DIY Taco Seasoning

We eat taco salad almost every Saturday. If we don’t have other dinner plans, it’s our “go-to”. Not only is it simple but my husband does the cooking that night so I get a break. Also, it’s so versatile. You can eat taco salad with chips or without, and everyone can pick their own toppings. I start my kiddos out with a big bowl of romaine lettuce and they can choose their own toppings. With so many food issues/intolerances in our home taco salad makes dinner easy for at least one night.

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for taco seasoning. You can use this anytime a recipe calls for taco meat in replacement of those store bought packages. Not only is it cheaper to mix your own seasoning, it’s MUCH healthier too. Many of the mixes have stuff added in that I personally don’t want in my taco salad (such as MSG, table salt, or silicon dioxide).

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

We make the taco seasoning in bulk so that we don’t have to mix it every Saturday. I store mine in a small glass mason jar with the rest of my spices.

Here is how we do it… it’s super simple!


  • 1/2 cup chili powder (read the label to make sure it doesn’t have added stuff you don’t want. I prefer mine to be free from salt. I look for the kind with sea salt or no salt, and no silicon dioxide. I like Target’s name brand chili powder.)
  • 2 TBS garlic powder
  • 4 TBS cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 3 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Add all the seasonings to a glass mason jar or other glass container.
  2. Screw (or place) the lid tightly onto the jar or container.
  3. Shake until all the seasonings are completely mixed together

I add 3 TBS of this mixture to 1 lb of beef when I make it. My husband would probably add 4 TBS.

I love this mason jar funnel I got on amazon. Makes the process much less messy.

Taco Seasoning

You can double this recipe if you want to make it even less often.

Cooking the Beef:

When you use this on your ground beef, brown the beef completely first, then add 3-4 TBS of taco seasoning with 1 TBS to 1/4 cup of water depending on how “sloppy” you want your beef. I usually don’t add much water (if any) because we don’t often drain our beef. The grass fed beef we buy is very lean. You can also add a TBS of coconut oil if you like. My husband likes to from time to time.

There you have it! Easy Peasy DIY taco salad seasoning.

And if you do like chips with your taco salad you really need to check out Jackson’s Chips! They are made with coconut oil that has not been refined and sea salt!

My daughter actually eats her taco salad with these Jackson Potato Chips, and I like the Sweet Potato Chips. Weird, I know. 😉

But they make Corn Tortilla Chips too. I have yet to try them since they don’t sell them in my area yet but I have been bugging my local food co op to order them. So hopefully I will get to try them soon. If they are anything like their potato chips they will be am-ma-za-zing!

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