Always have taco seasoning on hand with this homemade blend of chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dried oregano.

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Prepared taco seasoning in a glass.

About Homemade Taco Seasoning

So, how many times have you started to whip up a recipe and discovered you forgot a small (yet crucial) ingredient? And, more often than not, is that missing ingredient a spice?

I know how you feel. We’ve all been there.

And if you’ve come to this page, I’ll bet your current missing ingredient is taco seasoning.

Those little packets just have a way of eluding us, don’t they?

But don’t worry; this page has exactly what you need. Taco seasoning is easy to make at home and takes only eight simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cabinets.

Close up of homemade taco seasoning.

What’s in taco seasoning?

For this particular recipe, you’ll need the following spices on hand:

  • Chili powder – Taco seasoning wouldn’t be taco seasoning without a little heat.
  • Ground cumin – A potent little spice, it helps give this seasoning its kick.
  • Smoked paprika – This can also be replaced with paprika, but you’ll be missing the depth that the “smoked” in smoked paprika brings.
  • Garlic powder – Because garlic. Garlic makes everything better. It brightens and enhances the flavor of this seasoning.
  • Onion powder – Like the garlic powder, this helps balance the flavor and complement the foods it’ll be used with.
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Dried oregano – Another spice for balancing the flavor. Dried oregano has a more pronounced leafy texture, and if you’d prefer a smoother consistency for your taco seasoning, you can process the finished mix in a food processor for a few pulses until it’s more finely ground.

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 (like this recipe).

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.

What recipes can you make with taco seasoning?

Once you’ve mastered this delicious spice blend, you’ll need plenty of recipes to try it with. A few of my favorites include:

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

Spoon scooping up a portion of 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, add together chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano.

Step 2 – Mix it all up.

Step 3 – Use and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Prepared taco seasoning in a glass.
5 from 5 votes

Homemade Taco Seasoning

5 minutes prep
8 kcal
Yields: 12 servings (2 teaspoons per)
Always have taco seasoning on hand with this homemade blend of chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dried oregano.



  • 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 oregano leaves are finely ground, but it's not required.
    2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Store taco seasoning in a sealed container. Use as needed.


Recipe makes about 1/4 cup taco seasoning.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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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    • Portia moleleki

    I love everything…I even thinking of making my own pasta shop🍝☺️

    • Bonnie

    I’ve made this Many times! It’s great as I don’t have to worry about MSG or gluten being added. Thx!!

    • 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.