Taco Seasoning

Sazonador para Tacos

Never use taco seasoning packets again. Blend your own. It’s super easy and you can adjust it to your exact taste.

You start with a mild base of paprika, powdered onion, powdered garlic, lemon pepper, tablespoon black pepper, ground cumin, dried parsley, and dried oregano. Then, you add or subtract spices as desired. Perfect for preparing ground beef or shredded chicken taco fillings.

Homemade Taco Seasoning in Mixing Bowl

In Mexico, we don’t actually use a lot of pre-made spice mixes but this is a great one to have on hand. It’s versatile and you can use it for more than just seasoning taco meat.

Ingredient List

Here are the spices you will need. All are common pantry items.

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1/ tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional if you want a hotter mix)
Plate of ingredients to make homemade Mexican taco seasoning

How to Make

The seasoning is super easy to put together. First, rub the oregano and parsley between the palms of your hands until it is nearly a powder.

Then put all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until the ingredients are equally dispersed. That’s it. Easy peasy.

Mixing Bowl with Homemade Taco Seasoning

Your seasoning mix is ready to use. We like to use 1 tablespoon of seasoning per 1 pound of meat. You can use more or less depending on how you like your food seasoned.

Small Bowl of Homemade Taco Seasoning

Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 months.

Many Uses

You can use this seasoning for more than just taco meat. Try it for the following dishes:

  • Beef tacos.
  • Chicken tacos.
  • Fajitas.
  • Seasoning meatloaf. This will give your meatloaf a big flavor boost.
  • As a rub for baked chicken.
  • Seasoning for shrimp. Great for making shrimp tacos.
  • Seasoning roasted vegetables. It’s particularly good on roasted red potatoes.
  • Seasoning lentils.
  • Seasoning beans.
  • Making chili.
  • Use it just about on any dish when you need a flavor boost.

What else will you use it for? Let us know!

Bowl of Homemade Taco Seasoning
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Easy to make, mild, homemade, taco seasoning prepared with paprika, powdered onion, powdered garlic, lemon pepper, tablespoon black pepper, ground cumin, dried parsley, and dried oregano.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Homemade Taco Seasoning, How to Make Taco Seasoning, Taco Seasoning Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 8 prepared dishes
Calories 26kcal
Author Douglas Cullen

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp lemon pepper
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional if you want a hotter seasoning)

Instructions

  • First, rub the oregano and parsley between the palms of your hands until it is nearly a powder.
  • Then put all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until the ingredients are equally dispersed.

Notes

  • Use 1 tablespoon of seasoning per 1 pound of meat. You can use more or less depending on how you like your food seasoned.
  • Seasoning will keep for 3 months in a tightly sealed container.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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2 comments… add one
  • Krista Smith

    to make simple shredded chicken for salads, tacos, etc., would you just rub this on chicken; cook on stove in oil and shred?

  • Karen M

    Easy and very flavorful. We love cumin so I added more of that and salted to taste. Did not have lemon pepper, so I’ll make it again after I get some more. I had been looking for an authentic mexican taco seasoning that didn’t include chili powder or a tomato base. Thank you for a really tasty recipe.

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