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An easy homemade taco seasoning blend, ready to use in anything you can dream up! Make a batch and keep it on hand for Taco Tuesday!
I stopped buying store-bought taco seasoning forever ago. It’s just so easy to make my own and keep it on hand and tastes better than the taco seasoning packet versions.
My Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe has no fillers like potato starch and uses quality ingredients. That means your finished dish will be of higher quality too! Win/Win, right? It’s also gluten-free – provided you use certified gluten-free ingredients (check the label if this is a concern for you!)
A NOTE ABOUT CHILI POWDER: This uses prepared chili powder, NOT pur ground chilies
WAYS TO USE TACO SEASONING
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Chili Powder. I mention this above, but I need to say it again. DO NOT use pure ground chilis in this. Use a prepared chili powder!
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Salt & Pepper
How to make Homemade Taco Seasoning
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Using a mortar and pestle, or a small bowl – combine all ingredients.
Store in an airtight jar in the pantry, and use within a few months.
How to use Taco Seasoning
TO MAKE TACO MEAT
- 1 pound meat (I use lean ground beef)
- 1-2 Tbs Taco Seasoning
- 3/4 cup water
- Brown the meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
- Stir in seasoning mix and water.
- Bring to boil and reduce heat.
- Let it simmer while you prepare the toppings and taco shells.
What to do with leftovers
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat until it is piping hot!
You can use taco sauce if that’s what you can find at the store.
Adding black beans, or pinto beans to the taco meat mixture is also a great way to add a little fiber, and will make your meat go further. Which means more shells. And more leftovers. I call this a win.
This recipe can also be frozen before baking. Cover tightly with foil and wrap with plastic wrap. Freeze.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container until needed.
Tips & Notes:
Brown the beef, sprinkle the seasoning in and add the water. Let it simmer while you prepare the toppings and taco shells.
Recipes written and produced on Kylee Cooks are for informational purposes only. Kylee is not a certified nutritionist. Nutritional data provided on Kylee Cooks has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration.
Update: This was originally posted in January of 2011, and has been updated to improve reader experience with new photos!