DIY Taco seasoning Mix

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Until I came to the United States, I had never tasted Mexican food. I now live very close to the Southern border of the US and I am blessed to enjoy the best Mexican food: fresh and bursting with flavor. It is a favorite of ours that’s for sure.

Since I make my DIY taco seasoning mix, I no longer buy taco seasonings at the store. Most of them contain fillers which are not healthy—not that I am a health food purist. (Although some may disagree.)

Making your own blend is so simple your kids can do it—you can even make it a part of math practice. All you need are a few spices. I buy all of them in bulk which is quite cost-effective.

  • Chili powder

This is a “hot”—as in spicy—spice made from powdered hot chili peppers. The peppers can be from any hot pepper including cayenne, ancho, jalapeno, etc. The “spiciness” of the chili powder will depend on the peppers used. Chili powder blend comes in mild and hot.

  • Garlic powder

Even though garlic powder may not taste like fresh garlic, this dry spice makes a wonderful substitute in certain dishes and spice blends—like this one. Garlic powder is made from dehydrated garlic bulbs that are ground into a fine powder.

  • Onion powder

This powdered spice is made from dehydrated onions. It provides a nice onion substitute in some dishes.

  • Chipotle pepper

This powder is made from finely ground jalapenos peppers. Before being ground into powder, the peppers are smoked over a wood fire giving them a wonderfully rich, smoky, and robust flavor.

  • Oregano

You may be surprised to find out—as I was—that this plant is from the mint family. It is mainly native to the Mediterranean region. Oregano is used extensively in Turkish, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American, and Italian cuisine.

  • Paprika

This spice is made with a combination of bell peppers and chili peppers. They are dehydrated and ground into a fine powder. It is used to add color and flavor to many dishes. The flavor of paprika ranges from sweet, to mild or spicy.

  • Cumin

This spice is native to Syria where cumin thrives in the hot and arid lands. Cumin is from the parsley family and is used in many Mexican dishes, as well as various other ethnic cuisines.

DIY Taco seasoning Mix

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix: Notes and Tips

I prefer to buy organic spices but I don’t always do so.

Our local, natural, grocery store—Sprout’s—sells loose spices (not pre-packaged). This can be a great option if you’d rather not buy in bulk online or if buying in bulk does not make sense for your family size. Buying loose spices is still cheaper than buying your spices pre-packaged.

If you want to buy quality spices at a lower cost than what the grocery store offers, you can also form a co-op (or find one in your area). This allows you to buy in bulk while dividing items among multiple individuals. Co-ops are helpful in keeping costs down while also ensuring a useful purchase quantity. There’s no reason to buy in bulk if any portion ends up wasted.

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix: Recipe

In a small bowl, place one tablespoon of chili powder, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of powdered chipotle peppers, 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of ground paprika,  1½ teaspoons of ground cumin, one teaspoon of salt—I use Himalayan salt or sea salt, and one teaspoon of black pepper (on occasion I use lemon pepper).

Mix with a whisk until combined.

Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix



Place all the spices in a small bowl.

Mix with a whisk until combined.

Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

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