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Best Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipes

We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite recipes that all share one special ingredient in common—homemade taco seasoning!


chicken fajita burrito bowl topped with fresh cilantro, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo

Spice Things Up Tonight.

This fool-proof, super simple, better-than-store-bought Homemade Taco Seasoning comes together in seconds and uses ingredients you likely already have on hand. We highly recommend making a big batch of it to use on just about everything. (Hint, hint...our homemade taco seasoning is NOT just for tacos!)

Homemade Taco Seasoning spices laid out in bowls
Homemade Taco Seasoningin a jar

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How Do You Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

We don’t insist on making everything from scratch, but when it’s this easy why not? To make this perfectly balanced, bursting with flavor, better-than-store-bought Taco Seasoning all you need is:

  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Mix all the ingredients together and there you have it! Now be prepared to find a million and one ways to use this hardworking spice blend.

Why You Should Make Taco Seasoning Instead of Buying It:

For starters, have you ever looked at the list of ingredients for those store bought seasoning packets? Not only do they contain way more than the eight spices listed above (many of them unpronounceable), they are ridiculously high in sodium and sometimes MSG! No thanks. Our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning is the best taco seasoning blend as much for what is not in it, as what is. Also check out our Pantry Essentials Post all about the five spices we never want to run out of!

Whole30 approved Roasted Chicken With Cabbage
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

A Few Favorite Dishes Featuring Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • This Skillet Roasted Chicken with Cabbage is one of our all-time favorite meals. Our Homemade Taco Seasoning generously coats a whole spatchcocked chicken that sits atop shredded cabbage and roasts to crispy, juicy perfection.
  • These Roasted Cauliflower Tacos feature caramel-colored, taco-seasoned roasted cauliflower and a cool and zesty avocado crema for a meat-free meal that you’ll crave come Taco Tuesday and beyond.
easy low carb sheet pan fajita chicken with bell peppers and tortillas and fresh limes
Sweet Potato Tacos with goat cheese and guacamole
  • Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a one-pan wonder that brings everyone’s favorite Mexican dish to your dinner table in no time. Last minute company? No sweat. This meal impresses without a lot of effort (or clean up) and makes a big flavor impression thanks to our Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe and the seared-in taste of fajitas you know and love.
  • You didn’t seriously think we’d only feature one kind of taco on a taco seasoning recipe round-up, did you? These Sweet Potato Tacos feature the star of the show generously tossed in our taco seasoning and roasted to perfection, then topped with an acidic cilantro and cabbage slaw, creamy goat cheese, and chipotle crema. Do we have your attention?
Steak Fajitas in a cast iron skillet with limes bell peppers and onions
Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers with avocado and black beans
  • This recipe for Easy Steak Fajitas is yet another simple and fun take on a beloved classic and begins guessed it… our incredible Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe. Are you sensing a theme? Everything this stuff touches turns to gold.
  • Healthy, filling, cheesy, spice-filled- we’re pretty confident you’ll fall hard for these Turkey Stuffed Peppers, just like we did. Pull your kids into the kitchen and let them help you fill these scarlet-hued boats to the brim with all the good stuff- then bake and enjoy!
Salmon In Foil on a rimmed baking sheet with an Avocado Tomato and corn Salad with a fork
Chicken fajita Burrito Bowl
  • We are so confident that ourTaco Seasoning Recipe is delicious on everything, we’ve thrown in a fish dish just to prove our point. ThisSmoky Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salad makes for the dreamiest (and fastest) foil-wrapped dinner you’ve ever had. Big, bold flavors, and fresh veggies make this taco-seasoned, smoky grilled salmon a treat any night of the week.
  • We’ve already sold you on the merrits of our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas spiced with the best homemade taco seasoning, but why not take it a step further? It’s a scientific fact that everything is better in a bowl. Case in point: this Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl. Make it, eat it, love it, repeat.

Give It A Try, Give Us A Shout-Out!

Hopefully by now we’ve convinced you that our Simple Taco Seasoning Recipe is not only a breeze to make, but is legitimately the best thing to happen to your dinner menu in a very long time. Try using it in one of the recipes above, or go wild and add it to your own dish. Either way, we’d love to see how you use it, so post to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Best Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipes

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  • Jenn

    This is awesome, I prefer it over any store bought taco seasoning I've had and I already had all the spices on hand to make it!

    Yay! Thank you Jenn!

  • Tresa

    I make this in large batches and just keep it in my pantry to have on hand it's such a good flavor combination!

    That's great Tresa! Glad you like it!