Taco Seasoning

My mom always buys McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix in bulk from Costco and so typically have a drawer full of these packets. The last time I went home, I happened to check the drawer and saw the packets had expired in the 1990s. Winning! Not that I am great at doing timely inventory checks; I barely manage to discard items from the fridge before they grow into completely different products.

As my spice rack has grown exponentially, I have run out of excuses to buy pre-packaged seasoning mixes. So when I wanted to make a healthy Taco Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Cilantro Lime Dressing, I decided to make my own taco seasoning. I had all the spices necessary on hand and then I consulted my favorite AllRecipes website to get tips on proportions. I like my taco seasoning mild with just a slight kick, but if you prefer more heat, this recipe is so easy to tweak to your liking.

Never use taco seasoning from a packet again!

Taco Seasoning (recipe by Bill Echols)

Yields: 3 T of seasoning (~1.5 oz), good for 1lb of ground meat


  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients. This will create 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning, which is enough for 1 lb of ground meat. If you are not using the seasoning right away, store in an airtight container.

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