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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This taco seasoning is made from spices you have in your pantry and is better than what you can buy at the store.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 215kcal
Author Ryan Beck


Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Beef Tacos

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • taco seasoning mix
  • ½ cup water
  • hard and soft taco shells
  • cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, guacamole for toppings


Taco Seasoning

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beef Tacos

  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add ground beef and break up with spoon. Cook and stir until beef is browned, about 7-10 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and grease.
  • Return skillet to heat and add taco seasoning and water, stirring to combine. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer, cooking until the moisture is absorbed into the heat, about 5 minutes.
  • Prepare taco shells according to instructions. Add meat and toppings you like.


  • Don't skip on the cornstarch as it helps thicken the juices from the meat as it cooks.
  • If you like a little more heat, add an extra ¼ tsp of crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
  • Double the recipe and store some in an a small jar to use for the next time.
  • Use this taco seasoning recipe for beef tacos, chicken tacos, fajitas or even taco salad.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.3mg