DIY Taco Seasoning Mix.

Let’s taco ’bout spicing up some beef. Or beans. Whatever makes you feel good inside. The original recipe I adapted from is here.

The inspiration to find (and tweak) a good taco seasoning mix recipe came when I was really craving tacos and realized that there are a ton of not-so-nice things in the store-bought mixes (MSG, anti-caking agent(?), a boatload of sodium…).

I find it easiest to make a triple or quadruple batch of the mix and store it in a jar. Super handy when it comes to taco time. The typical amount I use per pound of ground beef is about 2-3 heaping tablespoons. Cook the beef first, add about 3/4 to 1 cup of water and the mix and stir and cook over medium-low heat until the mixture is mostly absorbed and a little saucy. Really, the only difference between my recipe and the original recipe is that I reduced the salt and provided instructions. It’s the little things sometimes.


1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

May all of your tacos be beautiful, spicy, and delicious! At least delicious.