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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe – Spend With Pennies

It’s easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe is the perfect way to spice up your chicken or beef!

Creating your own taco mix at home gives you control over the ingredients that go into it while saving you money!

The best part is that this homemade taco seasoning only takes a few minutes and you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand!

Jar of homemade taco seasoning with a measuring spoon

I like Homemade taco seasoning!

I use it for so many dishes in the kitchen, like soups, stews, and even for rubbing when grilling chicken or steak!

Store bought seasoning tastes delicious, but it can be loaded with additives and flavor, nothing compares to homemade taco seasoning!

This taco seasoning recipe takes almost no time to prepare and is easily customizable according to your family’s tastes. I like to make mine with less salt for our family.

I love all things spicy, but if your kids aren’t into spicy foods, you can definitely make a mild taco seasoning.

Homemade taco seasoning ingredients in metal cups

What’s in taco seasoning?

So what spices exactly make taco seasoning?

All of the spices used are everyday pantry items. You will probably have all the ingredients you need to make this homemade taco seasoning recipe at home!

chili powder makes up the bulk of this taco seasoning mix and adds a southwestern flavor.

Cumin is another favorite and it adds a warm, slightly nutty flavor while onion and garlic powder are the aromatics of this recipe.

Salt and pepper are present in almost all seasonings, including this taco seasoning.

The great thing is that you can control how much salt you want to add. I add black pepper but also a pinch of cayenne (add more if you prefer more spice)!

If you want to make a house sweet seasoning tacoreduce or eliminate the pepper and skip the cayenne pepper!

Since it’s made from spices, it’s naturally gluten-free (just make sure your chili powder and all spices are gluten-free).

Ingredients for homemade taco seasoning on a wooden plate

What can you do with taco seasoning mix?

Whether it’s weekday Tacos or Fajita Friday, you’re sure to love having this easy-to-carry taco seasoning in your spice cabinet!

This taco seasoning is great for ground beef, ground chicken, or even pork or chicken cutlets! It can be added to almost anything you want.

I love using this recipe to make Dorito Taco Salad and Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos at home. Sometimes I even sprinkle that seasoning on my popcorn for a delicious treat!

The best part about this recipe is how inexpensive it is. You can do it for pennies at home!

Homemade taco seasoning with a measuring spoon

Once you do, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought taco seasoning.

Homemade taco seasoning will last 6 months in a cool, dry place like your spice cabinet, which means you’ll definitely end up using it!

I use cute little spice jars found on Amazon to store my spices, but anything you have will work, even a ziplock bag!

I usually make a triple batch so it’s ready to go whenever I need a little taco mix!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

I love taco seasoning! It’s not JUST for tacos! I use this DIY taco seasoning recipe to add a little zip to items like soups and casseroles.

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  • For tacos, add 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) to 1 pound cooked ground meat (optional, add diced onions) to a large pot or skillet

  • Add ½ cup of water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.

  • 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning equals one packet of taco seasoning.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef. Add 1/2 cup water with seasoning and simmer.
  • Options: Add 1/2 diced onion to meat while browning. Once browned, stir in a tablespoon of tomato paste or a diced tomato if desired.

Tuck taco meat into tacos or tortillas and top with your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

Portion: 2.25soup spoons, calories: 24, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated fats: 1g, Monounsaturated fat: 1g, Sodium: 655mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1293UI, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Having dinner

Kitchen American

Dorito Taco Salad

side view of dorito salad

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Two slow cooker chicken tacos on white plate
Homemade taco seasoning in a clear jar with a spoon and writing

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