Make your own Mild Taco Seasoning at home with spices you probably already have in your pantry.
Making your own homemade mild taco seasoning is easy and affordable. But the best part is you can control the flavors, spice levels, and salt.
Want more garlic? Add a little more! Watching your sodium intake? Dial down the salt.
I love making a big batch of this recipe for mild taco seasoning because I use it in all kinds of things -- not just taco meat!
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Great money-saving recipe — those taco seasoning packets from the store add up!
Easy to customize to your tastes — make it spicier or reduce the salt
Versatile spice blend to add to your favorite recipes
Simple recipe to double or triple
So, what is taco seasoning made of? These are some of the key ingredients. See the recipe card for the full list of ingredients.
Chili powder adds that familiar smoky, slightly spicy Southwestern flavor to taco seasoning. It’s also delicious in chili, meat rubs, and pasta sauces.
Cumin is an earthy, warm seasoning with a slightly nutty flavor. I love a little bit of it sprinkled on this mango salsa.
Paprika is sweet and mildly peppery. Some varieties of paprika may be smoky or spicy.
Onion powder adds mild onion flavor
Garlic powder is dehydrated garlic and has a less assertive flavor than fresh garlic
Oregano is subtly sweet and herbaceous
Tip: Be sure to use fresh spices. Check the expiration date on the spices from your cabinet to ensure they are fresh.
Spicy: This mild version of taco seasoning is pretty tame. If you are looking for something with a little heat, use spicy chili powder or add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
Less salt: Adjust the sodium level to meet your needs by reducing or eliminating the salt.
How To Make Taco Meat with Homemade Taco Seasoning
3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning blend equals one store-bought seasoning packet.
Brown 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken in a large pan or skillet. Drain off excess fat.
Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and ½ cup water.
Simmer until the water has evaporated.
- Add one small diced onion when browning the ground meat.
- Stir in taco sauce, tomato sauce, or salsa at the very end.
What to Make with DIY Taco Seasoning
Taco seasoning isn't just for taco night. This delicious blend of spices is a great way to add flavor to all your favorite recipes.
- Use as a meat rub
- Stir into sour cream for a dip or baked potato topper
- Sprinkle on veggies before roasting
- Add it to breading for fish or chicken
- Mix it into chili or baked beans
- Enhance the flavor of sloppy joes
- Mix it into meatloaf or meatballs
- Stir it into mac and cheese
- Combine all ingredients together.
- To use in your favorite taco recipe, add 3 tablespoons of seasoning for every pound of meat.
Keep your homemade taco seasoning in your spice cabinet or other cool and dry place for up to 6 months.
You can easily replicate the flavors of a store-bought packet of taco seasoning by making your own homemade taco seasoning. For a mild mix, combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Make it spicy with red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and ½ cup of water after browning the ground meat. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated.
The spices that go into taco seasoning are very flavorful, so if you don’t want a lot of spice, omit spicy seasonings like red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper and you’ll still have a very flavorful taco seasoning. Make sure to use mild chili powder.
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Taco Seasoning Recipe (Mild)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ tablespoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- Combine all ingredients together.
- Use 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning for every pound of ground meat.
- Store homemade taco seasoning mix in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
To Make Taco Meat
- Brown 1 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken in a large pan or skillet. Drain off excess fat.
- Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and ½ cup water.
- Simmer until the water has evaporated.