Homemade Taco Seasoning


Hi there friends!

TGIFF!  Thank goodness it’s Frugal Friday!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the recipe I use for Homemade Ranch Dip Mix.  Today, I’m sharing a recipe for the taco seasoning that I use, and it’s just as (if not more) budget friendly.  I think most of us like to save money on our food budgets whenever possible, especially if it is very quick and simple to make.  This recipe definitely fits that criteria!

There are a few things to remember about taco seasoning…

  1. It is NOT just for tacos and ground meat!  Although it is great for Taco Tuesday,  I use it for hamburgers, shredded chicken and pork, pasta salads, potatoes and more.
  2. The spices that you need aren’t expensive, especially if you have a market where you can purchase spices in bulk.  Purchasing spices in bulk works wonderfully whether you need a large quantity for a recipe, use them on a consistent basis or if it’s something that you only need a very small amount.
  3. Contrary to the store-bought packets, you get to decide the amount of salt that goes into your mix.  Remember, store-bought packets are usually primarily salt and other things that most of us can’t pronounce.
  4. You can make as much or as little as you like.  Since all the ingredients are dried spices, it keeps for a long time.  I made the recipe times 8 for my pint jar.  It saves me time and I’ll definitely use it all before the spices get old.

Here’s a picture of a “Taco Turkey Burger” that I used the mix for.  My youngest son hasn’t stopped asking for them since! 🙂


Now the recipe…

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  • Thoroughly stir all spices together in a bowl.
  • Store in an air-tight container.


*Two tablespoons equals one packet.


Enjoy! ❤


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