I have tried different homemade versions of homemade taco seasoning mix, but none of them tasted “just right”. I couldn't figure out what it was that was making them taste so bland.
But no worries! I kept playing around with it and now I created one that is perfect for just about any protein you want to use to create the perfect tacos. It works great for chicken, beef, pork–whatever you are trying to spice up for Mexican night!
How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning
The cool thing about this seasoning mix is that it uses regular old pantry ingredients, and if you do what I suggested in this post and keep a well-stocked pantry — you will be able to make seasoning mixes like this too! Download my free pantry master printable and find out all the cool things you need to stock your pantry.
I store my taco seasoning mix in these super cute Pioneer Woman bowls that come with lids. They keep things fresh for weeks and if you want, you can make up a triple batch to store.
This recipe makes the same amount as one package of taco seasoning mix you find at the store.
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- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- 2 teaspoons of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup water
- Mix all the dry ingredients together and use with your taco meat. Pour the water in the pan and cook just like you would for tacos. The amount above is the same amount that is in one packet of taco seasoning mix at the store.
Because of this recipe, I no longer buy store bought taco seasoning mix. I make it up in big batches and keep it in the pantry and then whenever I want to make tacos or fajitas, I simply pull out some and sprinkle it into my meat mixture.
This seasoning mix also is great to add to sour cream when you want to make a mexican dip for chips and such.