This gluten-free Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is the perfect balance of flavors. Control what goes into your food with this easy and mild seasoning.
A SIMPLE SEASONING BLEND
Once you start making your own taco seasoning, you'll see how easy it is to throw together and adjust the taste to your preferences!
CAN I MAKE THIS SEASONING MILD OR SPICIER?
You control how spicy or how mild you want this. My family prefers mild. Just use more or less chili powder depending on how spicy you want it. That is the benefit of making it yourself! No artificial additives or preservatives either. Also, my son loves to help make it and use it in our favorite Doritos Taco Salad or Taco Mac & Cheese.
HOW DO YOU STORE HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING?
It's really important to put your homemade taco seasoning in a zip-top bag or a lidded container. It will keep your spices as fresh as possible for a longer period of time.
HOW LONG IS HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING GOOD FOR?
Generally, the spices will last for 6 months. Check the expiration date on the bottles of spices you are using to make this taco seasoning mix. You'd be surprised how many of us are working with old spices! The fresher the spice, the longer this seasoning will last! Also, if you really love the idea of making your own seasoning mixes, you must try my Homemade Ranch Seasoning and
Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- chili powder
- onion powder
- ground cumin
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- kosher (or sea) salt
- black pepper
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING:
Measure all of the ingredients into a lidded jar (I love my mason jars!) Shake until all ingredients are combined.
It's a good idea to put a sticker or label on the jar that identifies the seasoning but also how to use it. So for one pound of meat, you would use 3 Tablespoons of seasoning plus about ⅔ cup of water.
WANT SOME RECIPES YOU CAN TEST OUT YOUR HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING IN? TRY THESE!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- ½ cup chili powder
- ¼ cup onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 Tablespoons kosher salt or sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon black pepper
- Measure all of the ingredients into a lidded jar.
- Shake until all ingredients are combined.
- This recipe makes about one cup of seasoning.
- Before each use, give it a good shake.
- 3 Tablespoons of seasoning = 1 packet
- For one pound of taco meat, use 3 Tablespoons of seasoning plus about ⅔ cup of water.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Here’s a free printable to attach to your jar. Just click HERE or on the photo below to print (double-sided).
Originally published: June 2015
Updated and republished: May 2019