Recipe: Taco Seasoning

My partner and I like tacos as a good weeknight meal. Often we’ll have them once a week. In the past, we went through many packets of taco seasoning. Then I looked up how easy it is to make taco seasoning and I was hooked on making my own. We like tacos made with chicken, steak, or ground beef. I’ve even used this blend on plain tempeh for a vegetarian option. I also will add some to black beans or other beans to increase the flavor for burritos.

The recipe below is my current taco seasoning recipe, I make adjustments here and there as I have ingredients or run out. I usually triple this recipe when I make a batch because it stores well. Note that there is no salt in this recipe I add it at the end and to taste.


  • 3 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin, ground
  • 4 tsp ground pepper

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

To use:

  • Saute 1 sliced onion in a pan with olive oil or butter.
  • Brown the ground beef, turkey, or chopped up chicken. Drain away the fat if needed.
  • Add 1 -2 tbsp of this mix for each pound of meat depending on how spicy you like your tacos. You can add in a teaspoon of corn starch at the point but it is optional.
  • When you add the seasoning add 1 cup of water. Allow the meat to simmer until the water is absorbed.
  • Add salt to taste.

For vegetarian folx: This is also a great seasoning mix for beans. Throw a teaspoon or two into a slow cooker with 1lb of soaked and previously boiled black or pinto beans. Let them slow cook until the beans are ready.

It doesn’t taste like the packets, because it’s better. It has an added benefit of being easy to adjust to your taste. If you like cumin add more. If like me you like smoky paprika you add more. Maybe you hate smokey flavor, so use all regular paprika. Because I have a large jar of this pre-mixed I can add as much or as little as I want.

Tweaks: You can add a teaspoon of cinnamon to this and change the flavor to something with an additional layer that many won’t be able to pinpoint but it adds a lot ot the taste. Want a mole type of flavor? Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder. You want to make sure to add a teaspoon or two of cornstarch to thicken this up.

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