{fast friday} Taco Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix | The Gluten Free Vegan

A lot of the commercial taco seasoning packets contain gluten and other chemical ingredients for preservatives and who knows what else. I find the store-bought seasonings are also usually high in salt yet low on flavor. I like making my own seasoning because I can control the ingredients and the flavor is so much better. Yes, I am ‘one of those’ people.

This recipe calls for 3 teaspoons of salt. I used Himalayan pink sea salt because that’s the first sea salt I grabbed when throwing this together. You can use any kind of sea salt or even kosher salt if you prefer. If you’re following a low-sodium diet you can reduce the amount of salt to your own needs and I am confident the flavor will still be amazing.

Commercial taco seasoning packets usually contain a thickener so that your ‘taco meat’ mixture thickens. If your recipe needs a bit of thickening I’d add a bit of cornstarch to your taco seasoning before mixing it into whatever you’re cooking.

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Taco Seasoning Mix
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Skip the junk in the store bought taco seasonings and make your own. It's inexpensive and you control all the ingredients.
Recipe type: Spices & Seasonings
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: ½ cup
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a cool dark place in tightly-sealed in a glass jar.



  1. says

    Thank you for this! I just bought a packet of taco seasoning the other day and kind of cringed at myself, knowing I could easily make my own better-for-me version. And I was right…I have every one of those spices on hand.

    Going to make a jar of this this weekend.


    • says

      Hope you like it as much as we do Rachel. The great thing is you can adjust the seasonings to match your own tastes if you want more or less spice, cumin, etc.

      Have an excellent rest of your weekend! :)

    • says

      It’s been so long since I’ve cooked with ground beef but I would start with 1 teaspoon and go up from there. It’s easy to add more, not so easy to take away. 😉

  2. Chef Bill says

    Traditionally, it is two tablespoons of taco seasoning to 1 pound of ground beef. For those that do not want that much seasoning, use one tablespoon.

    The 5 teaspoons of paprika seems excessive. Also, many folks can be sensitive to cumin. If that is your case, decrease the cumin and increase the chili powder. Being on of those folks myself, I found that adjusting the cumin down and the chili powder up helped my poor old stomach.

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