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Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef

There's no need to purchase taco seasoning when it is so easy and inexpensive to make it at home with spices you likely already have in the cabinet.
Prep Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chili Powder, Cumin, Paprika
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Laura


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch optional


  • In a small bowl, mix together all of the spices. Use immediately or store for later use.

When Ready to Use

  • The recipe makes enough seasoning for 1 pound of ground beef. When ready to use, mix seasoning into 1 lb cooked ground beef along with 1/4 cup water. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes until the water has evaporated.


  • If you don’t like spicy food, don’t add the red pepper flakes.
  • Cornstarch acts as a thickener and will help the seasoning adhere to the meat and form a more saucy consistency. It’s not necessary.
  • You can mix this seasoning in a much larger batch and store for regular use. Just double or triple the ingredients.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1300mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3357IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg