Easy Kitchen Tips – Taco Seasoning Recipe

Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of a packet of taco seasoning? Maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, soybean oil and malic acid are just a few I noticed.

Want a healthy alternative?  Try this recipe for taco seasoning, not only is it way better than that stuff in a packet, a 5 year old can pronounce all the ingredients.


1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika {I used smoked paprika}
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2  teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix all the spices together in a small bowl,then store in an airtight container.

Be sure and check out my recipes for Allspice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Hot Chocolate Mix, Italian Seasoning and more.

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  1. Kathy says

    Oh this is too funny for my sister and I were just talking about making our own yesterday morning! And I hadn’t gotten around to looking it up any where. Thanks for this Mavis. And Happy Halloween!

  2. Mamalala says

    I make my own too. So yummy and cheaper. I like where other recipes put some cornstarch sort thickens up a bit. 😉

  3. Jenn says

    I’ve been making my own for about 6 months now. So much better than the store bought stuff. And Mavis, I’m like you, if a 5 year old can pronounce the ingredients, then it is way better for you!

  4. says

    Last sunday I was halfway into making chili con carne when I realized I was out of my usual chili spice mix… I made a small batch of this and used it in about the same amount I would normally use… fantastic! Thank you for this very useful tip!

  5. Paula says

    The photograph looks like there is masa harina included, but I don’t see it in your recipe. If you’ve never tried it in your mix, you should. I like the slightly different flavor and the way it changes the consistency of the prepared meat.

  6. Sharon says

    Just finished up my first batch of homemade taco seasoning. It was such a hit with family and friends that I am attaching a label to the jar with the recipe. I tripled your recipe and store it in a clean glass pizza sauce jar. Due to a sensitivity to MSG and sulphites I am searching out homemade recipes. I’m so glad I found your website through pinterest. Thanks for a great recipe to add to my spices.

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