Making your own homemade taco seasoning is so simple and inexpensive! You likely already have most of the ingredients in your pantry and can whip up a batch in just minutes, then enjoy it for months.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
My family loves tacos. It’s not a stretch to say we celebrate Taco Tuesday weekly, and usually enjoy some sort of Mexican dish at least once other time during the week. Making awesome tacos is both more delicious and easier than ever now, thanks to this homemade taco seasoning!
I like to whip up a batch and use it in absolutely everything I can. Tacos, casseroles, dips, soups…you name it. It’s hands-down my favorite spice blend.
The blend of spices in this taco seasoning make a great tasting taco meat and you can kick it up a notch by adding some crushed red pepper if you like it hot.
Save Money by Making Your Own Taco Seasoning
I know it might not seem like the taco seasoning packets you buy in stores are very expensive, but with the number of tacos our family consumes, it really adds up. I can make an entire batch of this homemade taco seasoning for pennies on the dollar when compared with the store packets.
Not only is this mix less expensive than buying the pre-made mixes at the grocery store, it tastes better too. Plus, since you are the one making it, you know exactly what the ingredients in it are.
How Long Does Homemade Taco Seasoning Last?
One batch of this seasoning makes enough mix for 4 taco nights. However, I like to triple the recipe (or more!) and bulk make enough homemade taco seasoning to last me a month or two.
The essential thing to remember when making this mix is to use fresh spices. If the ingredients you are using have been sitting in your pantry for years they have lost their potency and flavor. As a general rule, store-bought spices are good for 1-2 years on the shelf as long as they are stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
So, just like the rest of your spices, keep this homemade taco seasoning fresh and flavorful by storing it properly. This means it should be kept in an airtight container stored in a cool, dark place. When properly stored, a batch of this seasoning will be good for an entire year.
Taco Recipes to Try:
Ready to try out your homemade taco seasoning? Here are some of my favorite taco recipes to use it with!
- Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
- Crispy Chicken Tacos
- Easy Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Slaw
- 10-Minute Spicy Shrimp Tacos
- Locos Tacos in a Bag
- Kalua Pork Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa
- Grilled Chicken Tacos with Bacon
- Grilled Steak Street Tacos
How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
- This recipe makes 1/2 cup of mix. Add 2 Tbsp of mix per 1 lb of ground beef.
For Homemade Taco Meat:
- Brown 1 lb ground beef in a skillet. Drain excess fat. Stir in 2 Tbsp of Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix and 2/3 cup water to beef. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve.