Homemade Taco Seasoning

I love taco seasoning. I use it all the time to make lots of Mexican type dinners. I also find it to be a great way to use up chicken. Toss some seasoning and simmer a bit – perfect for a quicky meal. However I recently started paying attention to the sodium in my food. That stuff is in EVERYTHING. I was devastated when I read the back of my trusty seasoning jug. Gulp. Surely there was a way I could get the yummy taco flavoring without all the added salt.

Hooray! I found one. This seasoning is every bit as delicious and versatile as the store-bought variety, but you control the ingredients. No salt to be found.

Add your spices to an airtight container. I re-used my old (empty…that’s how much I use this stuff) McCormick container.

Shake it up. Looks just like the real thing – huh? Tastes even better!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
from $5 Dinners

  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part ground cumin
  • 1 part garlic powder
  • 1 part onion powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 part crushed red pepper


  1. Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container.
  2. Use sparingly. Or liberally!


  1. Carole Bondesen says:

    I, too, have to watch my sodium intake. I thought I would have to give up my taco seasoning. Thank you for your recipe. I also want to try your lemon money bread, it just looks sooooo good.

    • bakerlady says:

      I love this taco seasoning!! Do the lemon monkey bread. You deserve it if you’re watching sodium.

  2. Mindy Schlecht says:

    I checked out your site because of the monkey bread…can’t wait to make it!!! I’ve repinned several recipes and will be back for more. Thanks!

  3. Hi!

    I found your recipe for taco meat seasoning and decided to make it. I went shopping for the spices and as I was making my selections something occurred to me: is the recipe in parts by weight or parts by volume? I suspect there is a big difference in the outcome!


  4. How much do you use for a pound of hamburger?

  5. I made tacos last week and used your recipe for the seasoning and they turned out fantastic! I like that it didn’t have salt in the recipe because that lets me control how much I use it it.
    My son said it was better than what I normally bought and used!

  6. Hello! Does this one taste similar to the Mccormicks seasoning? I am tired of all the chemicals in it. I’ve been buying the “30% less salt” but it is still not so good anymore. My dad is fussy with taste though and I’m curious as to how this compares. Thanks so much! Have a great day.

    • If you use this and want a similar taste to McCormicks, I’d add salt. I think this tastes better and bolder than McCormicks. Maybe try making a small portion of it and test it out. Let me know what you think!

      • Thank you for getting back to me so fast! I was wondering about the *no* salt. We do prefer SOME. 🙂 However, in all savory cooking I use season salt, which isn’t quite so potent and a little more flavorful. I think I will be making a test batch later this week!!! I will definitely let you know what we think. Tacos are one of our favorite and standby summer meals!


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