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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.

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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.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Here is my friend, and fellow food blogger Fran from 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 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 5 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 3 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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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  • 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!

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  • Anonymous

    I love that it is salt free!!!

    • Stephanie

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

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  • 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?

    • Stephanie

      I have no idea why I said that ;) I’ll try to edit that out of my vocal if possible.

  • AManda

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

  • 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.

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  • 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 ;) – Stephanie

  • 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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  • 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%