What is in that taco seasoning packet? It’s so easy to make your own seasoning at home using ingredients you trust, and making it in bulk so that you always have it on-hand for vegetables, soup, chicken, steak and — of course — ground beef.

Kroger has a large selection of Simple Truth Organic® spices, along with their Private Selection and house brand options. In our ongoing collaboration with them, we are given complete leeway on recipes and what to make. It’s through this creative license that we’ve become such a fan of their in-store lines and the value they provide. To make this taco seasoning — and testing it for taco meat — we looked to their spice collection and their Simple Truth Organic® ground beef.

taco seasoning recipe

Taco seasoning spices — just measure, pour into a bowl, mix, and it’s ready!

Spices used to make homemade taco seasoning recipe

Here are the spices used to make our homemade taco seasoning.

At this point, we’ve used this seasoning for taco meat, vegetables, on hummus, corn on the cob, in homemade queso and as a rub for flank steak. It’s delicious!

It basically takes two minutes to make, so try it and vary it based on what YOU like. For example, many taco seasoning mixes have oregano, but this one does not. If you love oregano, by all means put a little bit in. If you prefer onion flakes to onion powder, again, swap it out and make your own signature Mexican spice rub! This was specifically made to be easy to remember with portions that, once made, likely can be made again from memory.

One last thing: Note that this recipe does not include salt. Just salt as you go, as you normally would. This makes the recipe work for those watching their sodium and those who are not.

Taco Seasoning Mix

Liza Graves
Stop buying those little packets of seasoning mix and make a homemade blend instead!
4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5
Calories 45 kcal


  • 4 Tablespoons chili seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • This makes 5 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving) plus 1 Tablespoon extra.


Store in an airtight container just like you would any spice. You can place plastic wrap over a bowl and leave it near your stove top as you just may want to use this seasoning on everything for a while!


Serving: 2TbsCalories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3371IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Tacos
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Taco meat made with homemade taco seasoning recipe

We’ve used this seasoning for the obvious: taco meat!

vegetables made with homemade taco seasoning recipe

And we’ve made delicious vegetables, which our crowd loved: zucchini, onion, poblano peppers and corn — along with this taco seasoning mix.

hummus with homemade taco seasoning recipe

For an added kick, sprinkle some on top of hummus before serving.

Flank steak with homemeade taco seasoning recipe

Use this seasoning mix as a rub on a flank steak. Add some kosher salt and this mix to the steak and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.


Once you make this mix, you’ll be shocked at how it becomes part of so many recipes! Enjoy!


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