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How to Make Taco Seasoning from Your Spice Rack Supplies


Ground beef spiced with taco seasoning is a staple in my kitchen. It is easy to make and very versatile. There are so many different things you can do with taco-seasoned beef. Instead of using individual packets of taco seasoning which are (a) costly and (b) full of sodium and (d) contain interesting filler ingredients, I create my own taco seasoning mix with supplies from my spice rack. It tastes great, and I know exactly what is in it!

Do-it-Yourself Taco Seasoning Recipe

6 Tablespoons Chili Powder

2 Tablespoons Cumin

4 Tablespoons Paprika

3 Tablespoons Onion Powder

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper (this makes it very spicy, add more or less to taste)

Mix all ingredients together and stir in an airtight container. An empty spice shaker bottle works well, as does a small Rubbermaid or Tupperware food storage container.

Awesome Taco Meat

Brown 2 pounds ground beef

Drain excess fat

Stir in 4 tablespoons of taco seasoning

Add a cup of water or a can of Rotel if you really like spicy food

Simmer for about 30 minutes

Once the taco meat is prepared, you can make many different tasty treats. I like to make a big batch of this on Sundays to use for meals throughout the week. It even freezes well, so you can make enough to save for those days (or weeks) that you just don't feel like cooking.

What can you make with Awesome Taco Meat?

Here are a few ideas:

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Tacos - Simply fill store bought taco shells with meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. If you like guacamole and sour cream, pile them on too!

Soft Tacos - Instead of using a crunch taco shell, use a flour tortilla to put together tasty soft tacos.

Beef & Rice Burritos - Mix awesome taco beef with an equal amount of Mexican rice. Use to stuff flour tortillas for super beef and rice burritos.

Mexican Joes - If you are tired of the same old sloppy joe mix, try using Awesome Taco Meat the next time your family is in the mood for these stick-to-the rib sandwiches. Simply pile Awesome Taco Meat on hamburger buns and you have a quick and delicious dinner.

For more recipe ideas, see Quick and Easy Dinners - Mexican Style. The possibilities are endless with this simple, versatile, and delicious recipe for Awesome Taco beef made with your very own homemade taco seasoning mix.


Deb Bryan from Chico California on August 30, 2014:

I can work with this! Thanks. I've been looking for Gluten Spice & Dairy Free recipes. Thank you, Mary. The best thing about finding this recipe is now I can create an adaptation I can eat. I am gluten free and pretty much spice and dairy free. Your recipe will be adapted and I'll use a soft corn tortilla or make a taco salad with frito style chips. Thanks so much! Deb

brooke on February 21, 2011:

it is really good but it makes A lot of extra!

Justsilvie on January 30, 2011:

Nice Hub!

Taste's better than the package stuff!

jazmon on January 09, 2011:

i looked in my cubored and i have all the ingredence and now i can make taco dip :D

Mary White (author) from Mobile, AL on November 21, 2010:

Hi Ladyface and Kasie - I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! ~ Mary White

L a d y f a c e on November 21, 2010:

Last night I made nachos and made this taco spice recipe to sprinkle on the chicken and veg while I cooked them. I'm a spice mix skeptic since it's always either bland or way too much.. But this is really, REALLY good. It sounds so commercial of me to say, but I won't be buying the store mix anymore. Thank you again for sharing it! And, it makes a ton of it!

Are you allowed to vote up twice? :)

Kasie on November 14, 2010:

Awesome article. I'm amazed at how similar that recipe is to store bought seasoning. Well done :)

KSuzieQ on November 09, 2010:

Thank you for sharing this perfect taco seasoning alternative. Avoiding high levels of sodium in packaged foods means omitting those season packets, and this is exactly what I was looking for.

L a d y f a c e on November 03, 2010:

Am definitely trying this. I LOVE Taco anything, but never want to buy a ton of packets of seasoning...and I have all of those spices in my kitchen!

Thank you! Vote up for you.

Uber Falcon on July 13, 2010:

My Dad told me to make supper and I wanted to make tacos, so I stumbled upon this and I'm almost ready to use it. Thanks so much! It smells great!

Spice Rack on May 26, 2010:

Hi I so love the design of the spice rack that was featured. Where can I get one of those? it is really cool!

michelle on April 26, 2010:

i am making a lunch for 30, so need to make 60 tacos

how many tacos do you get from your receipe of seasoning with the 2lbs of beef?

Michelle on February 07, 2010:

Tasted much better than the packet seasoning! I didn't have Cayenne pepper but I used Rotel and it had a great taste to it! I'll make sure to pick up some Cayenee pepper though, as we would like just a little more heat. Very good flavor though!!

PS: for those that don't have an extra container and just want to make it as you use it- 1 lb ground meat (we used chicken), and 3 tsp Chili, 1 tsp Cumin, 2 tsp Paprika, 1 1/2 tsp Onion, 1/2 tsp Cayenee. Perfect flavor!

Thanks for posting this recipe it was great!

Lucia on October 27, 2009:

Take it from me, a full-blooded Mexican, this was really good! :)

My husband daughter and I fully enjoyed it for dinner last night. With the economy being what it has been we are living on a very tight budget. Trying to come up with something different and good that met everyone's taste buds needs on the spot, this was an "AWESOME" way to go. Thanks!

James on September 21, 2009:

I just wanted to say thank you for the great taco seasoning recipe. I've always used the store bought kind, but this was very simple and it tasted great. Thanks!

Capt Frank on July 28, 2009:

Wow, your taco seasoning is so much easier than I thought, and it's great too. Thank you so much for the information. You've made an old taco loving police captain very happy.

Marcus on July 05, 2009:

I'm will try this recipe for tacos, but I don't onion powder, so I will try it anyway Thanks.......

Faith on May 15, 2009:

that'z very good !!!! I loved it!!!

lulu on April 20, 2009:

wow thanks for the recipe I will be shure to try it out today. I just hope my family likes it as well and I will let you all know.

wildsagefire from USA on March 06, 2009:

been looking for a taco seasoning mix....will have to try, thanks!

marie on March 05, 2009:

i made this last night my son said that he loved very much will not be buying the pack no more

tanyawatson on April 23, 2008:

I can't wait to try this out. I love tacos and hate that I have to buy the packets for seasoning. Hopefully this will be cheaper in the long run too! :)

writewanda on March 12, 2008:

Great alternative, I look forward to using it!

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on February 10, 2008:

Awesome - yes. I will bookmark this. I have all these seasonings in my cabinet. So much easier than going to the store for expensive taco mix. Thanks!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on February 09, 2008:

Hi, I soooo love tacos. But I just use the individual packets of seasoning. So I am super duper glad to have stumbled on your hub today. As soon as I am finished sending this comment to you, I will copy the ingredients for a homemade seasoning. Thank you, thank you... You just made my day. :-)

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