Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning - super easy and really tasty: This Taco Seasoning is ahhh-mazing. It smells so deep and rich. So full of flavor. And, I left the salt out entirely.  #Mexican #seasoning #taco

We used to buy marinated carne asada from our grocery store. And, I’m pretty sure that the recipe for the marinade was one of the butchers’ family recipes. I’m also pretty sure that whoever that guy was, he doesn’t work there anymore, and he took his family recipe with him when he left.

So, we’ve been on the lookout for a great carne asada for a while. Now, it could be another marinaded one from a store, but I’d prefer to make my own. I’ve asked around for a traditional carne asada recipe (maybe one that your Grandma makes? Feel free to share in the comments!). But I haven’t had much luck with any traditional recipes. I have gotten some great ones for marinated steaks. But, traditional, still looking…

Well, last weekend we tried a new recipe, and it called for Taco Seasoning. About 1/2 cup of the stuff. So, I set to work on a taco seasoning I could make at home and in pretty large quantities. This is what I came up with. I modified a recipe from Cassie Craves (she inspired me on my Taco Pasta too).

This Taco Seasoning is ahhh-mazing. It smells so deep and rich. So full of flavor. And, I left the salt out entirely. I don’t think it needed it, but if you are putting the Taco Seasoning on steak, you may wish to salt the steak directly. I can just picture some tofu rubbed with this powder, or this mixed into lentils and stewed tomatoes. I’d also love to try it with Homemade Chile Powder. Mmmmm. (oh, sorry was I drooling?)

Oh, as for the carne asada, we’re still attempting to prefect it. A couple more tweaks and I think it’ll be there. I’ll share it when we finalize it. And, no I don’t eat the carne asada (it’s all for the husband), but I will try pesco asada once we get the recipe down! 😉

Homemade Taco Seasoning: This Taco Seasoning is ahhh-mazing. It smells so deep and rich. So full of flavor. And, I left the salt out entirely.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning
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210 calories
41 g
0 g
8 g
10 g
2 g
128 g
800 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 41g
Dietary Fiber 23g
Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 6 tablespoons chili powder
  2. ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  3. ½ tablespoon onion powder
  4. ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  6. 1 tablespoon paprika
  7. 3 tablespoons cumin
  8. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well to combine. Or, stir to mix in a bowl.
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Update!! We’ve found the most amazing Carne Asada Marinade… find the recipe here!

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    Stumbled upon yoru blog via facebook! Nice blog and a nice recipe format :) I think I will also try and include a printable recipe format now..

    and beautiful looking recipe.. should try it out soon. It’s a wonder how simple it is to make different seasonings at home and yet the supermarket is full of spice combinations.. Talking especially for Indian cuisine, I am amazed everytime I visit the spice aisle to see a spice mix for every 2nd dish and while our mother’s kitchen produced great dishes with just the basic spices! :)


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    I love making my own seasonings. It saves so much money! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back Sunday to vote!

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    This is such a staple in my pantry! I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for kicking off the Gluten Free Fridays party this weekend! WOOT! We have some awesome recipes and they just keep coming!! So….Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    I’ll definitely try this one. I love homemade seasoning mixes. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  6. says

    Debi, I wanted to make taco salad tonight and realized I was out of taco seasoning, so I remembered seeing this recipe today and made it!! It was really perfect on some ground turkey! thanks so much for this recipe!

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    Awesome, Renee! I’m so glad you liked it! :) And, thanks for taking the time to let me know! Have an awesome week!


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