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The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning – Gluten Free!

Homemade taco seasoning

It’s taco night but you forgot to buy the seasoning. What to do?  Make this healthy version in 5 minutes! 

Dip and seasoning packet mixes keep life simple! But they are so full of preservatives and fillers.

Did you know it is fast and easy to make your own with NO Chemical Preservatives?

I always used to buy packets of seasoning mixes until I read what is in one, and found out the homemade version tastes even better and is easy to make!

Making your own homemade taco seasoning is simple, cost effective and safe to eat!

Don’t pay for a packet of three tablespoons of overpriced spices that include preservatives, MSG, anticaking agents, added artificial colors and flavors.

Make this simple, clean version instead.

It takes  5 minutes to make homemade taco seasoning and will give you 5-10 servings (5-10 packets) depending on your level of seasoning. You won’t have to buy taco seasoning for a long time, and you’re feeding your body with good stuff!


homemade taco seasoning



This taco seasoning is a family favorite mix of classic spices that has been perfected over the years.

We love Mexican cuisine and this  homemade version is so full of flavor and so simple to make, with basic spices you probably already have, you can make the switch right now!

Our family favorite is to make taco meat with the seasoning, but the blend of flavors is great with much more than tacos.

Add it to scrambled eggs, soups, mayo and even salad dressings!  Or look on Pinterest for tons of ideas.

Why Make Homemade Taco Seasoning?

My goal is to get preservatives, artificial flavors and chemicals out of our food and get back to eating real food. There is also a large amount of sodium found in these packets.

Don’t buy a packet when you can make a batch of homemade taco seasoning in a few minutes. Not to mention this is so simple, tastes better and is good for your body!

Make it in bulk, as this recipe shows, and store in a glass mason jar or airtight container for up to six months. That way you always have the seasoning on hand!

Spend a few minutes combining the seasonings and have it for many dinners to come.

I store mine in a small Rubbermaid container in my spice cabinet. Or you can also use an empty spice jar if you have one, or remember to save one.



What is in a store bought packet of taco seasoning

Look at the typical ingredients list on a packet of taco seasoning from the store:

Ingredients: chili pepper, maltodextrin, salt, onion powder, spice,
yellow corn flour, corn starch, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), citric acid,
sunflower and/or cottonseed oil, sugar, natural flavor, extractives of paprika,
wheat starch, whey, soy flour.

Yikes! Chemicals, preservatives and fillers. I do not want all of that in my body! Instead look at what is in this simple, cost effective clean version.

What Spices are in Homemade Taco Seasoning?homemade taco seasoning

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)


How to use Homemade Taco Seasoning to replace packets:

A packet of taco seasoning contains the equivalent of 3 Tablespoons of this recipe. Often thickeners and fillers are added to the packets but with this homemade version, the natural flavors shine through!

Use 3 Tablespoons of seasoning + 2/3 cup of water per pound of meat. Add the spice and water to browned meat on medium heat until the water has evaporated.  Only use 2 Tablespoons if you prefer a milder taste.


Make prep time easy

It is easiest if I collect all the spices needed at once, and then lay out my measuring cup and measuring spoons to be used.

I can then manage a fast preparation without running back and forth to the spice cabinet for each new spice and wasting time.  Efficiency is key in the kitchen!


homemade taco seasoning

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Himalayan or Sea Salt (omit for low sodium option)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper Flakes (use 1/2 teaspoon if you don’t like spicy)

Instructions:- combine and shake!

  1. First, select a mason jar or air tight container for your spices
  2. Put all the spices in the jar or container and shake well until combined
  3. Store in airtight jar/container for up to six months

To use: sprinkle on ground beef or chicken as you would any store bought packet of taco seasoning.

** This recipe yields 5 servings by using 3 TBSP. per serving.

***This recipe yields 10 servings by using 2 TBSP. per serving.

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How did you like the flavors of this simple/ clean version of homemade taco seasoning?  


Why make your own taco seasoning? Because homemade taco seasoning is simple and inexpensive to make, plus it tastes better and is safe to eat with no fillers or preservatives!  Plus it is Gluten Free!

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      December 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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