Taco Seasoning From Scratch Recipe

taco seasoning from scratch

The spices in this taco seasoning from scratch recipe are absolutely delicious and come together to make a taco seasoning that you will come back to make over and over again! Once you have taco seasoning made from scratch, you will never go back to buying anything from the store!

Why make taco seasoning from scratch when you can buy it in a packet?

One might wonder… why make your taco seasoning from scratch, when you can easily buy it in a ready to go packet? I am going to tell you why it is better to make you taco seasoning from the spices you most likely have readily available in your pantry!

taco season packet

Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that are in this widely popular Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning packet.

Maltodextrin is an artificial sweetener, usually made from GMO corn. It is a white powder that many food manufacturers use to increase flavor and shelf life of food. It can affect gut bacteria, spike blood sugar, and contain traces of pesticides if made from GMO corn.

Natural Flavors are another ingredient on the list on the packet. Research has shown that when “natural” appears on food packaging, people tend to form positive opinions about the product, including how healthy it is. Natural flavors aren’t much different than artificial flavors in terms of chemical make up and their effects on the body. Up to 90% of the ingredients that make up natural flavors contain chemical solvents and preservatives.

Sodium content can be high in the pre-made taco season packets. I use Celtic Sea Salt in my taco seasoning which is much healthier than the salt you will find in most of the pre-made packets.

Making your own taco seasoning from scratch is so simple!! You can control the flavor and also the sodium level. I promise you that this taco season from scratch recipe takes less than 2 minutes to put together and taste better than any taco seasoning you’ve ever had from a packet!

taco season from scratch chicken tacos

What you will need for this Taco Seasoning from scratch recipe!

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1.5 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

A 1x batch of this seasoning is good for 1lb of taco meat. I’ve used it with ground chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breast and chicken thighs!!

A Busy Kitchen’s Taco Seasoning From Scratch Recipe


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper


  • mix together all the seasonings and enjoy !

What I used to make this taco season from scratch

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Celtic Fine Ground Sea Salt

celtic sea salt

AUTHENTIC, UNPROCESSED – This is THE BEST and most pure sea salt for consumption! Celtic Sea Salt is authentic, unprocessed whole salt from pristine coastal regions. With a subtle flavor and delicious taste, it’s a great all-purpose salt to keep on hand!

Click here to see why you should consider ditching your typical table salt for this Celtic Sea Salt!

16 Mesh San Antonio Ground Pepper

san antonio black pepper 16 mesh

(16 Mesh) Coarse Ground Black Pepper. Excellent for making barbeque meat rubs. High quality pepper with great texture!! Used in restaurants, home gourmet cooking and barbequing.All natural, Kosher, GMO Free.

The texture and taste of this pepper is so.. so.. so ah-maz-ing!! I would never switch back to a basic pepper! I know what your thinking…it’s just pepper…but for under $10, I am telling you take a chance!

Fits into Jar- Measuring Spoons!

measuring spoons

The Narrow Head Design, make it easier to reach in to your smaller spice jars. can be used in commercial kitchens and by home bakers and cooks. For $6.99 you can’t lose!!!!

measuring spoons

Click below to see some of my recipes that use this awesome taco season recipe!

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Ground Beef Taco Recipe

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