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Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend (Bold Flavor!)

Homemade tacos are one of our favorite year round meals. We experiment with everything from the protein to the toppings, and of course, the seasoning.

When we want traditional Mexican-style tacos, this taco seasoning recipe never fails. So, if you find yourself without a packet of taco seasoning, try our amazing, bold and spicy blend.

Homemade taco seasoning recipe
Bold, flavorful taco seasoning recipe.

Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Taco seasonings can be as simple or as complex as you wish. Our favorite homemade taco seasoning is on the simple side, using ingredients that you probably already have on your spice rack.

  • 1 tbsp paprika. The base of this taco seasoning is paprika. If you don’t have any, you can substitute chili powder or ancho powder (or any other ground chili pepper you have on hand).
  • 2 tsp onion powder. Onion powder brings so much flavor to this blend. If you don’t have onion powder, consider simply adding chopped fresh onions to your taco filling or toppings.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder. Garlic powder is a must for traditional taco seasoning. You can use fresh garlic as well, but the ground powder adds a unique flavor we love.
  • 1 tsp cumin. Ground cumin may be the single most important ingredient to achieving “bold” flavor. If you don’t have any on hand, try curry powder.
  • 1 tsp marjoram. When it comes to herbs, marjoram is the best possible choice. The mild citrus flavors and bright aroma add so much depth to the taco seasoning. You can use oregano as an alternative.
  • 1 tsp salt.
  • 1 tsp black pepper.
  • 1/4 tsp allspice. While this is optional, I love what allspice adds a unique twist to this taco blend. Consider it the “secret ingredient.”
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional). Smoked paprika adds a great depth of flavor – if you have some, add a bit!
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (optional, if you like it spicy). If you like tacos with a kick, add a bit of cayenne powder or chili flakes for heat. Or, just add a splash of hot sauce to your finished tacos.
Taco seasoning spices in bowl
Taco seasoning spices.

I think this blend is better than any store bought taco seasoning I’ve ever tried. It is easy to make extra for later, or to whip together when you don’t have any on hand.

For a low sodium taco seasoning, reduce the salt to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp, and add more as desired. You can even make this spice blend salt-free if you’d like – the flavor will still be great!

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How long does taco seasoning last?

One of the best things about DIY taco seasoning is how long it can last in storage. Since the ingredients are all dried herbs and spices, taco seasoning can store for 1 year or longer at room temperature.

For the best flavor, I recommend using your taco spice mix within 3 months. It can also cake together a bit if it is humid. If this happens, just give it a shake before using.

Mixing taco seasoning spices

Using the Seasoning for Tacos:

Once you make your homemade taco seasoning, it’s so easy to make delicious tacos. All you need is a protein of choice, diced tomatoes, taco shells, and a few fresh toppings.

Suggested taco filling:

  • 1 lb. meat (ground beef or chicken)
  • 3 tbsp. taco seasoning blend
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes

To make up a batch of simple tacos using our taco seasoning blend, start by browning the meat over medium-high heat until just cooked through. Add 3 tbsp. of seasoning per pound of meat, mixing thoroughly.

Add the diced tomatoes (with juices) to the pan and mix thoroughly. Allow the mix to heat through until it is bubbling, stirring occasionally.

Fill up your favorite taco shells with the filling, add toppings, and enjoy. Our favorite toppings are chopped lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh lime juice, cilantro, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

Taco seasoning spices in bowl

Bold Taco Seasoning

Bold, classic taco seasoning flavor with simple herbs and spices.
5 from 2 votes
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Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco seasoning
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 tbsp


  • 1 tbsp paprika or chili powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp marjoram or oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional, for spicy tacos
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika optional
  • 1/4 tsp allspice optional


  • Mix all herbs and spices in a small bowl and store in a cool, dry location.
    Mixing taco seasoning spices


  • Other spices we found to work well include ancho chili powder, chipotle powder, Mexican oregano, and tomato powder.
  • Allspice may seem like an odd addition, but it adds a special touch that compliments this taco seasoning.

I hope you enjoy our taco seasoning recipe. Try experimenting with other spices or herbs to make this blend your own – oregano, cilantro, ancho powder, pasilla, and chipotle powder are all great options.

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One of the original Pepper Geeks! When Calvin isn’t gardening or learning more about peppers and botany, he might be traveling new places or playing some music.

Recipe Rating


Sunday 23rd of July 2023

Was trying various home made taco seasoning, most had mostly chili powder but never had taste, this was exceptional! As a Hungarian Canadian I have all sorts of paprika, I used hot and smokey and it was delicious, the 90s pack of taco seasoning is long gone, hell can't even find large tacos any more, I would love Taco Time's 90's recipe lol, but this will be my new go-to, adding the diced tomatoes really boosted the flavor, that will be a must for all future taco nights


Monday 24th of July 2023

Coming from you, that means a lot! Hungarian paprika is the best in the world. Glad you enjoy the recipe!


Thursday 20th of July 2023

Will check this out next TACO TUESDAY!! This recipe sounds way better than the store.


Thursday 20th of July 2023

Sounds awesome. Will be trying this soon!