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  • Egg free
  • Dairy free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Low fat per serve
  • No added sugar
  • Healthier living
  • Diabetes friendly
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free

Taco seasoning is so versatile, it can be used for grilled meats, soups, casseroles, salad dressing and even popcorn. It’s also so easy to make your own!

  • Makes1, Makes 1/4 Cup
  • Prep time5 minutes
Taco Seasoning


  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 -1 tsp chilli powder

Nutritional information

Per 1 tsp serve: Energy: 55kJ/13 Cals (1%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 0.4g (1%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Sodium: 352mg (18%), Carb: 1g (0%), Sugar: 0.4g (0%), Dietary Fibre: 2g (7%).

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  1. Step 1

    To make the taco seasoning, combine the cumin, oregano, garlic powder, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper and chilli powder in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe tip

Add to beef, pork or chicken mince for a traditional taco filling or use as a rub on steak, chicken or fish. Sprinkle into soups or onto grilled vegetables for a touch of Mexican spice.

Clever storage:
Place your taco seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place, away from the stove. It will last up to 6 months if stored correctly.

Taco seasoning recipe

Taco seasoning is mildly spicy, with a savoury and smoky flavour that’s delicious. It’s made up of cumin, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder and several other herbs and spices as well. Did you know that you can make your own taco mince seasoning at home? It’s much better in terms of flavour, and you can customise it to suit your taste preferences. Cutting down on salt? Make a taco seasoning with less of it. Can’t tolerate foods that are too spicy? Add less chilli powder. Once you make DIY taco seasoning, it’ll be your go-to to season not just taco mince but grilled meats, beans, seafood and even to flavour vinaigrette for salads. 

How to make taco seasoning

Here are some tips for making this recipe for taco seasoning:

  • Include the key herbs and spices. So, what's in taco seasoning? Taco seasoning included salt, cumin, paprika, oregano, chilli, garlic powder and onion powder. If you have all of these, you’ll nail the flavour. If you have smoked paprika, it’ll taste even better.

  • Follow the recipe below as a guide, but don’t be afraid to customise it to suit you and your family’s tastes. It is said that each home ends up developing their own version of taco seasoning, so don’t be afraid to swap out the oregano (coriander is a great alternative) or to bump up the chilli or garlic powder if you so desire. No need to go searching for a mild taco seasoning recipe, just leave out the chilli powder altogether from this recipe!

  • If you want the freshest taco seasoning possible, buy new spices to make this recipe.

  • Combine the herbs and spices well – use a whisk to mix them gently together. 

  • Store correctly for freshness and flavour. Your best option will be an airtight mason jar or container, kept in a cool, dark and dry place away from the stove. 

Ways to use homemade taco seasoning

You can add this seasoning to pretty much any savoury dish: taco, burrito and quesadilla fillings, soups, pastas, burgers, casseroles, breakfast eggs and rice. It is also a great spice rub for meats, chicken, seafood, tofu and veggies, or can be used to jazz up a bowl of popcorn or a salad vinaigrette. If you’re a lover of giving DIY gifts to people as party favours or for Christmas, you can give them small bottles of this spice mix. 

Love this recipe?

This is one of the best homemade taco seasonings you’ll ever try. You won’t be able to stop putting it in everything! Love the idea of DIY-ing your own spice mix? Check out these recipes for Malaysian curry powder, Curtis Stone’s dukkah and chilli lime rub for meats.