DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

This recipe comes together in 5 minutes flat and make six 1/4-cup ‘packets’ of taco seasoning.  If your grocery store has a bulk food section, be sure to buy your spices there.  The savings is substantial.

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix


  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons medium chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or more if your family likes spicy food)


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight jar, or portion it out into snack size zip-top baggies. A scant 1/4 cup of seasoning is enough to season a pound or a pound and a half of ground beef, depending on how spicy you like your tacos.

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  1. Awesome, thank you! My mom made her own growing up but I preferred the taste of the McCormick’s packets–but her recipe only had half the ingredients of yours so I can’t wait to try it out! I’m curious how much it costs you to make? I had priced the big canisters of McCormicks at Costco and it was actually *more* expensive than the packets. Lately I’ve been buying the $2 taco flavored ground turkey chubs from Walmart since ground beef has gotten so expensive. They’re not bad, but my husband definitely prefers beef.

  2. Great reminder. My mom always made her taco seasoning from scratch (1 tsp each, cumin, chili powder, salt, and garlic per 1#), and I still season my own taco meat. But I don’t premix the seasoning, and I think going ahead and doing that would save me time. I like that your recipe has corn starch in it because I like the sauciness that the packets produce.

  3. I would also add that if you don’t have a bulk seasoning section, look and see if there is a Hispanic section in your grocery store that has seasonings. They are in little packets, but they are really inexpensive compared to buying the little bottles.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I used to have a recipe similar to it, but it was lost in a move long ago and I’ve never searched out another one. I found your blog a couple months ago after reading your book from the library. I love all of the different recipes you post and have made your grape jelly, pickles, West African Sweet Potato Soup, and Ethiopian sloppy joes. Everything has been really good and I’m sure this will be, too. Also, I enjoy reading about your family as well. Thought it was time I popped in and said hello so, “Hello.”


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