How to Make Taco Seasoning Homemade

how to make taco seasoning homemade

How to make taco seasoning homemade, this is the one I made with Rachael Ray and Bob Harper! It’s world famous and 100% delicious!

Homemade taco seasoning is easy, and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already! I have made this diy taco seasoning with my on camera pal Rachael Ray, and I assure you it’s the best one on the internet today.

how to make taco seasoning homemade

Making taco seasoning homemade is simple, and easy! And you’ll find that it’s far less expensive than purchasing taco seasoning at the store.

My homemade taco seasoning goes great on shredded chicken, crumbled meat, and even tofu tacos! This taco seasoning recipe is versatile, and you may even find yourself sprinkling it or it over steaks to barbecue, and yes I have included a recipe for that too…

In this article I’ll show you that making your own taco seasoning homemade recipe is easy, and inexpensive.

Keep reading for my taco seasoning easy recipe…  PLUS the video of me, Bob Harper (of The Biggest Loser) and Racheal Ray making this famous taco seasoning recipe.

How to Make Taco Seasoning Homemade

In this article, I will share my recipe for taco seasoning home made, the recipe now made famous after my appearance on the Rachael Ray show.

I will also share different ways to use the homemade taco seasoning recipes, so you can use this taco seasoning DIY to make many different meals.

This home made taco seasoning is great in soups, on steaks as a rub, and of course in tacos.

Below you will learn how to make my taco seasoning from scratch, and what is in taco seasoning. I think you’ll be surprised to find that you may have everything in your pantry to make taco seasoning homemade right now.

My recipe for taco seasoning was made famous on the Rachael Ray show. Try it tonight or for Taco Tuesday. 

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

So, what’s in taco seasoning? It’s so easy to make your own taco seasoning, you may even find that you have all of the ingredients for taco seasoning spices already.

Taco seasoning make your own is a great way to be sure that you have a gluten-free taco seasoning. Many store-bought taco seasoning spices have gluten in them.

Recipes for taco seasoning will include:

  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

If you’re learning how to make taco seasoning, it’s as simple as adding your ingredients together and mixing them. In the next section I will teach you how to make taco seasoning homemade.

This homemade recipe for taco seasoning uses pantry staples, you may find that you have everything to make this recipes for taco seasoning in your home already.

How to Make Taco Seasoning

Now that you know what is in taco seasoning, we can talk about how to make taco seasoning.

I like to keep a mason jar full of my homemade taco seasoning in my pantry at all times. I use it as a rub for steaks, and all of my favorite taco recipes, and even in soups.

Making your own taco seasoning recipes will ensure you have a taco seasoning that is gluten free.

Make your own homemade taco seasoning:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the taco seasoning ingredients above.
  2. Mix the homemade taco seasoning recipe well, and store in a glass jar, or make your own taco seasoning packet.
  3. To make your own taco seasoning packet, add 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning homemade recipe to a bag. Repeat until you are out of taco seasoning make your own recipe.

There are many different recipes for homemade taco seasoning that you can use this taco spice mix for, in the next sections we will discuss how to use this homemade taco seasoning recipe.

Make your own taco seasoning packet, or keep a mason jar full of this homemade taco seasoning recipe in your pantry at all times… You’ll be glad you did it.

Taco Seasoning for Chicken

The recipes for taco seasoning below go great with chicken! You can use this taco seasoning for chicken tacos, or even as a rub for a whole chicken, or for barbecuing different cuts of chicken!

I like to use taco seasoning with chicken that’s pre-cooked and shredded, sometimes that’s a rotisserie chicken I purchased from the store, but most often it’s leftover roasted chicken

One of the main ways that I like to cook, is repurposing protein throughout the week to help save money, and time in the kitchen. Using taco seasoning on chicken that’s been pre-cooked and shredded, is a great way to reuse leftovers, and feed a lot of people!

Use this chicken taco seasoning for Taco Tuesday, or use the taco seasoning gluten free recipe to rub on a whole chicken, or any cut of chicken before cooking, barbecuing, roasting, or putting in the instant pot.

Taco seasoning chicken recipes don’t have to be all about making tacos, this rub is extremely delicious on all cuts of chicken.   

Ground Meat Taco Seasoning

Most store-bought taco seasoning for ground beef is full of preservatives, and gluten. But my homemade taco seasoning is all natural, and gluten-free!

This taco seasoning recipe can be made for more than just beef, it’s great for ground turkey and chicken as well.

Taco seasoning meat recipes can be found below in the printable recipe card, I’ve also given directions to use this taco seasoning mix on tofu, and shredded pre-cooked chicken.

Taco seasoning beef recipes, ground turkey recipes, and chicken recipes are extremely simple. I like to make taco seasoning ground beef with a little bit of beer… It adds a ton of flavor, and it’s a great way to use up old flat beer from yesterday.

This homemade taco seasoning goes great on any ground meat, try this famous taco seasoning recipe the next time you make ground meat tacos.

Spicy Taco Seasoning

I personally love to make my taco seasoning homemade a little extra spicy. And in this section I’ll give you the recipe for taco seasoning spicy.

You can use this spicy taco seasoning just as you would use the home made taco seasoning below, you can use it on shredded chicken, any ground meat, tofu, and even as a rub.

To make your taco seasoning mix recipe spicy: add in 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne powder to the taco seasoning recipe.

The spicy taco seasoning has got some kick to it, you may want to make your own taco seasoning, and just add in a pinch of cayenne per serving. This meat taco seasoning is pretty spicy!

Make a spicy taco seasoning homemade by adding in some Cayenne.

Taco Seasoning Homemade Recipe

In this section, I will share the recipe on how to make taco seasoning homemade.

Along with the how to make taco seasoning section, you will also find taco seasoning recipes for shredded chicken, ground meat, and even tofu. See below to learn how to make a steak recipe for taco seasoning mix as well!

how to make taco seasoning homemade

Taco Seasoning Homemade Recipe

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This homemade taco seasoning is easy to make, in fact you probably already have all the ingredients!
I made this recipe with my on camera pal, Rachael Ray… you can watch us use the Taco Seasoning homemade to make my famous Taco Mac and Cheese in the video below. You can add it to ground meat, shredded chicken, or crumbled tofu to make your favorite homemade tacos tonight.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
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Total Time 2 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings
Calories 0 kcal


  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper


Basic How to Make Taco Seasoning Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together, store in a jar in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  • For each pound of meat, 1 cup of shredded chicken, or 1 cup of crumbled tofu, add 2 tablesooons of Homemade Taco Seasoning.

Shredded Chicken Tacos:

  • To a pan, add 1 cup of shredded cooked chicken, 2 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning, and 1/4 cup water or chicken broth.
  • Cook on medium-low heat, uncovered until the water has evaporated. Stir often to avoid burning.

Ground Meat Taco Seasoning:

  • Add 1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken) to a pan, brown over medium heat.
  • Drain out any fat and discard, then add in 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning and 1/4 cup water or beer.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid is absorbed. Stir often to avoid burning.

Tofu Vegan Tacos:

  • Crumble 1 cup of firm or extra firm tofu, add it to pan with 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning, and 1/4 cup water.
  • Cook on medium-low heat until the liquid is absorbed. Stir often to avoid burning.



Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 0kcal
Keyword Main Course
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This homemade taco seasoning also goes great on different cuts of chicken, and steak! It makes a delicious rub that the entire family will love!

Try my recipe for taco seasoning mix on steak:

In the next sections, we will review your questions of recipes for taco seasoning, so keep scrolling…

Q&A on Homemade Taco Seasoning

In this section I will review all of your questions on recipes for taco seasoning. 

As a reminder the above homemade taco seasoning can be used on tofu, ground meat, pre-cooked shredded chicken, and even as a rub for steak or chicken.

1. Is Taco Seasoning Gluten Free?

Taco seasoning is not usually gluten-free, not the store-bought kind at least. I recommend making your own taco seasoning homemade if you’re looking to reduce gluten from your diet.

The recipe above for homemade taco seasoning is gluten-free!

2. Is Taco Seasoning Low Carb?

Taco seasoning is low carb! But it also depends what you put it on. If you use the taco seasoning recipe, make shredded chicken tacos with it, and use several tortillas, that would not be low-carb.

I recommend having a taco salad, or using lettuce to make taco wraps as opposed to using tortillas.

You can also use corn tortillas to help reduce carbs, or low carb tortillas.

3. What’s in Taco Seasoning?

Taco seasoning usually combines chili powder, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a number of other herbs.

An old chef friend of mine gave me his secret ingredient, which is surprisingly… Italian seasoning!

Using Italian seasoning will help you get all of the extra herbs into your recipes for taco seasoning, and will save you some money.

4. How do you make Keto Taco Seasoning?

Most store-bought taco seasonings are not keto friendly. However above in the printable recipe card, you will find keto taco seasoning!

Most store-bought taco mix will have corn starch. If you are on a keto diet you will want to avoid that.

5. Can you use Taco Seasoning on Steak?

 Yes, yes, yes! You can absolutely use taco seasoning on steak.

Check out my steak recipes, you’ll see that I have included my taco seasoning recipe to be used as a rub in this article, it’s great on the barbecue, and on the stove top!

6. How much Seasoning is in a Taco Packet?

Can you believe it? The store-bought packets of seasoning only include 2 tablespoons of herbs and spices!

That’s a dollar spent for items you likely already have in your pantry.

7. Do you add Water to Taco Seasoning?

You should add water to your taco seasoning, it will help to evenly distribute your seasoning, and also add moisture to your tacos.

You can also use chicken or vegetable broth… or beer!

8. Can I substitute Fajita Seasoning for Taco Seasoning?

The only difference between fajita seasoning, and taco seasoning, is garlic. So yes, as long as you like garlic you can absolutely use fajita seasoning for taco seasoning. 

9. Can I use Taco Seasoning on Fajitas?

Taco seasoning and fajita seasoning are very similar! The only difference is garlic.

If you want to use my homemade taco seasoning to make fajitas, simply add in 2 chopped garlic cloves when you add in the spices.

10. How much Taco Seasoning do I need for 3 Pounds of Meat?

For each pound of meat, you will need 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning, or store-bought taco seasoning.

So, if you have 3 pounds of meat, you will need 6 tablespoons of taco seasoning.

Final Thoughts on Homemade Taco Seasoning

In this article for my taco seasoning recipe, we have explained what is in taco seasoning, and shared different recipes for using a taco seasoning pack.

Recipes taco seasoning are more than just an average taco Tuesday night meal. You can use my recipe for taco seasoning to make steaks, whole roasted chicken, and even soups!

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