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Do-It-Yourself: Taco Seasoning

Taco seasoning is one of those things I never buy unless it’s free or pennies per packet. Why? Because you can so easily make you own! Smashed Peas and Carrots shows you how to make Homemade Taco Seasoning.

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  • Julie C says:

    Packages of taco seasonings are usually full of msg and other unhealthy additives.

  • We eat tacos ALL THE TIME!! It was on my to-do list to find a good DIY taco seasoning. I will try this one out next time I make tacos for sure. Thanks!

  • I love making taco seasoning mix. All of the spices are on hand, and it’s easy! 🙂

  • Meggan says:

    Once I made homemade, I will never go back. Super easy & YUMMY!!!

  • We love homemade taco seasoning…keeps well in the pantry. For 1 lb meat I brown the meat first and drain, then mix 1/4 C seasoning and 3/4 C water with the meat, allow to boil quickly, then let simmer until thickened. Freezes great too!

  • Jenny says:

    thanks for posting this. I’ve wanted to make my own taco seasoning, but even with googling couldn’t seem to find a recipe. Please post more DIY season packets. I’d LOVE more of these 🙂

    • Amanda K says:

      Me too! Those seasoning packets are way too expensive for how little you get. I’d love to see more posts about DIY seasoning packets.

      • Jamie says:

        Another very easy (and extremely tasty) DIY food is ranch dressing. You add mayo and sour cream to the spices. It’s quite thick enough to be used as a veggie dip or thin it out with milk to get a pourable dressing.

        1 cup mayonnaise
        1/2 cup sour cream
        1/2 teaspoon dried chives
        1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
        1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
        1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
        1/4 teaspoon onion powder
        1/8 teaspoon salt
        1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

        In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

        • Melissa Z says:

          I substitue cottage cheese for the mayo & sour cream & add a 1.5 tsp of lemon juice. Makes a guilt free snack!

  • Bummer – I just made Taco’s tonight with store bought seasoning. This is great, Im sure we will have taco’s next week I will try it then. Thanks for sharing.

    Fifi @

  • Ryanne says:

    See, Taco Seasoning is one of the few things I don’t mind buying because it’s less then $4 at Costco for a 24oz container of MSG free seasoning.

  • Jessica says:

    What a great idea! 🙂 I will definitely use this once I run out of the taco seasoning I bought on sale awhile back. And what a cute blog, too – I loved the recipes on the recipes tab and am definitely thinking of trying some!!

  • Emily says:

    I make my own taco seasoning, too – super easy!

    I originally made it because some taco seasonings contain wheat, and I have celiac disease. Now, we just prefer homemade!

    In fact, my husband found a packet of taco seasoning in the drawer last week that I had apparently forgotten about. 🙂

  • Dustie says:

    We are having taco turkey meat and spaghetti tonight!! Super yummy!

  • Jeni says:

    Wow! It never occurred to me to MAKE my own taco seasoning, especially with ingredients I have at home already. That’s one less thing I’ll be buying in the future. I bought the Ortego 12-pk Taco Kit this week for $1, which included the seasoning packet and thought that was a good deal since I sometimes pay $0.49-$79 for the seasoning alone..!

  • Alicia says:

    I make my own as well! It’s so simple, and ready in no time flat. Here’s my recipe:
    I also like how easy it is to customize to your family’s tastes 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    I make homemade taco seasoning, too. However, the one difference that there seems to be with storebought packs ~ I think they have some kind of thickener in them. It might just be as a filler, but the color is lighter and it really seems to thicken the meat mixture more than homemade does. Maybe maseca or some kind of corn flour?

    • Melissa says:

      I like my to thicken-up also.

      My recipe uses arrow root powder (or corn starch) for the thickner.

      My recipe calls for 1/2 cup arrow root powder to the 1 cup of chili powder (then various other ingredients)

    • Heather says:

      My recipe calls for cornstarch. I usually add a little water when using it, just like you do with the packets.
      Mine also calls for cayenne pepper and oregeno. So cheap. I make up a big batch at a time. Love not using all those chemicals and saving money.

  • Carrie says:

    This is a great idea. I don’t buy the packets because they of the msg’s. I usually just open up a jar of salsa and pour it over the meat. It’s quick and easy and everyone loves it!

  • Patti says:

    Anyone have a recipe for CHILI seasoning mix
    I might as well make both.

    • Candy says:

      Chili seasoning = 1 T all-purpose flour, 2 T minced dried onion, 1 1/2 t chili powder, 1 t seasoned salt, 1/2 t crushed dried red pepper, 1/2 t instant minced garlic, 1/2 t sugar, 1/2 t ground cumin. (T = Tablespoon, t=teaspoon) Adjust according to your taste.

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