Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix – Save Money

Homemade taco seasoning mix can be used in place of the more expensive pre-packaged taco seasoning mix at the store. Blend together spices out of your own kitchen to create your own homemade taco seasoning mix. You can save money by making your own homemade taco seasoning mix and its just as tasty as what you buy in the packaged taco seasoning mix.

taco seasoning mix

Homemade taco seasoning mix is very easy to make, as all you need to do is measure out a few ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Why not save money and make your own homemade taco seasoning mix? I have been making this mix for almost 15 years. It is easy to do, and I always have these ingredients on hand. If you like a little variety you can add or subtract ingredients. For example, sometimes I add oregano or even a little chipotle powder. Who doesn’t love it when they can save some money?

What I really love about this recipe is that if you are in are on a low-sodium diet this taco seasoning is perfect for you, as it has no salt in the mix. I know a lot of people are looking for low salt alternatives and this one works well. I hate having salt predetermined for you, I always would prefer to add in salt myself.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Here is my friend, and fellow food blogger Fran from http://www.frantasticfood.com. She prepared her signature dish, fried Wontons using my homemade taco seasoning mix. She filed this report with the CNN ireports. Fabulous video, I almost hate putting this against my video, but you know what, good food, is good food.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, Main dish Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

This seasoning mix is a great money saver and very tasty!


  • 6 teaspoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper


Combine all ingredients together, and mix well. This should be stored in an airtight container for up to six months. Use 3 tablespoons of mix and add one cup of water, to one pound of ground beef.

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  • http://foodnetwook.com bastisraul

    I added MSG to this mix. We use a lot of it at home in lieu of salt because it contains 1/3 less sodium. A healthy alternative for the majority of folks that have no medical issues with MSG.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      A lot of people don’t like to use MSG. I know it makes things taste a lot better though.

      • http://foodnetwook.com bastisraul

        I have found, as you must have, that if something is repeated enough times, it then becomes gospel but with no basis. I saw it on the internet, so it must be true kind of thing. That is what has happened to MSG over these many years. For whatever reason MSG became an underground, not to be spoken of in mixed company item. There are a small majority of people that do get headaches from it. I have never met them but I do know that they are out there. Their complaint is genuine and they never order take-out from China Garden etc. It is a food enhancer of which there are few equals and it is healthier than using straight salt. Maybe some of your many followers will respond to their reasons for not using MSG, other than medical reasons. I would be very interested in the other side of the coin on this issue. We love MSG and use it almost daily.

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  • lisa cowgill

    Thanks so much! I just made this and it was fabulous. It will save money and it’s healthier too. I hate buying processed mixes. Yummy and convenient. Didn’t have the ceyanne pepper but threw in some hot sauce and it was great. Thanks again!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Lisa. This is one of my favorite ways to make taco seasoning, its quick, easy, and chances are you already have what you need in the pantry.

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  • Anonymous

    I love that it is salt free!!!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thanks for your comment. I know a lot of us are watching our salt intake.

    • stephaniemanley

      Me too! I think that is one of the biggest benefits of making your own taco seasoning mix. No salt.

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  • http://www.creditescort.com mike@Credit Repair

    Great videos! I will be making these for dinner tonight, No more packets for us thanks for the ratios on ingridients.

  • Kim

    Why is it refrigerated? The spices don’t need refrigeration do they?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I have no idea why I said that πŸ˜‰ I’ll try to edit that out of my vocal if possible.

  • http://iammommy.net AManda

    I have been wanting the recipe but have been to lazy to look it up! :) THANK YOU!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Glad to help out!

  • Judy Nutzmann

    Thanks for the recipe, because I am allergic to MSG, there are very few packaged items I can use so I always appreciate someone sharing recipies for MSG free, the label has to actually say NO MSG.

    • stephaniemanley

      That is one of the things I like most about making mixes from scratch it is easy to edit out ingredients you don’t want to put in. I can understand how you feel about MSG.

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  • http://Www.inadvertentlydomesticated.com Ms B

    Thanks for this! These are spices I have in my pantry and I can’t believe I haven’t made my own blend!

    -Ms B

  • Rita

    Thanks for this! I like it because we are a low sodium family and do as much as I can, homemade. Check out the sodium levels in that prepackaged stuff!

  • Sylvia

    This looks great, however “expensive” isn’t probaby the words I would use to describe taco seasoning mix.. You can get it for like. 60 cents to free with coupons and deals. I would like to try my own however.. thanks for the ideas!
    Maybe the word should have used is to be frugal, make your own. I really, really, hate to buy a mix, when I have everything on hand. I don’t always have coupons, and I like the way I can flavor up my own seasoning mix, I love cumin, so I always double up on the cumin. I have a tiny spice cabinet, and any additional package or bottle is about 3 too many in that cabinet πŸ˜‰ – Stephanie

  • http://www.SureRecipe.com Sure Recipe

    Thanks, that’s a very interesting idea, I honestly never thought of trying to make my own. I always just buy the packets. I look forward to tweaking it for more and less spice.

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  • http://frantasticfood.com Fran

    And that taco seasoning mix recipe is THE BEST! I’ve wondered for so many years about the spices and the ratios and this recipe answers the question 100%