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When you have homemade taco seasoning in your pantry, you never have to worry about running out on Taco Tuesday! This flavorful and versatile mix will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

overhead view of spoon in a jar of homemade taco seasoning

I’m not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it’s downright swampy here in Ohio.

I’m not even exaggerating when I tell you it has been raining for weeks.

It’s so bad that my dad can’t even put his boat at his dock because the dock is completely submerged.

I had to invest in two large umbrellas because regular sized umbrellas were just no longer cutting it here in the swampland.

open jar with spices for taco seasoning on a marble surface

Needless to say, it doesn’t feel much like summer. More like early fall, except with loads of mosquitos and a disgusting thickness to the air even though it’s only been in the high sixties.

Since we rely heavily on our grill during the summer months, we’ve been having to get a little more creative in the dinner department. Let’s be real, no one wants to grill in the rain even if you do have a cute, giant umbrella overhead.

Since our summer staples like Grilled Garlic Basil Shrimp, Sweet and Spicy Beef Kebobs, burgers and grilled chicken breasts are pretty much out of the question for the foreseeable future, we’re eating all the tacos.

Because for one, tacos are amazing, and for two, tacos are super easy. And quite frankly, I’m all about that easy summer life right now.

As long as I have the essentials like taco shells, shredded lettuce, cheese and my homemade taco seasoning, we’re good to go.

Overhead view of open spice jars for taco seasoning on a marble surface


There is nothing worse than being in the middle of making a recipe only to realize that you’re out of a key ingredient.

This has happened to me an embarrassing number of times. But these moments of pantry inconvenience have resulted in a number of my favorite recipes, including my favorite pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice and chai spice blend.

spoon mixing up a jar of homemade taco seasoning

I figured there had to be a way to make homemade taco seasoning, too. After all, I might as well avoid any future Taco Tuesday mishaps, right?

close-up view of spices for homemade taco seasoning layered in a jar

A quick visit to Google told me I was only a few minutes away from a flavorful homemade taco seasoning.

A little recipe tweaking told me I was able to control the level of heat and the salt content from making my own spice mix and my tacos have never been the same.

Now whenever I made my own taco seasoning, I make a large batch and store it in my spice cabinet for everything under the sun.

Spices for homemade taco seasoning arranged on a plate


This perfect taco seasoning has become something of a multipurpose spice blend in our house.

Obviously it is great for making tacos any night of the week. But I like to add it to everything from spicy taco cheese ball to 7-layer dip to roasted potatoes.

close-up of pepper and salt in a jar for taco seasoning

I even like to use it as homemade chili seasoning, too.

Gasp! Yes. I know it’s controversial, but I like to use the same mix for tacos and chili.

I’ve found that taco and chili seasonings are usually so similar in flavor that it made sense to consolidate them in my pantry and use this mix for both!

So I add it to hearty chili when the weather gets cold.

Spices for homemade taco seasoning on a plate with a red dish towel

Turns out, being well prepared with flavorful homemade spice blends in your pantry can lend lots of flavor to nearly any recipe you make.

Measuring spoon adding crushed red pepper to a jar for taco seasoning

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Homemade Taco and Chili Seasoning

By: Jamie
4.45 from 60 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Never run out of packets of store-bought taco or chili seasoning when you can make your own at home! This homemade mix is versatile and an absolute must for your pantry.


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper


  • In a medium bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • Stored in an airtight container, this spice blend will keep for up to a year.
  • When making chili or tacos using one pound of ground beef, start with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning blend and adjust according to your tastes.
makes about 2/3 cup


Serving: 1.5tablespoons, Calories: 33kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 1260mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2082IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Derish says:

    Taco I like it,tanks for sharing

  2. Judy McNeill says:

    This ia so great to make your own! The cost savings alone are fabulous! Thank you so much!!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Judy! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  3. Nicole says:

    Absolutely LOVE it, thank you for sharing! I will never buy a chili seasoning packet again.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Nicole! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  4. Ann says:

    For all those who misunderstand… Chili Seasoning is used to make the dish called “CHILI”.
    it is a combination of spices to be used with that dish.
    Chili POWDER is pure chilis (whether Mexican or Indian or otherwise). It is usually found in the “Spices” aisle in the grocery store. BUT if you have access to an Indian store you should try that! Be warned that it is pure HOT dried chilis that have been ground into a powder! Hope that clears up the misunderstanding!

  5. Susan Zutautas says:

    I too make this seasoning and use it for taco’s chili, and fajitas. I love it and will probably never buy the store packages ever again.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Susan! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking!

  6. Chavi says:

    I’m curious. I normally use the Ortega Taco Seasoning mix and add 3/4 cup water and mix. What makes it thicken? I thought for sure there would be corn starch or flour in your recipe. 

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello! A lot of packaged mixes do have flour in them, which is why they aren’t gluten free. But you really don’t need it! You can still add a bit of water and let it simmer and it will still be similar to the packages but without any “filler” ingredients. Hope this helps!

    2. Melissa says:

      You saved my dinner tonight. I had everything almost ready for a Pinto bean Casserole…. except the French’s Chili-O seasoning packet. Okay, Now what? Googled a copycat recipe, looked at several and gave this one a try. I had all the spices on hand and added 1/2 tsp Paprika. It’s perfect! No more packets for me. I thank you for posting your recipe. I wish others wouldn’t have been so rude with their opinions.

  7. Terry says:

    I am making a batch using your recipe for the 3rd time now, I believe. Very good. In passing just to say great recipe and I use black soybeans in my chili to lower the carbs and they are a nice sub for the traditional beans and much lower in carbs.

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the seasoning, Terry! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!