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Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

I love making Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning. We use it every week for Taco Tuesday, and one large batch lasts us a very long time!

I began homemaking my taco seasoning back in 2012 (which is when I originally published this post!), after scanning the ingredients list on my store-bought taco seasoning packet and discovered unnecessary additives, preservatives, and excessive sodium levels.

I decided to make my own taco seasoning, so I could control the ingredients and not only is it healthier, it tastes way better too! And it’s cheaper to make yourself!

We usually make chicken tacos every week, but I use this blend on our beef tacos too!

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Why We Love This Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

  • Easy to Make: Just dump all the ingredients in a bowl, give it a stir and pour into your container. It takes 5 minutes and will last you a long time!
  • Cheaper: Making your own seasoning is much more cost-effective than purchasing lots of taco seasoning packets!
  • Healthier: No unnecessary additives, preservatives, and excessive sodium levels.
  • Giftable: This would be a GREAT gift to make your friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. for Christmas or other occasions like Teacher Appreciation Week.
Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Crafting your own taco seasoning allows you to customize your flavors so feel free to adapt the measurements to create your perfect blend!

  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Red Pepper Flakes
Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning Ingredients

If you’re looking for a good spice jar, I really like this glass spice dispenser! You can download and print the label I created HERE (I printed mine on Sticker Paper).

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

Yield: 1.25 cups taco seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

A delicious and customizable homemade taco seasoning that is healthier, cheaper, and tastes way better than store-bought packets!


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


Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container.

3 tablespoons = 1 taco seasoning

Yields approximately 1.25 cups of taco seasoning.

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Recipe originally published April 2012 and updated February 2024 (yes, 12 years later!) with new photos and a few gentle recipe tweaks.

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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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