Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe Using Standard Pantry Ingredients

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s beyond easy to make your own taco seasoning for pennies. Just gather a few spices and blend it all together! I store mine in a repurposed glass jar. Come see my easy recipe. 

Homemade Taco seasoning is easy to make yourself with standard pantry ingredients. #TexasHomesteader

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Back in ‘the day‘ I always kept several packets of taco seasoning in my pantry. It’s a great was to season food easily.

But that was before I started on this simple life journey. I’ve since learned that it’s beyond easy to whip up these spice mixes for myself. Come see…

What is Taco Seasoning Mix Made Of?

It couldn’t be easier to make your own taco seasoning. And it takes only a few simple pantry staple ingredients:

Homemade taco seasoning is simple to make with standard pantry ingredients. #TexasHomesteader

        • Chili Powder

        • Cumin

        • Paprika

        • Garlic Powder

        • Onion Powder

        • Dried Oregano

        • Salt & Black Pepper

        • Flour (for thickening)

See what I mean? Simple. No complicated ingredients or preservatives. Just natural food. 

How To Mix Homemade Taco Seasoning

The complicated instructions for making this homemade seasoning? Get out your pencils, boys & girls:

Just mix all the dry ingredients into a repurposed glass jar & shake to mix!

Heck I even used a cute reusable *Chalkboard Label to easily identify the contents.

A simple homemade taco seasoning to keep on hand for your favorite Tex-Mex dishes! #TexasHomesteader

Now my homemade taco seasoning is at the ready whenever I need it. 

How Much Taco Seasoning Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes over a cup & a half of taco seasoning. Since we eat lots of Tex-Mex food, I needed to make plenty of taco seasoning!

But feel free to scale it down to a smaller quantity if needed to reflect how often you’ll be using this savory seasoning for your own family.

What Dishes Use Taco Seasoning?

I use taco seasoning when making some of our favorite Tex-Mex meals such as:

Leftover roast turned into street tacos using flour tortillas. #TexasHomesteader

Carnitas Tacos

Stacked Chile Relleno Casserole

Taco Spaghetti

Pulled-Pork Enchiladas

Taco Soup

Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas

Or… well anything Tex-Mex flavored! 

RancherMan & I enjoy lots of Tex-Mex food, y’all. You know, ’cause that’s how we roll in Texas! You can see my favorite Tex-Mex recipes here: 

How Much Taco Seasoning For 1 Pound of Meat?

I typically use 2 Tablespoons of my homemade seasoning per pound of ground meat.

Ground meat and onions cooked in cast iron skillet with homemade taco seasoning mix. #TexasHomesteader

I typically brown the meat, strain the grease and sprinkle on my seasoning. And all these spices were already in my kitchen so whipping up the seasoning mix took only minutes. It was oh-so-cheap too.

And (my fave) there’s NO tiny foil packet to throw away each & every time I use it.

Other Favorite Homemade Seasoning Mixes

I use repurposed jars & containers for all my homemade seasoning mixess.

Breakfast Sausage Seasoning

Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix

BBQ Dry Rub Seasoning

Pre-Mix Salt/Pepper Ratio

Making seasoning mixes yourself gives you so much more flexibility and control over the ingredients. Make it & use it the way ya like it!

Yes, of course I’ll share my homemade taco seasoning recipe with you!

Did you make this Homemade Taco Seasoning? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Homemade taco seasoning is simple to make with standard pantry ingredients. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

MYO Taco Seasoning Mix

Course Seasoning
Cuisine TexMex
Keyword homemade, seasoning, taco, TexMex
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 3/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 Tablespoon black ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano



  1. Add all ingredients to a jar.
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of spice mixture to 1 lb of ground meat.


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6 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe Using Standard Pantry Ingredients

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    Great mix. Having my own homemade taco mix in the cabinet is so convenient and cheap since I don’t have to buy those little packets of the premade stuff. Plus I can amend each batch of homemade taco seasoning as I like, adding fewer or more of any specific seasoning my family enjoys.

  2. Nancy

    I, also make my own taco seasoning. I don’t eat as much as you do, because Kaleigh has suddenly decided she doesn’t like tacos. She had a touch of the flu one time and blamed getting sick on the tacos. No one else got sick but she hasn’t eaten them since. So I just make small batches and put it in a 4 oz. canning jars. I also make my own pumpkin pie seasoning. It also gets stored in the small canning jars.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Any time you can make for yourself something you used to buy, it’s a win/win from a health, financial & environmental standpoint, huh Nancy. Good for you! ~TxH~

  3. ColleenB.~ Tx.

    Super Good Stuff.
    I make this All the time. My son-in-laws kept asking for me to make more for them, so I finally decided to tape the recipe right to their gifted jar for them to make themselves.

  4. Patti

    Perfect timing!! I’m making chicken tacos tonight and what mix I had wasn’t going to be enough. I have everything listed on hand. You saved the day!! Hope everyone is feeling better. That virus/flu hit all of us and like you it was no fun….. Thank you, Patti

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      This recipe is very adaptable, Patti. We like the flavor of cumin so sometimes I’ll stir in a little more if it suits me. Tweak it to suit your tastes, but I will say – you’ll never buy the commercial stuff again… Bon Appetit! ~TxH~


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