Homemade Taco Seasoning is the best DIY recipe that is made up of only seven easy-to-find ingredients! You can use this Paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 spice blend as a healthy alternative to a store bought packet to season ground beef, chicken, or other meats.
Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe to the Rescue
Have you ever made homemade taco seasoning?
It is actually super simple and can be made in huge batches so you can save it for later.
You can use it to season up ground beef or turkey for tacos or add it to your favorite chicken or steak fajita marinade.
DIY – Better than Packets
When I first started eating gluten-free I noticed that all of the taco seasoning packets actually contained wheat!
How was I supposed to make tacos if I do not have a gluten-free blend?!
After a little experimentation, I came up with this super simple and easy recipe.
It can be whipped up in about 5 minutes and I bet you already have all of the spices that are needed.
While there are many variations of homemade taco seasoning out there on the internet, this is my personal favorite combination of ingredients. Since I know I will almost always have these spices on hand, it makes whipping up a batch of tacos so much easier!
What is in it?
- Paprika – Regular paprika, not smoked.
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper – Adjust this to your preferred spice level.
Unlike many of the store bought packets, this version has no added MSG, gluten, artificial ingredients, or hidden dairy. That’s why making it at home is SO much healthier for you!
How to Make?
Making taco seasoning is actually quite simple and will take you less than 5 minutes.
Finding the Spices: All of these spices can be found in the spice section at your local grocery store. You can also purchase spices in bulk if your grocery store has a bulk department.
Mixing it Together: You can either whisk it together in a medium-sized bowl and use it immediately, or mix it in the jar you will be storing it in for use later.
How Much per Pound of Meat?
You will need roughly 2 – 2 ½ tablespoons of taco seasoning per pound of meat.
This includes everything from ground beef or turkey to chicken or steak fajitas.
But don’t just stop at the meat! This blend also tastes incredible on grilled or roasted vegetables, too!
How Long Does it Last?
Since it is made from spices that generally have a long shelf-life, it can last for a very long time.
Homemade taco seasoning will last for up to 1-2 years if stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container (like these 4-oz. glass jars here.) After time, the it will begin to lose its potency.
I like to store my seasoning blends in air-tight glass or acrylic containers like these found on Amazon.com. A plastic zip-top bag would work great, too!
Cook’s Tip: Avoid placing your DIY mix above the stovetop as this location normally gets too hot.
Recipes to Make
A few recipes you can make using this healthy taco seasoning mix:
- Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe – use it in place of the seasoning ingredients listed.
- Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe – add a touch to really give your guacamole a kick!
- Skillet Steak Fajitas – taco seasoning is an ingredient in this fajita recipe.
Other Spice Mix Recipes
Much like this mix, both blends are gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb, and vegan, too!
Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Taco Seasoning is the best DIY recipe that is made up of only seven easy-to-find ingredients! You can use this Paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 taco seasoning mix as a healthy alternative to a store bought packet to season ground beef, chicken, or other meats.
- 3 Tbsp. cumin
- 3 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper optional
- 1 ½ tsp. salt optional
- 1 tsp. black pepper
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well combined.
Store taco seasoning in an airtight glass container until ready to use for up to 1-2 years.
Use 2 - 2 ½ tablespoons seasoning mix per pound of meat.
- Nutritional information is based on half of the recipe, or ~2.5 tablespoons of seasoning mix.
- This recipe makes enough seasoning for two pounds of meat.
- If you do not like spicy food simply leave out the cayenne pepper.
- You can leave out the salt if you would like to adjust your sodium levels for each individual recipe you make with the taco seasoning mix.