Homemade Taco Seasoning

Here is a quick, five minute homemade taco seasoning recipe that not only tastes great, but will help you save money on your food budget while eating healthier, too.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Whether it’s tacos, fajitas, or nachos, our family loves meals filled with robust, Mexican flavor. Which is why we love using our own homemade taco seasoning. We love that we can customize it.  We can spice it up on nights when just the grown ups are eating, or prepare it in a kid-friendly way for the whole family to enjoy.

For my husband and I, we like that we can control the amount of sodium in our food since we are both becoming more mindful on what we consume. We also like adding tumeric to the recipe as an added health benefit.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Benefits of Making Homemade Taco Seasoning

One of the best things about making your own homemade taco seasoning is:

  • it takes less than five minutes to make
  • is fully customizable
  • cheaper than buying pre-made packets
  • healthier for you

Taco seasoning packets can be a lifesaver when it comes to throwing a quick dinner together after a long, busy day. But if you have ever looked at the ingredients on the back of one of those little packages, you will notice you may be getting more that what you bargained for. MSG, preservatives, high sodium, unwanted oils, and even sugar are added to those little packets to enhance flavor and stimulate taste buds.

Want a healthier, more natural and cheaper version of the taco seasoning you know and love but without the added chemicals, preservatives and oils? Here is a quick, five minute taco seasoning recipe using common, simple ingredients from your pantry.

*Tip – Make a month’s worth of taco seasoning mix at a time and place it in a container so you have it pre-made and ready to go for your convenience. It still only takes 5 minutes to make and stores great.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder  
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional)


Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix together. Store in container until ready to use. Use 2-3 tablespoons per 1 lb. of hamburger meat.

Adapted from: All Recipes

Price Comparison

Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients used and then we can compare the cost between the two.

Cost Breakdown

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder  (.082 cents)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (.007 cents)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (.005 cents)
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano (.005 cents)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (less than .01)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (.016 cents)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (.096 cents)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers – I omitted this ingredient
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (.034)

Total cost for ingredients is .245 cents.

Store Bought Version
Taco Seasoning Mix .99

Homemade Taco Seasoning
.25 cents


Money Saved
.74 cents

Monthly/Yearly Scenario
If you cooked any type of mexican dish that uses taco seasoning packets just three times in a month, you would save $2.25 a month or $27 per year.

* This price comparison is for estimate purposes only. Your costs may vary depending on family size, nutritional needs, regional pricing and so on.