Spicy Taco Seasoning

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I don’t buy packaged taco seasoning.

It has ingredients in it that I can’t pronounce,

and I have all the ingredients I DO want in my pantry,

and it’s cheaper,

and I don’t mind being able to adjust the flavor when necessary for smaller/younger taste buds.

And trust me.  You will probably want to take your toddler’s portion (or any other wimpy non-spice-eaters’) out before you hit it with this stuff!


Spicy Taco Seasoning

**This mixture is good for two pounds browned ground meat.

  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons salt (Taste and adjust to your preference, adding more if necessary.)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (Omit if you want less spice.  Add a bit more for extra spiciness.)

For yummiest taco meat, simply brown meat, drain grease, add 3/4 cup water, the taco seasoning, stir and simmer for 10-15 minutes.





  1. Thanks for this recipe. I’ve always used the taco seasoning packet but you’re right about all the extra preservatives, etc. I’m planning to use this next time I make tacos or burritos! :)

  2. Yum! We were given a recipe at our bridal shower, almost 16 years ago. We never buy Taco seasoning. Let me share my recipe, and depending on what you have, either works :) I am going to try yours, though!

    (this makes a bunch and you use 2-3 T at a time with a 1/2 cup water and simmer…)

    1/3 cup dry minced onion
    2 tsp salt
    2 T chili powder
    2 T paprika
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp oregano
    2 T flour

    Just for variation… works well! I see only a little bit of difference. Love this for burritos, tacos, taco salad, enchiladas. Great stuff.

  3. I bet smoked paprika would be a nice addition! :) I can’t wait to try this.

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