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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Have you ever read the ingredients label on your taco seasoning packet? 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!

 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

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.

3 tablespoons = 1 taco seasoning

Yields approximately 1.25 cups of taco seasoning.

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February 2021 Update:

I’ve been making the above taco seasoning for years but recently decided to try a Taco Bell copycat seasoning recipe and REALLY liked it!!!! I tripled the recipe (and wish I had made an even bigger batch) and am storing it in this cute $3 glass container. And of course, I labeled it…because I am obsessed with my label maker and am on a huge labeling kick right now!

Taco Bell Copycat Seasoning

Taco Bell Copycat Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar


Whisk onion flakes, flour, beef bouillon, garlic salt, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and sugar together in a bowl.


Use 3 tablespoons of seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef.

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 Happy Taco Night, Friends!

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Thursday 27th of August 2015

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!! :)


Monday 15th of February 2021

3 tablespoons for 1 lb ground beef is what I use!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

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

Bekah Walsh

Sunday 3rd of March 2013

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. :)


Sunday 22nd of April 2012

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


Wednesday 18th of April 2012

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! :)

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