Never be without this popular spice again by keeping this homemade taco seasoning recipe on hand. It’s made with eight common spices and can stay fresh in your cupboard for years.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning! Never be without this popular spice again by keeping this homemade taco seasoning recipe on hand. It's made with eight common spices and can stay fresh in your cupboard for years. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Homemade Taco Seasoning

I’ve lost count of how many times I went to whip up a recipe and discovered I forgot a small (yet crucial) ingredient. And, more times than not, the missing ingredient is a spice.

It wasn’t long before I started collecting spice recipes, and one of the first mixtures I tracked down was for taco seasoning. It’s one of those spices where I clearly don’t think I use it as much as I actually do, seeing as I’m always leaving the grocery store without it and am constantly frustrated when a food I’m craving requires it.

And besides, even when I do remember to pick some up, those handy little packets pedicular way of “disappearing” once they cross the threshold of my cabinets.

So, if you’re anything like me, this spice recipe is sure to get you out of a bind when mismatched planning (or messy cabinets) try to foil your food cravings.

How to make taco seasoning,

How much taco seasoning is in a packet?

Many recipes will call for “one packet” of taco seasoning, but that can be problematic if you’re in the habit of making your own custom spice blends.

But fear not! The math on this one is easy.

A standard taco packet holds about 1.25 ounces, which equals about 2.5 tablespoons of taco seasoning. You can safely use this amount of your homemade taco seasoning for any recipe that calls for one packet.

How long can spices be kept?

It doesn’t take long to accumulate a cabinet full of spices, but like all foods, they do have a “best buy” date. When determining how long to keep (or whether to use) a spice, these are the general rules of thumb:

  • Whole spices (not ground) can stay fresh for four years.
  • Ground spices stay fresh for two to three years.
  • Dried herbs can be used for one to three years.

This taco seasoning has a combination of ground spices and dried herbs, so it should remain fresh for one to three years.

What recipes can you make with taco seasoning?

an old friend of mine and I tend to shy away of spice, but taco seasoning is one of the few that we can handle. A few of our favorite taco-spice-inspired dishes are:

A full list of what's in taco seasoning.

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How to make taco seasoning at home

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add chili powder. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add ground cumin. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add smoked paprika. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add garlic powder. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add onion powder. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add salt. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add black pepper. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 1 - Add dried oregano.

Step 2 – Mix it all up.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 2 - Mix well. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 2 - Stir well. Homemade Taco Seasoning Step 2 - Mix until blended.

Step 3 – Store and enjoy as needed!

A homemade recipe for taco seasoning.

Recipe Details

Homemade Taco Seasoning! Never be without this popular spice again by keeping this homemade taco seasoning recipe on hand. It's made with eight common spices and can stay fresh in your cupboard for years. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.67 from 6 votes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

5 mins prep
33 kcal
Yields: 3 servings
Never be without this popular spice again by keeping this homemade taco seasoning recipe on hand. It's made with eight common spices and can stay fresh in your cupboard for years.

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix together chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano. If desired, you can pulse the seasonings in a food processor so that the oregano leaves are finely ground, but it's not required.
  • Store spice in a sealed container. Use as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 2100IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.6mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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2 comments

    • Dee (XtexGal)
    • 5 stars

    Request; I never use color when I print recipes, so when the ingredients are shown in color the results print light grey and are very difficult to read. Maybe it can be changed on my end but I am not familiar with how. Could you just use black and white on Names, Ingredients, and Instructions. Not as pretty but very helpful. Love your site and recipes. Num-Nums. Thanks, Dee

    • Nadine M Coburn
    • 5 stars

    What a great idea. Plus it is made without the added sugar and starch. Will no longer buy the packets. Thanks.