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Taco seasoning in a glass jar with a blue napkin around it.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Make your own Taco Seasoning at home in minutes with a few common pantry spices. It's cheaper and tastier than store-bought, and you can easily customize it if you want to.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 35kcal



  • In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste (I like 2 teaspoons). Whisk in cornstarch if desired.



  1. Cornstarch: This is a thickening agent found in store-bought packets. It's totally optional.
  2. To make tacos: Add 2 tablespoons of seasoning for every pound of ground meat. 2 tablespoons seasoning is equivalent to one packet of store-bought.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1/2 cup taco seasoning (without salt or cornstarch). Assuming 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of meat, the full recipe as written is enough taco seasoning for 4 pounds of ground meat.
  4. Storage: Store covered in a cool, dark place and use within 6 months. 


Serving: 2teaspoons | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2746IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg