Taco Powder

Homemade Taco Powder is so easy and full of flavor, you’ll never want to buy those little packets from the store ever again! Save yourself time and money by using staples that are already in your pantry to create the perfect blend of spices. 

Add this taco powder mix to our beef enchiladasbaked mahi mahi, or beef and tomato casserole for added Tex-Mex flavor. 

Small white bowl filled with homemade taco seasoning.

Homemade Taco Mix 

DIY taco powder is so easy to make and you probably have the required mixture of seasonings in your pantry already! This mix is easily customizable to your preferences and can be made in less than 5 minutes.

You’ll never want to buy the tiny store bought packets again. Simply toss all the seasonings into a small bowl, mix, and store. You’ll have your own taco seasoning mix for Taco Tuesdays!

How To Make Taco Powder

  1. Mix the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, smoked paprika, dried oregano, ground cumin, and black pepper in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle on ground beef, steak, fish, or chicken before cooking.
Ingredients for taco seasoning in a bowl.

Kim’s Tips

Tips
  • Adjust these seasonings to your taste. Use more or less of one ingredient, or skip some altogether.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to make a larger batch.
  • When using this blend with ground beef, add a bit of water to keep the meat moist while cooking.

Storage

Pantry: Keep leftovers of this taco seasoning in a jar or airtight container in your pantry for up to 6 months.

Top down view taco seasoning in a bowl.

FAQs

Our seasoning mix is mild, but taco seasoning spiciness varies based on the spice blend. Many recipes are mild to medium with chili powder and black pepper. Adjust the heat by changing the chili powder amount or adding some cayenne pepper. It’s easy to tailor the spiciness to your taste.

The amount of taco seasoning you use depends on the amount of food you’re preparing and personal taste preferences. 

A good rule of thumb is to use approximately 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning per pound of meat. Two tablespoons of seasoning equals about the same as one packet of taco seasoning. 

If you’re cooking something with a lighter flavor, such as chicken or fish, you might start with a bit less and adjust to taste. 

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Taco Powder

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon salt
    2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    2 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Use 2-3 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of meat.
  • Keep any leftover seasoning in a sealed container for up to 6 months.

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Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning. Actual calories will vary.
*Adjust any of the spices or salt as desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 1782mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 1115IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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