Homemade Taco Seasoning

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and is stuffed with turkey and mashed potatoes and cranberries and pumpkin pie! This was the first year I spent Thanksgiving in Cincinnati with my husband’s family. It was a really great day, and it also happened to be my husband’s birthday. We started off the day by running in the Thanksgiving Day 10k race. A great way to burn calories before eating a huge meal, and it benefited some great charities. Then we went home, rested and got ready for dinner at his Aunt and Uncle’s house. We had a great meal there, and enjoyed everyone’s company.


(Photo courtesy of Uncle Tim Rodenberg)

The day after we had a big birthday bash for Jason at our house, and he requested tacos and chocolate pie (recipe to come). I made beef and chicken tacos with a homemade seasoning, guacamole, and cilantro lime rice for dinner. I like to use homemade seasoning mix because the pre-made kind you buy in the store can be very high in sodium, and I think it tastes more fresh.


For the seasoning, I mix together chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a dash of salt. The recipe below, is good for one pound of beef or chicken. To make the taco meat, brown ground beef, or boil some chicken and shred it once completely cooked. In a skillet, combine meat and seasoning mix and about 3/4 cup of water over medium heat. Cook until the water has been absorbed. Enjoy with your favorite taco toppings!


Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • Dash of salt


Mix all spices together to combine. Stir into your taco meat, and enjoy!


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