How to Make Ground Beef Taco Seasoning

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make ground beef taco seasoning? Well, today is your day! Once you make your own taco seasoning, you won’t go back to the store packets. This seasoning recipe has the best blend of spices which makes it full of flavor.  Make it a go-to for all your Mexican inspired meals. 

a bowl of seasonings that make up homemade taco seasoning

My family lives for tacos, so we use a lot of it in our home.  One day, I tried my hand at making my own beef taco seasoning. I wrote down the recipe just in case I needed to make some adjustments. 

Long story short, it turned out great! I used it to make my Best Classic Ground Beef Tacos. They were so good!  I will never buy another those taco mix packets ever again! My sis asked for the recipe. If you are looking for a homemade taco seasoning for ground beef or even chicken THIS IS THE ONE! 


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I had no clue she was going to make it with my ground beef tacos the very next day. She’s loved my Best Chili Recipe, My Yasss Best Meatloaf Recipe, Peruvian fried Rice, Sweet Potato Pie and my Salisbury Steak so I knew she would like the taco seasoning. 

They’re now some of her go-to recipes!  My sister can cook her butt off.  She knows good food! I cant’ wait to share some of her recipes with you! 

taco seasoning recipe


My sister hit me up in google chat. Her exact words,”I made the taco seasoning and the beef tacos. They were good as hell!”  She had two tacos, her hubby ate several and her 10 yr old daughter had four. Her toddler had none.

She thinks tacos are “yucky.” Kids, I tell ya. Anyway, that was my sister’s first time making taco seasoning and she won’t be buying the store kind anymore either. 

Since my family and my sister’s family love this recipe, I figured I’d share it with you. I hope you like it! 


Ground beef taco seasoning is super easy to make. It can be made in 5 minutes or less. The ingredients include chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, crushed red peppers, a bit of sugar, salt and pepper. It’s right in the middle of mild and bold flavored. It’s definitely flavorful though.

You can omit the salt, if you want to have to have more control over it. Add all of the ingredients into a small bowl and mix well then store in an air tight container until you are ready to use it. Easy right? 

Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of the taco seasoning packets from the store?  I found an old dusty taco mix packet hidden in the back of my cabinet. FYI, the ingredients on the packet were a bit scary. 

It contained a lot of preservatives and other ingredients I could barely pronounce.  I’ll never go back to that premade packet stuff.  Homemade is much healthier, easier and tastier. 

I noticed a lot of recipes for taco mix says one packet of taco seasoning is equal to two tablespoons. This ground beef taco recipe makes about 4 tablespoons.

Feel free to use two tablespoons or more if you like, however, two tablespoons wasn’t enough for me.

The ground beef had superb flavor. My recipe tester sis and her family had no complaints. 

Taco Seasoning

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A bowl of seasonings that make up homemade taco seasoning

How to Make Homemade Ground Beef Taco Seasoning

April Boller Wright
Homemade taco seasoning is so convenient and easy to make. Once you make your own taco mix, you won't go back to the store packets. This taco seasoning recipe has the best blend of spices which makes it full of flavor.  Make it a go-to for all your Mexican inspired meals. 
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 5 people


  • 2 tbsp chili powder plus an additional 1 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch


  • In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container. 
    Taco seasoning



The measurements are to be used with about 1 lb of ground beef. You can use two tablespoons which is said to be the equivalent to pre-made packets, however I found that 2 tbsp wasn't enough so I always use all of it. This recipe makes about 3 1/2 tablespoons
Use 2 tbsp or more of the taco seasoning depending on your preference but I think it tastes amazing if you add all of it. FYI, updated recipe doesn't have any crushed red peppers but feel free to add a bit it you like. 
Post updated 11/17/2019. No changes to the recipe.
Keyword beef taco seasoning, easy taco seasoning, ground beef taco seasoning, taco mix
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  1. I loved it thank you so much. I added celery seed and coriander. Just a different taste. Thanks again your right no packets ever in my pantry!!

  2. Paul risgell says:

    I have grandkids who hate the site of onion cooked into meat. I take a half onion a bell pepper and sometimes a hatch pepper, mild, and puree them together. Added to meat, no one can see them, but they love the taste.

  3. Delicious seasoning that can easily replace my always-go-to recipe that I’ve had for quite a while now. I just can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂5 stars

    1. I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it! Thank you Danielle!

  4. SANDIE Kensington says:

    Hi April!
    Do you have a favorite chili powder you use? There are so many to choose from and I have not found one, yet, I really like. Thank you for sharing this taco seasoning mix….I am anxious to give it a try!

    1. Nope. I don’t have a favorite. But I always find myself reaching for the McCormick brand. You will definitely love the taco seasoning. Let me know what ya think about it! Thank you Sandie!

  5. Homemade spice powders are the best to give flavors to the dish..The taco seasoning powder looks fabulous and your pictures are more than perfect.5 stars

  6. I already don’t want to use any store packets after reading through this post – it is amazing how much you can do at home! And this seasoning is just what I need – thank you!5 stars

  7. Homemade seasonings are the best, and I love how I already have all the ingredients in my pantry. This will elevate our taco Tuesdays for sure!5 stars

  8. I have all the ingredients to make this Taco seasoning, thanks for sharing! It’s raining Tacos from out of the sky, Tacos ,…😊.5 stars

  9. Your taco seasoning sounds way better than any ready made one I’ve used! Can’t wait to make my own!5 stars

  10. These seasonings sound amazing; chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, crushed red peppers, a bit of sugar, salt, and pepper. I always wondered what was in Mexican seasoning.5 stars

  11. Jere Cassidy says:

    I love making my own seasonings, it’s fun getting all the spices out and mixing them. Plus, they taste amazing. Your pics are beautiful.5 stars

  12. Kelly Anthony says:

    I will never buy another taco seasoning packet either. This recipe is such a great way to keep in the cabinet at all times.5 stars

  13. I agree, the ingredients on those packaged seasoning mixes are a bit scary. We love tacos in my house, too, so I can’t wait to make this seasoning mix. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars