You never know what’s in the store-bought version, so it’s safer to make your own taco seasoning.

When I decided to do this, I had no idea I would like my homemade seasoning MORE than store-bought.
And I’m not the only one.
I made tacos with this seasoning recipe for book club once, and my ladies still rave about those tacos.

Husband loves them, too, and he’s the pickiest eater on the planet.


My recipe is adapted from Whole New Mom’s.

My adaptation originally sprung from my lack of ingredients. I still have none of those lacking ingredients. The seasoning is still amazing.

This recipe has a kick. If you don’t like spicy food, then I suggest cutting the chili powder/crushed red pepper flakes/pepper measurements in half.

Husband doesn’t like spicy food, but he still loves these tacos. So they’re not too hot, for all of you heat-sensitive babies out there.

Nom nom!



2 T. chili powder

1 t. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 t. oregano

1 t. paprika (smoked paprika would be awesome here)

1 T. cumin

2 t. garlic salt

1-1/2 to 2 t. pepper, to taste



Cook and drain ground beef.

Use 2 T. of seasoning for every pound of ground beef. 

If you’ve cooked 1 pound, add the seasoning plus 3/4 c. water. Add a little more water if you’ve cooked more than a lb. of beef.

Mix seasoning, water, and ground beef. Simmer over medium-low heat until the water evaporates to your desired taco meat consistency.

Serve with warmed shells, shredded cheese, lettuce, cilantro, and salsa, and watch people die of happiness.


Homemade Taco Seasoning -

Everybody line up!



Homemade Taco Seasoning -

Recipe for (1) world domination.



Try this and tell me what you think! Do you make your own taco seasoning at home? Do you make other homemade seasonings/dressings? Share your opinions and recipes in the comments!



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