Homemade taco seasoning with salt, chili powder, paprika, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper.
45 Minutes or Less,  Dinner,  Food

Homemade Taco Seasoning With Tacos

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Tacos are one of my go-to easy dinner ideas during the work week, and having a simple homemade taco seasoning recipe is key!

Homemade taco seasoning with salt, chili powder, paprika, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper.

Not only can tacos be thrown together in less than thirty minutes, our family (including the kids, even when they were little!) LOVES tacos and they’re easily built to each person’s specific and particular tastes:


meat, cheese, green onions, sriracha sauce

Child One:

meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, refried beans, sour cream

Child Two:

meat, cheese, lettuce


meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, green onions, avocado, refried beans, sour cream

Homemade taco seasoning with salt, chili powder, paprika, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and black pepper.

For years I used *the* yellow taco seasoning packet. It’s what I grew up with, so that specific brand’s blend is super nostalgic.

But then I realized it’s just as easy to make a similar tasting taco seasoning at home … with spices and herbs I already have in my pantry.

Love that.

The homemade taco seasoning blend I use is simple: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, dried parsley.

It takes all of two minutes to throw together and if you make a bunch, it can be stored in a air-tight container in your pantry.

And it tastes GOOD. Like, really good.

With no preservatives or unpronounceable ingredient words.

You might like this blend, or you might play around with other add-ins like red pepper flakes or dried onion. It’s flexible, which is terrific!

Next up: trying my hand at homemade refried beans

Homemade Taco Seasoning With Tacos

Homemade Taco Seasoning With Tacos

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Why buy a packet when you can make homemade taco seasoning in just a minute or two? These tacos are simple and delicious.


  • 2/3 cup water

For the seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

For the tacos

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 12 cruncy or soft taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomato
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Diced green onions
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Refried beans


For the seasoning

  1. Combine the chili powder, garlic salt, paprika, cumin, black pepper and parsley in a ramekin or small bowl.

For the tacos

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Wrap soft taco shells in aluminum foil and place them next to crunchy shells on a baking sheet. Set it aside.
  2. Season the ground meat (or diced chicken) with salt and pepper, brown it in a skillet over medium-high heat, and then drain it. Return the meat to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the meat and stir it to coat completely. Add the water and bring the meat to a simmer, then cover the pan, reduce the heat and continue a low simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the taco shells in the oven and let them warm for 7-10 minutes while the meat's simmering — be careful not to let the crunchy shells burn!
  5. Serve the taco meat hot with crunchy shells or soft tortillas, a variety of toppings and refried beans.


This recipe seasons approximately one pound of meat. If you have leftover taco seasoning, or want to make a double (or more) batch, store leftover seasoning in an air-tight container in the pantry.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1441mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 8gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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Last Updated on August 18, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!


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