Taco Seasoning


The taco seasoning packets that come with grocery store taco kits are often, unfortunately, filled with more than just spices (some contain MSG). Luckily, it’s easier and way tastier to make your own taco seasoning blend, and ours is salty, sweet, spicy, and a little bit smokey. It tastes just like the taco seasoning you can get at the store, so make a large batch to have on hand. Great for tacos, of course, but think outside the shell: use it to spice up mac and cheese, hamburgers, or even bacon.

Taco Seasoning
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
6 tbsp.


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon light brown sugar


  1. Stir together all ingredients until combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 1 year.

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