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DIY Taco Seasoning!



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um, i feel like 8 billion years ago, I told you i’d talk about making your own DIY taco seasoning and now I’m FINALLY getting to it!

let’s all celebrate!  who wants a margarita?  you?  and you?  no. i need what’s left and don’t have enough for the rest of you… just kidding!  there’s always room for more… sort of. maybe?  FINE i’ll let you have a sip of mine.  

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alright I’ll stop being dramatic about margaritas long enough for us to talk tacos!

SO.  growing up were you an old el paso box mix kid?  i SO was.  i think it might have been my favorite night of the week!  i LOVED taco night.  and that box mix (soft and hard shell combo OBVI because even then I couldn’t make up my mind and have a definitive favorite).

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There’s something really nostalgic about whipping up taco on a weeknight.  I think it might be because it was like the first thing I learned how to make that didn’t require a recipe (i’m looking at you frito crusted chicken drumsticks from my kids pampered chef cookbook).  

I think i might have even taught my brother how to make tacos too.  we spent alot of summers hanging out together just him and I.

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BUT. i LOVED the seasoning that came with the old el paso taco kits.  truthfully it was the only thing I knew and the thing that tasted like “homemade” tacos to me.

I couldn’t imagine a world without that cute little seasoning packet that I could cut a slice into the top of and combine with 1/3 cup of water and make the world completely right.  

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UNTIL!  I had Frankie’s mom’s tacos (which are practically famous in his hometown) for the first time.  <- they tasted COMPLETELY different from the seasoning packets I was used to.

I honestly don’t even know what she uses or how she makes them.  It’s very possible that she also uses a packet for flavoring, but that’s not the point anyway so I’m not worried.  THE POINT is that that’s when I realised that tacos at home didn’t have to come from an Old El Paso taco kit.

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and so, after that I was changed.  

And then I learned about nutrition…. and sodium…. and how bad for you those mixes can be for you if you have them too much.  and I ventured into the world of homemade taco seasoning.  The world where you have FULL control over how your tacos taste.  what?!?

(although, I won’t lie to you and act like i don’t still crave a taco kit every once in a while for nostalgia’s sake)

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but, can you imagine it?

a world where you not only decide HOW much flavor the tacos get, but how much of each SPICE make up the flavoring.

and lucky for you, i tried quite a few combos.  this one has been my favorite. Taco Seasoning!-6

I use a lot of cumin.  because…. cumin.  is that okay?

Um. i hope so.

if not don’t worry, just change it up and reduce the cumin to your liking.  I should tell you though, this seasoning has been frankie approved – so that means it’s pretty good.  just saying.

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I usually use 1 tablespoon for one half pound of taco filling.  but you do you!


Taco Seasoning

  • Author: Ashley Renee


  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix together. Store in an airtight container with your other spices for up to six months.


  • I usually use 2 tablespoons of seasoning for each pound of taco meat/filling, but feel free to adjust to fit your tastes!


  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 7222
  • Fat: 3
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 0

 also, this recipe makes JUST enough to fill an archer farms spice container…. coincidence?  I think not.

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4 comments on “DIY Taco Seasoning!”

  1. wait i’ve been wanting to make my own taco seasoning forever!!!!! something weirds me out about those packages they sell in the grocery store plus i totally have all these things in my pantry right now – SCORE. thanks for sharing :)

    1. I totallyyyyy get it! I was a little worried I wouldn’t get the flavors right… but honestly it tastes SOOOO much better than I expected (and possibly EVEN better than the store bought ones?!)

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