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Move aside store-bought seasonings, we don’t need you anymore! Make your own Taco Seasoning at home that tastes just as good, if not better, than the store-bought stuff. You only need a few handfuls of Mexican spices, some salt, and yellow cornmeal. Perfect to use for Taco Tuesday, Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat or Taco Rice!
The Best Copycat Taco Seasoning
Do you do Taco Tuesdays? We sure do, and boy, do we make our way through loads of taco seasoning! But what happens when we run out? Why, I make my own, of course!! I will admit that I try to keep at least one or two store-bought taco seasoning packets in my pantry for when I run out of the homemade or don’t have all the ingredients on hand to make it. It is definitely a lifesaver in a pinch, and there is definitely no judgement here, but once you make this homemade version, you really won’t want to go back to store-bought. A quick glance at pre-made taco seasoning packet ingredients can give you an idea of how to go about making your own. The recipe I’m sharing today is my favorite combination of spices, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
How to Make Taco Seasoning
I think you’ll recognize all of these ingredients in the taco seasoning mix and most likely already have jars in your spice cabinet waiting to be put to good use. All of these are common spices…even smoked paprika is easy to find nowadays.
For a complete ingredients list and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below.
Combine Ingredients + Stir
This hardly needs to be said, but combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Your homemade taco seasoning is ready to use in any recipe you would use taco seasoning!
How to Use Homemade Taco Seasoning
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is enough for 1 pound of ground beef. Simply brown your ground beef, sprinkle in the seasoning, and stir. Add in 3/4 cup cold water and simmer until ready to serve.
If you buy lean ground beef, there’s no need to drain the excess fat, but if you have a fattier kind of beef, feel free to drain it before adding in the seasoning and water. Also, your finished taco meat might seem a little saltier because after the ground meat has been browned and drained, you’ll be left with less meat if you’re using fattier beef.
Can I make a big batch of this?
Yes, I’d definitely recommend making a triple or quadruple batch (or even bigger!) of this recipe. You’ll just have to remember that 3 1/2 tablespoons of this taco seasoning is the amount you’ll sprinkle into your meat to season it properly. I’d recommend making one batch first to see how you like it and then go from there.
How to Store Taco Seasoning
Just like any seasoning or dried herb, you’ll want to store this in an airtight container or a small mason jar in a cool, dark cabinet or drawer. It will last for months as long as it’s sealed up well.
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I’d love for you to try this and give it a star review! Be sure to save/bookmark/print/pin/share this recipe. I love it and think you will too.
Have a great day, friends! Happy taco-making!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Measure out all spices and ingredients into a small bowl. Stir to combine.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
Homemade Taco Seasoning FAQs
Taco seasoning is a blend of spices and herbs used to add flavor to tacos and other Mexican-inspired dishes. It typically includes a combination of chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
A DIY taco seasoning recipe allows you to customize the flavor and adjust the spice level according to your preferences. It also allows you to control the ingredients, avoiding any additives or preservatives that may be present in store-bought seasoning packets.
You can adjust the spice level by adding or reducing the amount of chili powder, cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes in the seasoning blend. Start with smaller amounts and gradually increase or decrease until you reach your desired level of spiciness.
A general guideline is to use approximately 2-3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning per pound of meat. However, feel free to adjust the amount according to your taste preferences.
Yes! Homemade taco seasoning can be used to flavor various dishes such as fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, chili, soups, and more. It adds a delicious Mexican-inspired flavor to a wide range of recipes.