Once you discover how easy this recipe for homemade taco seasoning mix is to make, you'll never buy another taco seasoning packet ever.
This taco seasoning mix is so much better than McCormick’s Taco Seasoning Packets or Lawry’s Taco Seasoning Packets.
Making your own is a great way to save money, avoid unpleasant additives, or use up all those spices in your pantry!
Plus, it's a fun DIY gift for family, friends, and teachers during the holidays.
Homemade taco seasoning mix is naturally gluten free and dairy free
Many stores bought taco seasoning is full of dairy, wheat, and not-so-great additives.
Instead, this taco seasoning mix recipe is naturally dairy free and gluten free.
If you have to avoid gluten or dairy, you'll love this mix recipe for tacos, burritos, or other Mexican dishes.
Just add 2 tablespoons of the mix to 1 pound of ground meat (turkey, beef, or even tofu crumbles) to your favorite recipe.
Homemade taco mix is better than store-bought mixes
With so many people dealing with food allergies or watching their carbs, a better solution is making jars of homemade taco meat seasoning.
Even vegan folks can enjoy this on their tofu crumbles since there is no dairy. (Can't say the same with the store-bought mixes.)
I also love not having to deal with the waste of those packs of taco mix packets. (2 tablespoons of this mix equals one packet.)
If you're cooking up ground meat for your favorite taco recipe, use 3 tablespoons of homemade mix to 1 pound of meat. Better flavor that way!
People love homemade gifts
You may already have gift cards or a check for your babysitter, hairstylist, dog walker, or neighbor. Adding a personalized gift like a jar of this easy taco mix recipe makes those appreciated gifts a little more special.
Add a couple of recipe cards with your easy homemade taco mix! Here are some of my recipes that use this mix:
(Remember 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of ground beef or ground turkey.)
Make a big batch of homemade taco seasoning mix!
When I make gifts, I like to make a big batch of homemade taco seasoning mix.
So I buy the big canisters of spices at my favorite warehouse store. Super affordable!
If you don't have a warehouse membership, check out the Hispanic aisle at Walmart or your grocery store. The Badia brand of spices is excellent and very inexpensive.
Here’s the ingredient list for a big batch.
- 3/4 cup dried oregano
- 3/4 cup ground cumin
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
(This makes almost 6 cups of mix or about 48 servings of 2 tablespoons each.)
Then I store the mix in a couple of large canning jars. (You can transfer some of the spice mix to smaller shakers if you want.)
To avoid clumping and caking, store the spices in a glass jar away from heat, light, and moisture. Then add some dried beans to the jar, which will absorb any extra moisture.
Making homemade taco seasoning mix is quick and easy
Need a last minute gift for a teacher or coworker? You can quickly make a batch of homemade taco seasoning in no time at all!
For my homemade taco spice blend presents, I use half pint (1 cup) wide mouth Mason jars. Put the seasoning in the jars (a Ball Collapsible Funnel makes it even easier), and decorate the jars with ribbons, labels, recipe cards, etc.
The kids can help measure spices, cut and tie ribbon, and so on.
Including a recipe card for your favorite tacos or burritos recipe is a cute touch, too. Just print something out on the computer or write something out on an index card.
Tips for making perfect taco seasoning
You can customize homemade taco seasoning ingredients to your personal taste.
You may prefer a mild taco seasoning blend, something spicier, or making it with more garlic or onion powder.
If you like a smoky flavor, substitute smoked paprika for regular (sweet) paprika.
If you have to avoid salt, you can make a low or no salt version, too.
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- pinch red pepper flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined and there are no lumps or clumping.
- Store in an airtight container.
For cooking, use 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning for 1 pound of ground meat.
Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 39Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1569mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.