Homemade Taco Seasoning

Have you ever read the ingredients label on your taco seasoning packet? Sadly, we average two taco dinners a week and I always assumed the ingredients were pretty straight forward, just a bunch of spices. I could not have been more wrong. In fact, store bought seasoning is riddled with MSG and full of other nasty things {like MILK SUGAR! Yes, MILK!}.

Just see for yourself!

Β So, I decided to make my own taco seasoning, using real ingredients. Not only can you control the ingredients of homemade taco seasoning, it tastes better and is much cheaper than store packets.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


1/4 cup Ground Cumin
1/4 cup Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Chili Powder
1/4 cup Onion Powder
4 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper


Mix all ingredients together! Store in freezer.

Yields approximately 1.25 cups of taco seasoning {which is more than 10 packets of store bought taco seasoning}!

Β Happy {healthy} Taco Night, Friends!



  1. Annie
    April 16, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    Yes please. I will be printing this out and making it, probably tonight. We unfortunately or fortunately do lots of taco packets a week too haha!

  2. Megan@TwoDelighted
    April 16, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    You are always full of such helpful information!!! You got it going on lady. I will definitely be using this next time I make tacos. That is if sandwich night ever ends. πŸ™‚

  3. Carrie Burrill
    April 16, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    Scary how much sodium they pack into packaged foods and seasonings!

  4. Kate
    April 16, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

  5. Whitney
    April 16, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I actually just realized this the other day, and I will NEVER buy taco seasoning in the packets again!! Thanks for sharing the exact ingredients!

  6. Kaity
    April 16, 2012 / 2:09 pm

    I'll have to make this! I had no idea Taco Seasoning had milk in it- gross! New follower here πŸ™‚

  7. April of A. Liz Adventures
    April 16, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    Awesome post – I'll defintely be making this. We won't have any problem making a dent in this large quantity πŸ™‚

  8. Pamela
    April 16, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Ah, so cool! Will have to try it out sometime!! We have Mexican frequently too, ha!

  9. Amanda
    April 16, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    I have done this before, I not only is it healthy, it's cheaper too! Mexican is a weekly staple in our household too πŸ™‚

  10. Melissa
    April 16, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    oh my! I don't think I have ever read the labels before…Im printing this off to try πŸ™‚ thanks!

  11. Mel (Northern Lights)
    April 16, 2012 / 3:25 pm

    Milk? Gross. Thanks for sharing, I will be sure to make this tonight!!

  12. Mel (Northern Lights)
    April 16, 2012 / 3:25 pm

    Milk? Gross. Thanks for sharing, I will be sure to make this tonight!!

  13. Rachel
    April 16, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    You are so freaking innovative, and I love it! πŸ™‚

  14. Suz L
    April 16, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    pinned this and totally trying it!

  15. Liz
    April 16, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    genius! my husband and I live in Amsterdam (moved from Portland, OR) and we miss Mexican food SO MUCH. They don't sell taco seasoning here (nothing decent, anyways), so I might just have to use this recipe!!!

  16. Dee Stephens
    April 16, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    I'm trying this tonight too!

  17. Fashion Meets Food
    April 16, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    I have everything to make this so looks like I know what i will be making tonight! Thanks for sharing. I hate buying the store bought because of how much sodium is in it. xo

  18. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    April 16, 2012 / 10:39 pm

    Love this! Will definitely have to make this!

  19. A Simple Southern Life
    April 17, 2012 / 11:12 am

    Wow, I never realized how bad taco seasoning is for you! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Kayln
    April 17, 2012 / 2:17 pm

    Okay so I'm getting caught up on my Google Reader and all your recipes/food posts are making me hungry! I can't wait to try this!!! xo

  21. Sara
    April 17, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    No way! That's awesome! I've been wondering if there was a low sodium way to make taco seasoning. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Courtney B
    April 17, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    Oh my goodness…. YUM! We love taco nights! I will definitely be making your seasoning. "Pin"ing it now!

  23. LuLu
    April 18, 2012 / 1:49 am

    I am so making this! Thank you for sharing.

  24. Jess
    April 18, 2012 / 3:38 am

    Someone saw my blog post today and said to make sure I checked out this one! This would make my healthy turkey nachos even more healthy! πŸ™‚

  25. Mara
    April 22, 2012 / 5:28 pm

    I can't wait to try this!I love your new blog design too. So cute and girly :)-Maraobzfamily.blogspot.com

  26. Bekah Walsh
    March 3, 2013 / 12:25 am

    This is super late, but I have used and referred to this so many times since finding your blog last July. I felt like I really needed to come say THANK YOU! Just made some yummy black bean veggie burgers using this stuff. πŸ™‚

  27. Mich
    April 2, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    How much of this would you use per pound of ground beef?

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  31. Stay Crafty My Friends
    August 27, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    How much of this would you use per pound of ground beef? I'm a newlywed who's husband would eat tacos every night of the week if I let him so we definitely go through a ton of those little packs from the store, too! Great post, thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

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