Taco Meat Seasoning Recipe

on Oct 07, 2022 in Sauces & Seasonings

I use this seasoning mix for taco meat, chili, fajitas, and a surprising number of other things. It uses spices you probably already have about.

Adapted from https://altonbrown.com/recipes/homemade-taco-seasoning-19/


  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • ½ tbsp. fine salt (a rare time I use fine salt instead of coarse salt)
  • ½ tbsp. smoked paprika (or sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1 tsp. finely ground black pepper for less spicy)


  1. Whisk all ingredients in large bowl; store in spice jar
  2. Shake jar each time before using

Ideas & Tips

  • I typically use 4 tbsp. of taco meat seasoning per lb. ground meat when making chili or taco meat
  • Adding an equal part water when adding the seasoning to the meat helps it mix in; you can then cook the liquid down or off as desired
  • I do not add cornstarch to this seasoning, to leave it versatile; if you like a thick taco sauce, add a tsp. of cornstarch per 4 tbsp. of seasoning
  • Add a food-safe dry packet to the spice jar to keep humidity from clumping your taco meat seasoning
  • I store all my spices and seasonings in mason jars of various sizes, making it easy to get measure spoons into them and making lids readily available; the downside is they take more room than smaller spice jars


  • 2022-10-06: Doubled the quantity of pumpkin puree
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