We love Mexican dishes in our house, in fact we add them to the menu at least once per week. Our family enjoys the flavor of Mexican food and we enjoy that it’s budget friendly as well. Making your own seasonings is really easy and less expensive then buying them already made. But what I like best is that you can customize them to suit your taste. This Homemade Taco Seasoning is perfect for Tacos, Salads, Soup and more!

Some of my favorite cookbooks are those from the 1960’s and 70’s. I guess I’m just nostalgic like that. One of my favorites is the Homemade Mixes; Make-A-Mix Cookery. I love reading through older cookbooks that other people have used and I especially value the ones’ that have personal notes alongside the recipes.

We have tweaked the original recipe a bit to suit our taste. However we kept the cornstarch, many Taco Seasoning recipes don’t call for it, and while you can certainly leave it out, we like it because it adds a bit of thickening to the taco mixture.

Homemade Taco Seasoning | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

There are several advantages to making your own seasoning blends, of course it is frugal and if you need more to finish a recipe you won’t need to make a special trip to the store. But in our family the greatest benefit is we can tweak the recipe to change the flavor to our liking or simply add more or less depending on how adventurous we are feeling.

Homemade Taco Seasoning | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

Here are 3 of our favorites recipes to use Homemade Taco Seasoning…

Mexican Recipes

Taco Ring | Taco Soup | Taco Bar

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 tablespoons 1x


Add this easy to make Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com to your pantry


  • 2 teaspoons onion powder or instant minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt {we used Kosher}
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder {or instant minced garlic}
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Taco Filling Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Mix all ingredients together and stir well
  2. Store in an airtight container
  3. Store in a cool, dry place and use within 6 months
  4. Add 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning to ground beef or other dish

Taco Filling Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef and drain well.
  2. Combine ground beef, Taco Seasoning and water
  3. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Use on Tacos, Taco Ring, Mexican Lasagna or other dish
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Do you make your own seasoning blends? What is your favorite spice?




  1. What a time and money saver. I will have to do this!

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  2. Thanks for the recipe! They would make great gifts! And I love how they aren’t chaulk full of preservatives like the store-bought seasonings are.

  3. I’ll have to try this. I’ve made other taco seasoning mixes and they tasted more like chili seasoning but this looks like it has the right balance of ingredients.

  4. Patty Kasiewicz Reply

    This sounds good. I try to formulate my own house seasonings to satify my personal taste.

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