Homemade Beef Taco Seasoning Recipe: Quick + Easy

This homemade beef taco seasoning recipe takes just minutes to make with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand! Save money by making your own spice blend at home.

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Aside from Wine Wednesday, Taco Tuesday is my favorite night of the week and I love whipping up a batch of chicken or beef taco meat. We’ll use it in our tacos that night, but then, since it’s just the two of us, I’m left with the yummy leftovers to be nibbling on all week. Sometimes I like to switch things up by adding on one of these tasty taco sauces.

For a quick and easy lunch, I love topping a bowl of Instant Pot Rice or Instant Pot Quinoa with it. Or, if I’m wanting to eat a bit healthier, I’ll serve it up on a salad, or make Taco Lettuce Wraps or Cauliflower Tacos with it. And, I also love adding it to these Air Fryer Quesadillas.

And because taco night is on regular rotation at our house, I love having a batch of this homemade taco seasoning on hand. There’s no need to buy packets of taco seasoning at the grocery store anymore, since this easy spice mixture is so easy to whip up at home and keep on hand in the spice cupboard.

My recipe below makes a big batch, that will keep for up to six months. As written, this recipe makes enough to season 3 pounds of beef. But if you’d like to make just enough seasoning for one meal, simply adjust the recipe card below to make “1 serving.” It will liven up all your favorite Mexican dishes.

Ingredients needed

You only need a handful of ground spices to make this mild taco seasoning:

  • Chili Powder – smoky and delicious 
  • Ground Cumin – adds bright, citrusy notes 
  • Paprika – smoked paprika adds a great smoky flavor, but regular sweet paprika is fine too
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Oregano 
  • Salt & Black Pepper 

Want a spicier taco seasoning? Try adding in some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

How to make it

  • Combine the ingredients. Combine all spices in a small jar, seal and shake until well combined. 
  • Store. Homemade taco seasoning will last 6 months stored tightly sealed. 

How to store it

  • I like to store my seasoning in mason jars or another airtight container. Keep it in a dry place like your spice drawer.

How much taco seasoning do I need for 1 pound of beef

  • 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning are equivalent to 1 packet of taco seasoning (like McCormick or Old El Paso). Use 2 tablespoons of this homemade version for every packet you’re replacing in a recipe, or for every 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, ground turkey or tofu. 

Is Taco Seasoning keto? 

  • Yes! This DIY Taco Seasoning recipe is keto-friendly. 

How to use it

This homemade taco seasoning mix works great as a seasoning on everything from beef and chicken tacos to veggies, meat, seafood, rice, beans, soups, salads and more. Use it in this Slow Cooker Salsa ChickenQuinoa Taco BowlsCheesy Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice or Taco Lettuce Wraps with Turkey & Quinoa. Or, try it in one of these delicious recipes:


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Beef Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning takes just minutes to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand! Save money by making your own copycat taco seasoning. Use it with ground beef, turkey or chicken!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika (smoked paprika preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a small jar and stir (or shake) until well combined.
  • Store tightly sealed for up to 6 months.


As written, this recipe makes enough to season 3 pounds of meat. 
2 tablespoons of this DIY taco seasoning are equivalent to 1 store-bought taco packet. 
To make enough for 1 packet, reduce the serving size to 1 serving via the button above. 
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Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 818IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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