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Use this homemade taco seasoning mix and forget the packets

Use this versatile taco seasoning mix instead of packets.
Use this versatile taco seasoning mix instead of packets.
Photo by Jason Bahr

This recipe makes a great substitute for commercial packets of taco seasoning, especially if you're watching salt or carbs or cooking gluten free. You can often buy spice bottles for a dollar or less when they go on sale at Walgreens or CVS. You can get a much better spice selection with slightly higher prices at Trader Joe's.


4 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dehydrated onion flakes
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt or to taste
4 tsp black pepper or to taste


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion, cayenne, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

Suggested use: Brown and chop one pound of ground beef. Drain excess fat. Add 3/4 cup water and 3 tbsp taco mix. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.

Serve on taco shells or as part of a yummy taco salad.