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Homemade Taco Seasoning

My husband and I love tacos. Like, we love them so much we could eat them at least once a week. You can imagine how many packets of taco seasoning we go through in this house!

I have always bought the low-sodium version of whatever taco seasoning because I'm a bit health conscious... and for the same reason, we don't use ground beef in our tacos, we use ground chicken or ground turkey (whatever is on sale!). I wanna keep my husband and I healthy so I do a lot of label reading. It's what works for us, but we don't hate on people who choose not to do this :)

I was browsing Pinterest a few weeks ago and came across this recipe for a DIY taco seasoning from Heavenly Homemakers. For whatever reason, I didn't make it at the time. However, just this past week I was thinking about it again and looked at the recipe again. 

UM, HELLO, SARA! It's only the easiest recipe that you've come across this week... WHY haven't you done it yet?!

Seriously. I jumped off the couch and ran to the kitchen. It takes about 3 minutes to make (including the time it took me to find a jar and wash it out) and uses 6 ingredients, all of which are common and you most likely have in your cupboards.

I halfed the recipe that I found on Heavenly Homemakers because I wanted to make sure the mix would agree with our tastes. Next time I'll do the whole shebang! This is what I used:

1/4 cup chili powder
2 Tablespoons minced onion (even though the recipe calls for onion powder, I only had minced on hand)
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 Tablespoon paprika
1/2 Tablespoon sea salt

You just add all of that to a jar, screw on the lid, and shake it up!

When you want to use it, just add about 3 Tablespoons (a little less works just fine) to your browned meat. I also added a bit of water to help it get mixed in but the original recipe doesn't call for it.

It'll last us quite a few Taco Nights - saving us money since we don't have to buy the $0.79 packets anymore - and I also like that I can control what goes into it. If I wanted to make it all organic, I could. If I wanted more garlic than paprika I could do that too! I really, really like that it's not as salty as the store bought mix.

The mix itself should store for months as long as you use spices that aren't about to expire and as long as you store it in a dry place. We have ours with the rest of the spices and so far, so good!

Try it! Let me know what you think! Anything you'd change? Have you made any homemade mixes before? I'm always looking for ways to make things healthier and less expensive in the kitchen!

Linking up to Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday, Foodie Friday, Serenity Now's Weekend Bloggy Reading, Ladybird Lane, Nifty Thrifty Things, Flamingo Toes, Mandy's Recipe BoxYou're Talking Too Much, Natasha In OzSerendipity and SpiceA Pinch of Joy & It's a Keeper Thursday!


  1. I am going to give this recipe a try!

  2. allisamazing, let me know how it turns out! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I have a taco seasoning mix I like to use too. May have to try this one and compare. Seriously, they are SOOO much better than the store brand in taste. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions. Hope to see you there!


  4. I also love to make my own Mexican seasonings from scratch, the only difference I have from yours is I use beef bouillon as well. Dropping by from You're Talking Too Much.

  5. Kathy and Ingrid, thanks for stopping by! I love that other people make their own taco seasonings as well - they're so much better for our bodies, not to mention our wallets!

    I never even thought of using beef bouillon but it's a great idea and I bet it adds more flavor!

  6. This looks so easy! I'm defiitely trying it! Like you, I like that I know exactly what's going into the seasoning! Thanks for sharing!!

    I found you from You're talking too much's Monday linky party!! :)

  7. We love tacos and have even started having Taco Tuesdays every week! I am definitely going to make my own seasoning from now on-thank you so much for this great recipe!

    If you have a minute to spare my weekly Say G'Day is happening and I would be thrilled if you could join in and link up this great post!

    Thanks again and best wishes for a great week!
    Natasha in Oz

  8. I just popped by to say thanks for linking up! I'm going to Google+ and tweet about this post right now.

    This week's party post is now live so I hope that you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  9. I like it. I am going to add a some oregano and a bit of cayenne or dried chili flakes to give it some kick.


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