this last night and it had good flavor, but was way too salty. my 11 year old son said it first and he eats tacos like they’re going out of style. Of course I made a big batch of meat. I might make another batch of seasoning w/out the salt and mix it with the rest of this first batch and hopefully it will be okay. was disappointed.

  23. lila

    Oh my gosh. I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt and it was still way overkill on the salt. Something is amiss and needs to be corrected. I just wasted a whole bunch of seasonings. 🙁

  24. Julia

    I also made a batch of this seasoning and it was incredibly salty. I also only used 2 tablespoons for a pound of ground beef, rather than the 3 tablespoons as recommended in the recipe. Ended up throwing out the leftover taco meat and the remainder of the seasoning mix.

    I think if I were to make this over again, I would just leave out the kosher salt entirely, replace the garlic salt with garlic powder, and then add salt to taste.

  25. Abby K.

    I used this to make a Mexican quinoa salad, and it was way too salty for me. I like the spice to the recipe, but next time I think I am going to use garlic powder instead of garlic salt.

  26. Barb

    This is the saltiest seasoning I have ever tried. We were not able to eat the taco meat I created with it. Perhaps it should have been garlic powder rather than garlic salt…but honestly no matter how you look at it, it’s just too much salt. Threw away the meat and all the rest of the seasoning mix I made. Think this one needs revision!

      1. Kim

        Did anyone ever figure out what the mistake was in the recipe. I made it and it was very strong and over powering and salty.

  27. Mary

    Do you think garlic powder would work instead of garlic salt? I am also watching my salt intake. I can’t wait to try it, my son has tacos weekly!

  28. Karen

    I make my own taco seasoning too. This looks like a good recipe. I have to make mine without salt…for my husband. I know, I know…..the spice combination looks good though.

  29. Alexandra

    Hey there! Would you use water with the seasoning like you would if you used a packet? If so how much? Thanks! 🙂

  30. I bet that I would save a ton of money making this from scratch. It would be a great gift in a Mexican gift basket as well. 😀 I’m going to a wedding on Cinco De Mayo, so this would be a great addition to the newlyweds’ present.

  31. I totally need to get on this. I’m always patching it all together when I need it–having it all made just makes so much more sense.

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