Homemade Taco Seasoning
This spice mixture is a family favorite for taco salads and will work in any recipe where you would typically use one of those small, store-bought packets of taco seasoning. The recipe below is the perfect amount for one pound of ground beef and can easily be doubled or tripled. You may also mix in advance and store in individual containers for quick dinners whenever needed.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (see notes)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Store in a small jar or other airtight container.
  3. When ready to use, brown one pound of ground beef; drain if necessary. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the browned meat, pour in 2/3 cup water and simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Use in tacos or your choice of recipe.


  • If you prepare a big batch to use over time, use approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons per pound of meat to equal one store-bought packet.
  • If you plan to use this spice blend in a recipe where no thickening is desired, you may omit the cornstarch.

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