Taco Seasoning

Posted by on October 10, 2011

Taco Seasoning

Tacos are a tasty and inexpensive food. You can lower the price, and add some additional flavor, by making your own taco seasoning instead of purchasing packets from the store.

This recipe is made from common spices that you probably already have in your cupboard. Each batch is good for 1 pound of ground beef. You can also pre-mix the spices and store in an air tight container to save time on cooking day.

My wife finds this seasoning a pinch too spicy (I think it is perfect), so you may want to skip the red pepper flakes if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods.

Taco Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Lightly brown 1 pound of beef, then add dry ingredients (or 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons if you made a larger batch) and water.
  3. Continue to stir over heat until most of the water has cooked off.