How To Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

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Making your own Taco Seasoning is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself in the kitchen. No more little packets of bland, age old spices, instead, try this quick mix that’s sure to become an on-hand staple in your house from now on!

What You Need

• 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
• 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
• 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
• 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper/Paprika
• 2 teaspoons dried Onions


  1. Measure: Measure out all ingredients side by side to ensure you don’t double up or leave one out.
  2. Mix: Combine ingredients in a zip top bag or bowl and shake/stir to combine until cornstarch and onions are well distributed.
  3. Store: Keep in an air tight container for up to 1 year.
  4. To Use: 7 teaspoons of mix is enough to season 1 pound of meat. We often start with 4 teaspoons and increase it from there. Some meats like turkey and chicken take less, while pork and beef might take a little more. Play to your own tastes and remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!

Total Cost:
Depending on where you buy your spices and assuming you don’t currently have any of the ingredients on hand, this project will run you between $.15 and $15.

We highly suggest looking into bulk spice purchases, be it from a big box bulk retailer or local farmers market dealer or specialty store. Not only will your spices be fresher, they’ll also be less expensive. When you’re not paying for glass or plastic bottles for each one, it’s amazing how the price plummets!

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